Associate Product Development & Production Manager - Handbags

Location: New York, New York US


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Job Number: 21512

Position Title: Associate Product Development & Production Manager

External Description:

The fundamental responsibilities of the Associate Product Development & Production Manager are to provide daily support to the Director for all functions of the product life cycle from concept to delivery. The Associate Product Development & Production Manager will report directly to the Director of Accessories for our leather goods categories.

What We Offer:

  • Growth! Here at Talbots our goal is to give you the opportunities to grow with us. Our Performance Feedback Program allows for healthy career conversations and goal setting throughout the year.
  • Condensed Work Week! If we have no work obligations and have fulfilled our 40-hour week, our Life-Work balance approach allows for us to start our weekend at 1pm on Fridays.
  • Complete Benefit Package! Our benefits kick off the first day of the month after your start date! Discover more about our full benefits package here. We have competitive time off, including paid time to volunteer within the community.
  • Merchandise Discounts! Our associates receive 50% off Talbots and select Haven Well Within brand items. Additionally, you may also be eligible for discounts at the brands across KnitWell Group.

The starting salary range is $70,000 - $80,000. 

What You’ll Do:

  • Assist Director by driving results that support sourcing strategy.
  • Daily communication with internal and external business partners.
  • Respond to emails without delay with fact-based information and closure.
  • Thorough and consistent follow through on emails, pending deliverables until satisfactorily closed.
  • Manage Time and Action Calendar through each seasonal life cycle.
  • Set up and maintain Bamboo Rose PLM system and Excel spreadsheets.
  • Set up and maintain orders in purchase order software system; ensure accuracy and distribution.
  • Track, receive, unpack, distribute, and ship packages in various stages through the product life cycle.
  • Weekly review of Work in Progress (WIP) Manufacturing Reports with Director & external business partners.
  • Track bulk production product shipment deliveries for on time in distribution center (DC) receipts.
  • Assist in costing of product, product analysis, cost entry, generate cost summary reports, and maintenance of same.
  • Analyze and recognize risk assessments and timely communication of same.
  • Identify solutions for category, departmental, and risk assessment challenges.
  • Set up fit, confirmation samples, and any other sample reviews that need timely seasonal approval.
  • Manage photo sample tracking and review.
  • Verify technical design packets with manager and design business partners to ensure clarity and accuracy before handoff to overseas agents.
  • Request Custom’s style classifications from Imports team, general maintenance, and data integrity in TradeStone.
  • Ability to think critically and assist manager in daily roles and responsibilities.
  • Foster relationships with internal business partners and external business partners.
  • Support manager and other category team members on special projects as needed.
  • Support Footwear when needed.

Who You Are:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3+ years textile, apparel, and accessories product development and sourcing industry experience or business background preferred
  • Experience in leather goods required. Handbag experience preferred
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Understanding of PLM systems
  • PC proficient with emphasis on Microsoft Excel and Word. Working knowledge of MS Teams, a plus
  • Customer service focused -- ability to build collaborative working relationships and understand partner’s needs
  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Disciplined follow through and operational skill set
  • Results driven
  • Organized with ability to multitask and deadline oriented
  • Culturally sensitive and aware and able to adjusts personal style to different cultures



Community / Marketing Title: Associate Product Development & Production Manager - Handbags

Company Profile:

Talbots is a leading omni-channel specialty retailer of women's clothing, shoes and accessories. Established in 1947, the company is known for modern classic style that's both timeless and timely, fine quality craftsmanship and gracious service. At Talbots relationships are the key to our business, we hire individuals who bring new ideas to the table, understand smart risk taking and  can enhance an already thriving culture.  With a commitment to offer modern classic style for every body type, through a  full range of sizes, inclusive to every woman in your life.

EEO Employer Verbiage:

Talbots is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. Hiring decisions are based upon a candidate's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration and are made without regard to race, sex, national origin, color, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, or any other category protected by applicable law. Talbots is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for job applicants with disabilities. If you require an accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position you are seeking or to participate in the application process please contact Talbots will make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified applicants or employees, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the operations of the Company’s business.

PositionType_Description: Full Time

Location_formattedLocationLong: New York, New York US

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