Overview

INTRODUCTION

At Burberry, we believe creativity opens spaces. Our purpose is to unlock the power of imagination to push boundaries and open new possibilities for our people, our customers and our communities. This is the core belief that has guided Burberry since it was founded in 1856 and is central to how we operate as a company today.   

We aim to provide an environment for creative minds from different backgrounds to thrive, bringing a wide range of skills and experiences to everything we do. As a purposeful, values-driven brand, we are committed to being a force for good in the world as well, creating the next generation of sustainable luxury for customers, driving industry change and championing our communities. 

JOB PURPOSE

 

The Product Development Manager will have accountability and act as the main point of contact for their respective category. They will lead a team of Product Developers and Assistants to deliver the Collection in line with the design brief whilst managing the budget and critical path.

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Build and maintain a close working partnership with Design to develop the collection from initial concept through to finished product
  • Act as the technical partner for design, attending fittings, providing feedback on technical feasibility, brainstorming ideas and solutions to ensure the design vision is translated into product
  • Build and manage the critical path from concept to pre-production with design and manufacturers. Ensuring deadlines are adhered to and follow up on all prototype/sample issues to resolve and drive to completion. Identifying, calling out and making recommendations to mitigate any risks/challenges identified at all stages
  • Manage the budget for the collection, ensuring product costs meet margin requirements and the overall collection is delivered within budget
  • Manage all vendor relationships for the collection, working with manufacturers to negotiate and calculate costs for prototypes & samples
  • Order prototype and sampling raw materials directly from manufacturers
  • Attend production meetings and ensure smooth hand off to Production of all products

PERSONAL PROFILE

 

 

  • Ability to work in partnership with Design Directors, understanding and interpreting their creative aesthetic and design vision and translating this to teams and vendors
  • Technical capability and product knowledge with ability to confidently influence the Design team and provide on the spot solutions in:
  • Leather goods construction, leather/materials knowledge linked to shape and performance
  • Creation metals and Galvanic processes; jewellery and eyewear industry regulatory knowledge; semi-precious stone, crystal, glass & pearl materials; managing a licensing partnership – 
  • Leather and tanning process, origin of raw materials from development to industrialisation; woven fabrics, cottons, wools, technical materials including plastics and coated materials; print development and industrialisation; technical embroidery and embellishment knowledge
  • Experience of runway
  • Experience managing vendor relationships, delivering clear briefs, leveraging relationships to meet demands and negotiating costs
  • Experience managing and developing a team
  • Critical path management ensuring collections are delivered on time, identifying, calling out and making recommendations to mitigate any risks/challenges identified
  • Able to build and manage a budget with commercial awareness and understanding of product cost, achieving a balance between creativity and commercial implications throughout the product development process
  • Demonstrated experience working on site with vendors and operational knowledge of factories, delivering clear briefs and leveraging relationships and availability to meet demands
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to negotiate with credibility, share information effectively, and work confidently at all levels and with cross functional teams
  • In depth knowledge of fashion and products in relevant category –‘fashion sensibility’ – knowledge of trends, the market, the luxury consumer and peer awareness
  • Computer skills: PLM, excel, indesign

FOOTER

Burberry is an Equal Opportunities Employer and as such, treats all applications equally and recruits purely on the basis of skills and experience.

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Posting Notes: United Kingdom || Not Applicable || London || PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT || NO DEPARTMENT – FPT9022 || n/a ||

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