Category Manager
National Retail Federation
Kowloon, NA, Hong Kong

Posted : December 5, 2018

Position Title :

Category Manager - Technical Design (Woven)

Company Name : Ralph Lauren

Entry Level :

  • Track and manage work flow, ensuring deadlines are met and prioritizes workload for self and team.
  • Evaluates workload vs staffing across categories and allocates product in accordance to seasonal shifts.
  • Conducts seasonal hind sights and communicates findings, learnings and next steps up and out to the different cross functional groups.
  • Owns product workload as individual contributor as well as managerial duties.
  • Partners with Director on special projects for every product area in the category.
  • Owns oversight and governance of tech pack tools (Templates) are being utilized properly on a seasonal basis across specific product areas.
  • Ensure that budget for fit models is met.
  • Effectively communicate with cross functional teams to ensure seasonal calendar milestone deliverables are met.
  • Attend WIP meetings & handoffs for bulk.
  • Owns follow up and solving Escalation issues that passed down from Director.
  • Mentor, coach and help train team members.
  • Create tech packs in PLM for suppliers to properly execute sampling / production to Design intent - This includes specs, patterns, construction sketches and any other necessary tools.
  • Experience in engineering prints, plaids, stripes, embroidery, beading and novelty fabrics.
  • Develop PLM block templates for Tech Pack Creation.
  • Ensure a robust design development handoff takes place with all the appropriate components to build a complete tech pack.
  • Experience in fitting with live models, sewing, and garment construction within specific categories.
  • Execute options, mockups and revisions after Design review (i.e. artwork placement, engineered embellishment placement, patchwork, details, etc.)
  • Partners with Design and PD to offer options to meet design intent and margin targets for new silhouettes
  • Partner with QA to develop best practices (protocols) on product quality execution and style risk mitigation.
  • Own & conduct line reviews, proto and stock fittings according to RL standards
  • Partner with global RL and supplier tech members to ensure execution of complex construction, finishing and fit on specific seasonal styles or programs.
  • Travel to regional sourcing offices / factories and work with technical teams to calibrate, train, educate, and understand factory capabilities.
  • Track workload efficiently to meet individual deadlines and pull reporting from PLM when needed.
  • Partner with QA to conduct risk assessments prior to the bulk production to ensure correct action plans by cross functional partners are taken.
  • E- mail, phone and video conference communication with sourcing offices and suppliers.
  • Degree or Certification in Apparel Manufacturing, Design, Patternmaking or equivalent work experience
  • 10+ years in Technical Design
  • Expertise in patternmaking including draping, grading, sewing, construction and fit for multiple or complex product categories.
  • Proven ability to successfully oversee a complex category while making product quality and seasonal deliverables a priority.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven organizational skills and ability manage competing priorities.
  • Strong sense of urgency, attention to detail & resourcefulness
  • Responsible and accountable
  • Ability to proactively problem solve
  • Knowledge of 3D programs a plus
  • Computer Skills : Proficiency in com puter pattern programs, computer spec writing programs such as Gerber, PLM, Adobe Illustrator, MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS Word
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