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A.W.A.K.E. MODE

Product Development Manager

Permanent

London, UK

Level

Senior Manager

Skills

Product Development (Advanced)

Product Line Development (Advanced)

Technical Product Development (Advanced)

fashion product development (Advanced)

Merchandise Development (Advanced)

Languages

English (Work Proficiency)

# Position: Head of Product Development / Senior Product Developer


**About A.W.A.K.E. MODE**


A.W.A.K.E. MODE is seeking a highly experienced Head of Product Development or Senior Product Developer to manage and lead our Ready-To-Wear (RTW) portfolio. This role will collaborate with the creative director in delivering a range that is commercially viable, on time, and in line with seasonal sales campaign deadlines. 


## Key Responsibilities


**Primary Functions:**


- Lead seasonal womenswear development cycles across categories from woven to knitwear to jersey to denim.

- Manage freelance pattern makers, seamstresses, in-house atelier, and product development team.

- Work closely with design, production, and sales departments.


**Operational Responsibilities:**


- Collaborate with Creative Director and Finance department to plan collections; manage the critical path for all product development deadlines.

- Oversee team hiring, training, management, and freelance team negotiation.

- Handle the processing of product development invoices, liaising with the finance department to ensure staff payment, and manage stock control.

- Use the company's software system "Zedonk" for seasonal setup, pricing strategy, and production handovers.

- Conduct product-related activities such as raw material selection, sample making, spec creation, tech pack creation, fitting meetings, and production amendments.

- Manage travel and factory visits, conducting quality control visits and product development support when necessary.


## Required Experience and Qualifications


- A minimum of 10 years' experience in luxury RTW Product Development.

- Understanding of the wholesale development cycle.

- Proven track record working CMT and with factories in Europe and Far East.

- Excellent technical knowledge of garment construction in pattern making and garment technology.

- Understanding of and experience in knitwear; additional experiences in footwear and accessories beneficial.

- Strong team management skills.

- Excellent cross-functional collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills.

- Ability to multitask and thrive under pressure.

- Outstanding attention to detail and price negotiation skills.


## Organizational Structure


- You will directly report to the founder/creative director.

- Your supervision will include the atelier, external factories, external freelance pattern makers, seamstresses, product development coordinator, and interns.

- You will closely collaborate with the production, finance, and sales departments.

Level

Senior Manager

Skills

Product Development (Advanced)

Product Line Development (Advanced)

Technical Product Development (Advanced)

fashion product development (Advanced)

Merchandise Development (Advanced)

Languages

English (Work Proficiency)

# Position: Head of Product Development / Senior Product Developer


**About A.W.A.K.E. MODE**


A.W.A.K.E. MODE is seeking a highly experienced Head of Product Development or Senior Product Developer to manage and lead our Ready-To-Wear (RTW) portfolio. This role will collaborate with the creative director in delivering a range that is commercially viable, on time, and in line with seasonal sales campaign deadlines. 


## Key Responsibilities


**Primary Functions:**


- Lead seasonal womenswear development cycles across categories from woven to knitwear to jersey to denim.

- Manage freelance pattern makers, seamstresses, in-house atelier, and product development team.

- Work closely with design, production, and sales departments.


**Operational Responsibilities:**


- Collaborate with Creative Director and Finance department to plan collections; manage the critical path for all product development deadlines.

- Oversee team hiring, training, management, and freelance team negotiation.

- Handle the processing of product development invoices, liaising with the finance department to ensure staff payment, and manage stock control.

- Use the company's software system "Zedonk" for seasonal setup, pricing strategy, and production handovers.

- Conduct product-related activities such as raw material selection, sample making, spec creation, tech pack creation, fitting meetings, and production amendments.

- Manage travel and factory visits, conducting quality control visits and product development support when necessary.


## Required Experience and Qualifications


- A minimum of 10 years' experience in luxury RTW Product Development.

- Understanding of the wholesale development cycle.

- Proven track record working CMT and with factories in Europe and Far East.

- Excellent technical knowledge of garment construction in pattern making and garment technology.

- Understanding of and experience in knitwear; additional experiences in footwear and accessories beneficial.

- Strong team management skills.

- Excellent cross-functional collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills.

- Ability to multitask and thrive under pressure.

- Outstanding attention to detail and price negotiation skills.


## Organizational Structure


- You will directly report to the founder/creative director.

- Your supervision will include the atelier, external factories, external freelance pattern makers, seamstresses, product development coordinator, and interns.

- You will closely collaborate with the production, finance, and sales departments.

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