Company Name: Sears Import - OLD
Job Details
Duration: Permanent
Min Education: Not Specified
Salary: Commensurate
Job Type: Full Time
Min Experience: Not Specified
Required Travel:
Location:
  • USA - Madison Wisconsin, 53703
Job Description
Lands’ End is a premier source of apparel and gear for women, men, kids and the home – sold by catalog, online, and nearly 300 Lands’ End Shops at Sears. Since 1963, we’ve earned a reputation for quality, value and exceptional customer service embodied by one simple promise: everything we sell is Guaranteed. Period.® Lands’ End is a proud member of the Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) family of companies.

The Product Development Manager maintains brand integrity and implements business strategies to maximize margin, quality and brand goals. This person also manages the product development process, from idea evaluation through introduction to market, ensuring design intention and merchant pricing/assortment strategies are achieved. Partners with Design, Merchandising, Technical Design and Vendors in initial prototype/ sample development.
Qualifications:
PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBLITIES:
•Drives product development and serves as the main interface with Design teams
•Proactively identifies product engineering opportunities and effectively partners to ensure execution
•Creates, modifies and implements vendor strategies to support ongoing development needs
•Develops processes and systems related to product development
•Develops relative costing strategies and its related application
•Performs advanced needs assessment and designs/delivers precise prototypes, in partnership with vendor base, with the appropriate taste and aesthetic levels
•Builds strong cross-functional partnerships with Design, Pre-Production, Production, Mills/vendors and overseas teams and intuitively knows when to effectively leverage

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
•Bachelors degree in merchandising or equivalent business experience.
•7-10 yrs experience in product development or its equivalent
•Very strong knowledge of the product development process
•Applied understanding of the international vendor community
•Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships and partnerships
•Excellent communication (verbal/written) skills
•Strong levels of Detail Orientation
•Strong levels of problem solving skills/ability
•Strong Business Acumen
•Persistent & Driven
•Flexible/Adaptable
•Strong levels of listening skills/ability
•Solutions Oriented/Critical Thinker
•Strong levels of Negotiation skills
•Strong levels of Decision Making skills/ability
•High levels of Social Perceptiveness