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Position Summary:
The Product Manager manages and develops private brand labels manufactured exclusively for Belk.  Takes the lead in the working relationship in development and production of private brand merchandise between merchant, planning, agent, and cross-functional development team; inclusive of design, textile design, technical design, and color.  Responsible for all planned development metrics, sales, turn, margin and inventory.
Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Sales / Margin: 
  • Analyze sales and gross margin performance by style, classification, and department. 
  • Utilize business trends; reacting quickly to maximize in season opportunities and drive future development.
  • Partner with planning and domestic vendors to achieve vendor margin plans. Negotiate markdown assistance as needed.
Development / Assortment:
  • Shop retail market to identify assortment, incoming trends and pricing opportunities based on competitive landscape. 
  • Create comprehensive and cohesive line to achieve strategic sourcing and assortment goals. 
  • Develop style and SKU plans by classification.
  • Partner with agent on product development. Work directly with core domestic vendors to develop product where core competencies align with strategy.
  • Prepare materials and conduct line review with merchant organization. Responsible for recapping, finalizing, and communicating style placement to cross functional development team, agent, and vendors.
  • Communicate all target costs and quantities by style and negotiate costing to achieve competitive pricing and strategic mark up targets.
  • Monitor development metrics on adoption and hit rate.
  • Identify new packaging label and hang tag needs. Monitor the follow up and tracking of these requests.

Production / T&A:
  • Work with the Senior PM and VP to plan, place, and manage the supplier base through overseas agent.
  • Completes follow up on all placements in accordance with time and action calendar to ensure product specifications, quality standards, deadlines and deliveries are met as contracted. 
  • Partner with cross functional design, textile design, technical design and color teams on all approvals.
  • Monitor style set up and purchase order creation and maintenance; possesses bottom line accountability for the integrity and accuracy of all data entered into PLM.
  • Attend fit sessions.
  • Work closely with the QC dept to ensure that all products meet all quality and safety standards. 
  • Coordinate with logistics and vendors to resolve shipping issues.

People Management:
  • Manage and develop Associate PM, Assistant PM and Merchandising Assistant as specific to business. Accountable for supporting a learning culture that will empower and leverage a collaborative team environment.
  • Responsible for linking team’s work to support company mission, vision, values, goals, and strategies.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent business experience. 
  • Minimum of 7-10 yrs experience in product development or its equivalent. 
  • Knowledge of the product manufacturing techniques, fabrication, and costing components that impact product line development. 
  • Line building, merchandising, and buying experience. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and negotiation skills. 
  • Ability to be detail oriented, flexible, self motivated, and be able to lead others. 
  •  Available and able to travel domestically and internationally. 
  • Able to see and distinguish colors.
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