Product Development Assistant – Garments

March 25, 2020
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Description: FR Workwear, Rainwear and Hard Hats

The Product Development Assistant partners with the Product Manager to develop, manage, and grow the FR (Flame Resistant) Workwear, Rainwear and Hard Hat product lines. This role is key to assisting the development process to meet gross margin goals of new product introductions / product line additions, and maintenance of discontinued products information. The Product Development Assistant is the key coordinator and facilitator among cross functional departments such as Sales, Purchasing, Operations, Suppliers and Accounting to consistently deliver on Product Management / Launch objectives. The position coordinates daily activities within assigned Product Managers responsibilities and serves as a resource among other Product Managers as needed, as well as performs other duties as assigned.
1. Coordinating, completing and submitting with Product Managers and cross functional departments all new item set up which includes
o New Item Set Up form
o Product Specification
o Product Artwork (Insert Card, Hang Card, Collar Tags, Warnings IFUs)
o Package Master
o Testing requirements for Quality Control
o Cost Build Ups with Master Specifications

2. Responsible for product group maintenance
o Set up new groups in P21 and correct GL accounts are assigned
3. Responsible for coordinating, completing and submitting, to Purchasing, all new Supplier Set Up requests, including:
o Supplier Agreements
o Vendor Payment Request
o General Terms and Conditions
o Supplier Qualification Questionnaire
o Social and Ethical Compliance Agreement
o Supplier Approval forms
o Prop 65 forms
o Master factory files
o Rebate Agreements
o Supplier Agreements- signed and updated
o Terms to be updated

4. Responsible for updating and distributing the New Product Release-
o Coordinate with all Product Managers and Marketing and distribute by the 5th of every month

5. Responsible for managing all sample requests and sample approvals from Product Managers, going to and from all vendors
o Manage an internal log book of when request came in and where shipped, including AWB#
o Manage an internal log book of when samples are being shipped to us, by vendors, including AWB#
o Log samples in, comments out to factories in a precise manner and with a sense of urgency as needed
o Responsible for all tracking and completing all shipping forms

6. Provide reporting as needed by Product Managers (PHOCAS P21)
o Inventory Levels
o Sales Trends
o Margins

7. Responsible for coordinating, completing and submitting a monthly Discontinued List with Product Managers, including the following:
o Identify items to be discontinued and communicate with cross functional departments
o Communicate to Purchasing Mark as Not to be Replenished in P21
o Add to discontinued item list
o Work with Product Manager on Pricing
o Coordinate with Marketing to prepare of sales material needed to facilitate liquidation of discontinued items
o Distribute a monthly progress report by SKU

8. Responsible for maintaining and updating the style files for each category on the master server, including:
o Creating a master list and compiling a status report for each required document below
o Facilitating and coordinating with the Product Manager and Marketing all packaging incoming and outgoing to get all styles completed product specifications, cost build ups, packaging master, certifications.

9. Responsible for initiating Project Management process from concept approval to product launch by tracking internal document flow, including:
o Managing the document flow, e.g. from Packaging Masters to Quality Control to Product Managers
o Maintaining precise account of when documents are passed from department to department, responsibilities need to be completed, potential contingencies, etc.
o Eliminate any roadblocks and ensure flawless communication

10. Other duties as assigned

. Requirements: REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
o Bachelor Degree and 2+ years apparel product and/or project management experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience
o Cut and Sew Fabric experience required

o Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business literature and/or training materials
o Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures
o Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and vendors
o Ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
o Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
o Must have the ability to establish and maintain interpersonal relationship and communicate with persons outside the organization in a professional manner.

o Ability to work with mathematical concepts to solve problems
o Must be able to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages and proportions to practical situations

o Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
o Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables
o Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
o Actively looking for ways to help people
o Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
o Managing one's own time and the time of others
o Must obtain the ability to organize, plan and/or prioritize work

o Must be PC literate
o Must have demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills
o Experience using a computer application to manage large amounts of information, including creating and editing simple databases, inputting data, retrieving specific records, and creating reports to communicate the information
o Garment and Apparel Technical Design Experience
o Garment Measurement Specs and Grading
o Garment Construction Detail
o MUST have familiarity with Pattern Software (Example: Gerber Accumark, StyleCAD)

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee has to occasionally stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; the employee is frequently required to walk; the employee is required to regularly sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The employee is occasionally exposed to the risk of electrical shock
TRAVEL: 3-4 Times Per Year North America and Mexico

Radians, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

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