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Vice President Product Development, Textiles

Location: California
Date: 6/10/2019

This is an innovative luxury brand that creates spaces that blur the lines between residential and retail. This company is positioned as a lifestyle brand and design authority, offering dominant assortments across a growing number of categories. Our unique product development, go-to-market and supply chain capabilities enable us to offer a compelling combination of design, quality and value that we believe is unparalleled in the marketplace.

The VP, Product Development, Textiles will have an immediate connection to our Values (People, Service, Quality and Innovation). This leader will be extremely flexible and enjoy a “startup” mentality and environment that changes day to day and will “assume positive intentions” at all times. They will be personable, open to learning, collaborate well with others and have a positive attitude, and are more apt to saying “yes” or “will find a way” (rather than “no” or “that’s impossible”) will be at the top of our list.

Essential Responsibilities:
• Build seasonal lifestyle concepts and product ideas by collaborating and aligning with cross categorical Product Development partners and Merchandising teams
• Bring new concepts, product ideas and a strong point of view to ideation and development process
• Research trends, competition and resources
• Present initial product concepts based on research of trends, competition, and resources to accomplish overall merchandising focus and assortment driven needs
• Partner with Merchandising teams to develop/maintain businesses and strategize long-term goals
• Demonstrate thorough understanding of overall merchandising vision, current business performance and brand strategy in all proposed concepts
• Drive every stage of development process from initial design concepts to final sample approval while meeting timelines
• Lead and oversee the Textiles Product Development team in all phases of development to drive to a production ready/approved sample
• Partner directly with manufacturers to ensure the vision and design are executed
• Communicate in a consistent and timely manner all progress and issues that arise in development within the PD team and with Merchant teams
• Provide support and troubleshoot issues for team members and cross-functional partners
• Work closely with Sourcing and Merchandising teams to identify appropriate manufacturers
• Drive approval process, follow up on questions and direction to insure quick turnaround of products
• Build strong partnership with PD peers and Merchandising teams
• Lead and guide Product Managers throughout the development and sample execution process by helping them establish vendor relations and partnerships with sourcing and merchandising teams
• Schedule design projects to insure completion within necessary timeline
• Lead development communication and build collaborative relationships with sourcing partners and vendor manufacturers
• Plan and schedule inspiration, sample review and vendor trips
• Forecast, track and reconcile assigned budget categories

Related Competencies:
• Strong leadership skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Strategic and mental agility
• Results-driven
• Gains insights from mistakes, seeks constructive feedback from colleagues and supervisors to improve results
• High energy, ability to energize others
• Smart, creative and has a point of view
• Concerned with what’s right, rather than who’s right
• Creates a positive and healthy work environment in which people want to do their best
• Commitment to quality, detail focused on all levels
• Delivery of first-class service to our employees and clients

All Candidates must be able to provide work related references.

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Rush & Company is a full service Executive Search Firm that specializes in the Soft Goods industry. Included in this industry are the apparel, home furnishings and industrial markets. We work in the fiber, fabric and fashion industry with clients and candidates located all over the world

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