Manager, Product Development & Production

Ralph Lauren   •  

New York, NY

Industry: Retail & Consumer Goods


5 - 7 years

Posted 30 days ago

Company Description

Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances. For 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Ralph Lauren Collection, Double RL, Polo Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children’s, Ralph Lauren Home, Lauren Ralph Lauren, RLX, American Living, Chaps and Club Monaco, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands.

Position Overview

  • Manage the Product Development and Production (full product life cycle) for a portion of the Dress category within the Lauren Brand.  Partner with the Design, Merchandising, Technical Design, and Raw Materials Teams, as well as Sourcing Offices and Factories to ensure the integrity of product from salesman sample to bulk production. 
  • Drive the development and execution of the product strategy for the brand to create best overall value in terms of product, price, lead-time and quality

Essential Duties & Responsibilities


  • Communicate strategies and align execution plans with Brand, Sourcing offices, Raw Material Team and Product Integrity
  • Partner with Design on all design approvals and comments
  • Partner with Tech team to ensure design execution meets Product Standards/RL requirements
  • Drive the optimized lead-times and activities from development to store
  • Develop and create timelines with sourcing offices and vendors on lab dips, raw material sourcing and approvals to ensure production delivery deadlines are met
  • Communicate with vendors and suppliers to address development and resolve production issues
  • Maintain development and production costing for products
  • Review and update all costs from initial to final stages
  • Request, manage and track development and showroom samples
  • Submit and follow up on testing to ensure the quality level of the products are in the limits for the defined quality standards
  • Monitor /maintain weekly T&A, WIP tracker
  • Partner with Merchandising, raw material teams and sourcing office to platform and/or position raw materials
  • Ensure fit approvals are approved to meet delivery deadlines
  • Provide order placement timelines and MOQ’s to Merchandising, Regions & Channels
  • Manage and Submit production orders to vendors to meet delivery deadlines 

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+  years of experience in the apparel industry
  • Knowledge of woven fabric. knitwear and garment manufacturing process;
  • Knowledge of apparel product development; includes experience in knitwear and Dress development & production
  • Strong communication and cross-functional team collaboration skills; ability to work closely with Design, Technical Design, Raw Materials, and Merchandising Teams, as well as Sourcing Offices
  • Strong organizational skills with detailed attention to product information

·         Strong computer skills; excel, outlook, PLM