VF Corporation Manager, Product Development in Nashville, Tennessee
Strategic Supply Modeling & Development:
Works with the Sr Mgr. Product Development to craft and supports the executable supply plan.
Communicates with and negotiates/supports VF owned manufacturing & sourcing hubs in managing all associated supply contracts.
Supports manufacturing product development while working with any/all supply models (internal/external); understands and monitors supply base key performance metrics and market conditions in support of product placement.
Provides expertise on changes within supplier operations.
Provides preliminary cost estimates and final cost, to the Brand.
Manages & Evaluates, details related to development of product, costs and business strategies related to preferred supply options.
Collaborates with technical services (materials/garment), merchandising, brand, manufacturing/sourcing to service all product launches.
Manages total sample process for brands product, to include timely delivery.
Provides viable options for development selections, while maintaining integrity of the design and brand.
Supports Sr Manager Product Development, merchandising, brand, marketing, and sales to make informed decisions on product.
Analyzes and resolves problems by negotiating solutions between VF manufacturing, suppliers, operations, and business. Coordinates efforts for all prototypes, fit assessments, lab tests, and other PD/supply interfaces.
Communicates, within the supply model, all changes and amendments to garments until all specifications are met.
Report all conflicts to the Sr Mgr. Product Development if specific problems occur within the framework of product development.
Years of Related Professional Experience: 5-7
Product development and related garment experience
Manufacturing / Garment construction experience a plus
International experience a plus
Project Management experience
Analytical and ability to process data
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
Strong negotiating skills
Innovative and creative problem-solving skills
Excellent organization skills
Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects & priorities
Proficient PC skills (spreadsheets, Excel, Word & other databases)
Bilingual in Chinese or Spanish preferred.
25% travel - international and domestic travel
Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.
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VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.