Product Development Manager

  • Nisolo
  • Nashville, TN, United States
  • Jun 06, 2017
Full time Design Management Strategy-Planning

Job Description

About You

  • You are highly motivated, self-managed, and are able to think strategically and independently.
  • You love to travel, and are excited by the prospect of working regularly in Los Angeles, Mexico and Peru.
  • You are motivated at least in part by a commitment to social impact in your daily work. You love fashion and keeping up with trends in the industry.
  • You speak Spanish or can communicate at a conversational level and have a strong willingness to strengthen your Spanish language skills.
  • You are crazy attentive to detail and can also manage a tight deadline.
  • You are an exceptionally organized self-starter who can prioritize well in a high growth, “hands off” environment.
  • You can set strategy and vision, but you are not afraid to execute at a tactical level. There is no task too small or too big for you.
  • You are hardworking and resourceful. You understand why data is critical to make high-level, strategic, business decisions and are passionate about providing and analyzing that data.
  • You respond positively to constructive feedback and adapt quickly to change.
  • You have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, seeing every challenge as an opportunity to learn.
  • You’re humble, hungry, and smart (in that order). You know what you’re good at while still continually striving to improve and grow in all areas.
  • You’re a great team player who can collaborate with cross-functional teams within a small and growing organization.
  • You’re not afraid to have a little fun every now and then.


Project Management

  • Builds, manages, and flexes the product development calendar to insure timely turnover of development, return of prototypes, golden samples and placement of final production order for timely product releases.
  • Monitors product development calendar daily to promote flow of development; accelerates and resolves calendar variances with team and management.
  • Manages sourcing partner relationships to ensure on-time production and delivery against line strategy, as well as achieves divisional margin goals, quality standards and key performance indicators.
  • Manages communication with marketing, creative, and sales teams about upcoming production orders and product launches, as well as any other issues related to product development.

Design + Development

  • Manages cross functional relationships to ensure our product meets aesthetic, quality, sizing and functional requirements.
  • Works closely with the design team on seasonal offering needs to provide options in materials, suppliers, techniques, and costs that are on brand.
  • Works closely with the design team to support in making final decisions and adjustments in the late stages of the design and development process.
  • Manages the process of both fit and wear testing, addressing variances with suppliers, merchandising, design, and production.
  • Sources alternate manufacturers and material suppliers to provide options in materials, products, and techniques as needed while building a tight factory partner base.
  • Reviews and approve all production materials.
  • Reviews and communicates style/material minimums, material costs, and lead times to cross functional teams in development.
  • Analyzes and contributes to discussion of SKU strategy, sales and costing targets during product development process.
  • Travels 6-12 times per year to Los Angeles, Mexico, Peru, or as needed to fulfill the requirements of the role.

Product Integrity

  • Aims to instill quality in the product from onset of development through final production.
  • Reviews all components with an eye for quality and durability (wear testing).
  • Tests questionable materials and treatments in development cycle for durability.
  • Communicates any quality control issues encountered upon product arrival or reported from customers, and works with vendors to continually improve quality standards.
  • Manages and resolves any quality issues post production.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of past experience working in product development, sourcing, and/or production of consumer goods (footwear experience preferred) in a similar vein to the current Nisolo offering.
  • BA/BS degree or equivalent life experience.
  • Experience traveling to, and working in, developing countries.
  • Spanish language proficiency or strong desire to rapidly learn.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Strong collaborative and detail oriented skills.
  • Able to work in a fluid, fast-paced, multi-channel environment.
  • Able to maintain high standard of confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Understanding of sustainable fashion, ethical fashion, and/or social enterprise preferred.