September 19, 2017

Product Approval Manager

New York, New York


The Product Approval Manager will oversee the approval process for a category or brand and work closely with Sourcing and overseas factories to drive product execution and on-time deliveries.

Key Accountabilities:

·       Provide direction on all approvals for the brand/category including fabric qualities, wash, lab dips, artwork, accessories, trims and pre-production samples in a timely manner

·       Build strong, collaborative relationships with Design, Production, Sourcing and Sales to elevate the product standards and meet all deadlines 

·       Partner with overseas offices and vendors to ensure timely delivery of all submissions, pre-production and production issues and approvals; execute and resolve issues effectively

·       Manage the tracking system, Time & Action calendars and PSR reports to ensure all target deadlines are achieved to meet scheduled delivery dates

·       Provide input on each vendor’s pre-production approval performance to support the Balanced Scorecard Rating per vendor

·      Work closely with the Production and Sourcing teams to review all pre-productions samples and placements to address any callouts and issues prior to final production

·      Send out fabric qualities, wash and color standards for production

·      Work cross functionally with Design to review all fabric standards by season

·      Approve and send QRS samples to License Partners

·      Manage seasonal/directive assortments by program

·      Special projects as assigned

Required Skills/Abilities/Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Product Management, Fashion Merchandising or related field
  • 3+ years of experience in related field, (children’s wear experience a plus)
  • Knowledge of garment manufacturing, fabric construction, finishes, trims and print technique
  • Proven ability to work with international business partners to drive results
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast paced environment


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