Product Developer

Brook Street UK
£18000 - £24000/annum
17 Jul 2017
16 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

My client are a market leading company in the Hair & Beauty industry. There iconic brands and companies are famous throughout the US, Europe, Africa and Asia as one of the leading groups in the hair industry delivering products that are known and loved across the globe.

Due to continue growth they are currently seeking a bright and fashion-led individual to join a dynamic purchasing team in the role of product development assistant at the London office where the main focus of your role will be to carry out detailed product and market analysis and present summarised recommendations to the purchasing manager and/or MD for consideration.

About You

The successful candidate will be a junior professional who can bring to the table the right mix of creative energy and technical approach balanced with some experience of working in a similar role in a similar industry. This is a very product development focused position within the department so you will need to be innovative, comfortable multi-tasking, have excellent attention to detail and possess entry level knowledge and understanding of marketing concepts.

Major Responsibilities

1 A) Innovative/Technical

* Reviewing, testing and developing new products: Analysing and critiquing vendor samples from a technical POV. Writing reports on product spec, performance etc and furthering those reports with analysis of market competition and expected pros/cons for the consumer.

* Conducting research to broaden the understanding of the marketplace and the product for our internal stakeholders - providing training to staff to develop their product knowledge.

* Monitoring fashion trends in the industry and keeping the department up to date with relevant changes.

* Understanding market research data from both internal and external sources to provide ideas and inspiration for new product ranges or product refreshes.

* Assisting the Media & Communications department with photoshoot preparation, delivery & follow-up

1 B) Administrative

* Effective management of all received samples i.e. logging samples and transferring to relevant archive spot.

* Daily communication with vendors regarding samples, product development, packaging and QC.

* Liaising with Media & Communication department to check and approve new draft documents, adverts, marketing materials etc.

* Providing support to other departments by disseminating detailed information about our products in clear and coherent training documents.

* Carrying out regular and routine quality inspections and testing products for quality to ensure adherence to confirmed specifications.


* A Bachelor's degree in Fashion or a related field is preferred.
* Minimum 1 years' experience working in a buying or R&D department for a fashion company or comparable industry.
* A robust understanding of procurement procedures, practices, methodologies and terminology.
* A well attuned appreciation of the product development cycle.
* A keen interest in the hair and beauty industry, fashion trends and an eye for detail.
* Impeccable organisational & problem solving skills.
* Some experience of project management preferred but not essential