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Organization
Job Title
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
Location
New York, New York
Zip/Postal Code
10001
Country
United States
Region
NY Metro
Position type
Permanent
Category
Apparel
Textiles
Job Function
Product Management

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

  • Assist the design and product development team with operational support in creating and executing seasonal collections


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in assembling Design Boards & materials for presentation (mood, color, fabric & trim boards and catalogs)
  • Assist with preparation for all Design Meetings, Board Reviews, Hand Offs, Line Reviews and market week presentations
  • Organize and record all styles, research, reference garments, trim, etc.
  • Swatch and create hangers for Design & Product Development Team
  • Receiving, tagging and rolling sample fabric yardage
  • Communicate with fabric vendors to maintain accurate information
  • Assist in updating technical packages
  • Update sketches, line sheets and catalogs
  • Assist technical design in preparing for fit sessions (measuring, preparing and steaming garments/files)
  • Manage and track development & approval samplesĀ 
  • Track and Check in Samples
  • Manage sample loans and keep an accurate and updated account of loans
  • Update sample tracking charts
  • Assist in receiving, entering and logging all development samples
  • Maintain accurate records that are critical to the development process
  • Create tags for all new development samples
  • Photograph all new development samples and save images in shared drive for PD team
  • Assist with sample pick-ups/drop-offs
  • Assist product development with lab dip, strike off & trim submits; maintain records
  • Shop Market to find trims and findings to update or correct samples
  • Maintain sample, trim, fabric and color libraries
  • Learn to communicate with fabric vendors to maintain accurate information
  • Receiving, tagging and rolling sample fabric yardage
  • Assist in ordering, tracking and organizing development fabrics
  • Shipping Development packages out/receiving packages in
  • Preparing Sample Cutting Tickets
  • Prepping Outgoing Shipments to Factories including shipping documents.
  • Cross-check packing list with physically received fabrics and samples
  • Help to copy/organize in house patterns
  • Assist in beading and hand sewing samples when neededĀ 
  • Attend and observe prototype fittings
  • Additional seasonal projects
  • Help to maintain a clean and organized office space

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:

  • Associates or Bachelors degree with major in Fashion Merchandising or Design preferred
  • 2-3 years of experience in related field
  • Interest in sourcing, developing, textiles, product development and production/manufacturing
  • Creative thinker with an understanding of the product development lifecycle
  • Demonstrate strong, consistent problem solving abilities and result-driven communication with business partners
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook. Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and WebPDM is a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously in order to help meet team deadlines
  • Detail Oriented
  • Possess a strong work ethic
  • Punctual
  • Ability to be a team player and foster a commitment to teamwork with other associates
  • Ability to follow process and to get things done efficiently
  • Understanding garment construction and ability to communicate technical information
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