Production Manager

May 10, 2021
The Production Manager will ensure production runs smoothly. In this role you will oversee planning, coordinating and controlling the manufacturing processes. You will manage information for development of new styles from concept to production via interaction with internal and external cross functional partners.You will need to make sure that the costs, quality and number of goods are correct.
Responsibilities
  • Fabric
    • Partner with Design on initial development.
    • Oversee raw material development to meet price, aesthetic, and quality needs.
    • Ensure raw materials are executable; consider fabric platforming possibilities.
    • Oversee raw materials testing and creation and maintenance of raw materials library.
  • Product Development
    • Partner with Design to drive trends/concepts to executable samples.
    • Work with Design to select fabrics and trims to meet Design aesthetics, price points, and quality needs.
    • Manage compliance to T&A calendar in conjunction with major milestones.
    • Manage development ratios to agreed to levels while meeting roadmap needs.
    • Formulate sourcing strategy by partnering with Production Director before placing sample request in overseas factories.
    • Allocate samples and source raw materials from appropriate factories and mills.
    • Actively participate in key milestone meetings with Design, Production, and Merchants.
    • Work on alternative solutions so garments meet cost requirements from initial thru final costing.
  • Production
    • Facilitate and lead cross-functional interaction to drive decision making process, remove road blocks and bring resolution. Attend key meetings to facilitate and drive toward resolution.
    • Execute sourcing strategy at a seasonal level. Own, monitor and manage factory allocation. Elevate concerns and issues to supervisor as needed. Forecast and hindsight Vendor / Agent capacity and capabilities.
    • Manage external partners’ relationships by communicating and partnering with them on: Seasonal allocation strategy; production, product or costing challenges, initiatives or issues; factory loading / capacity planning.
    • Manage internal partners’ relationships by communicating and partnering with them on: seasonal IMU goals, volume, air budget and trigger strategy; seasonal allocation strategy and booking calendar; costing and TNA challenges as well as production or product issues.
    • Own seasonal costing activities encompassing: Securing and communicating IMU goals to team; reviewing and analyzing costs identifying opportunities for improvement and taking action based on IMU results; elevating costing issues to supervisor and executing to direction; communicating IMU results to cross functional partners; confirming costing at style level.
    • Enforce that TNA calendar and seasonal milestones are being met and elevate issues to supervisor as needed.
    • Review escalated PSR issues and determine action steps which may include: Giving direction to coordinator to execute, reaching out to Vendor / Agent to work on solutions and / or escalating to supervisor.
    • Visit facilities to monitor production, evaluate capacity and compliance as needed.
    • Train and develop designated production staff.
    • Ensure initiatives, tools and systems are being implemented and maintained. Monitor use of systems over time.
    • Proactive communication and execution of seasonal sourcing strategy internally and externally.
    • Accountable for product and production integrity while achieving financial goals and delivery on time, quality merchandise.
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