Manager, Sourcing Dresses, Woven Tops, Skirts – Ann Taylor

Company Details

The Manager of Product Development & Production drives the process from seasonal development of product to manufacturing process in alignment with the divisional sourcing strategies. Ensures the product integrity standards are met as per the Product Lifecycle Calendar. Monitors and manages to ensure IMU performance, quality, on time delivery, business practices are achieved. Champions the company’s values & practices by maintaining effective collaborative relationships

Role and Responsibilities:

The manager of sourcing drives process from seasonal development of product to Manufacturing. Monitors and/or manages creating PLC deadlines, AUC, IMU, quality, on-time delivery, and business processes

Works with associates to ensure all functional tasks are executed correctly and are meeting deadlines

Considered a leader within the CFT and offers recommendations and POV

Tracks and adheres to departmental budget and development agreements and communicates updates to the CFT

Responsible owner of target setting, cost engineering, negotiating costs, and confirming costs

Effectively articulates business vision and key initiatives and explains rationale to team

Ensures department is meeting LT initiatives by managing T&A’s

Manages own workload and delegates tasks to associates to consistently deliver accurate and timely results

Analyzes complex information, has oversight of key processes, and makes recommendations to drive business initiatives and communicates with direct manager

Focus is generally on current/future quarter/season with awareness of annual plans and objectives

Builds collaborative relationships and efficiencies within the CFT and is accountable for the information being discussed relationships and taking pride in the company and brand

Keeps the internal and external customer top of mind in all decisions

Is proactive in identifying and understanding the customer’s perspective and needs

Achieves seasonal IMU aligned to the corporate financial objectives

Interacts with cross-functional team in building seasonal assortments to align with corporate strategies

Manages and communicates seasonal time and actions calendars – including off season calendar

Partner with Fabric Manager to research and achieve affordable textiles

Collaborates with logistics on all pre-classifications and binding rulings

Handles other responsibilities and projects as assigned

People ManagementResponsible for the selection, development and retention of team members

Mentors, coaches and counsels direct reports on performance expectations

Provides a positive, challenging work environment

Experience and Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree, in a related field of study, or equivalent functional experience

Minimum 5 – 7 years related experience in Product Development sourcing and Production,

Minimum management experience of one direct report

Strong knowledge of fabric/yarn and basic garment construction

Strong leadership and managerial skills

Flexible/adaptable in a fast paced environment

Strong team orientation and ability to maintain collaborative working relationships

Strong communication, presentation, negotiation and decision-making skills

International travel experience

Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications, Gsuite, and cloud based PLM systems


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