Technical Product Developer - Ivy Park

Arcadia Group Limited
United Kingdom
30 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

A Bit About

In October 2014 Beyoncé and Sir Philip Green announced a new partnership – an athleisure brand names IVY PARK launching in Spring 2016. The joint venture is equally owned by Topshop and Parkwood Athletic with Sir Philip and Beyoncé both assuming roles of Founders. The partnership, not collaboration, is designed and managed by a newly created standalone team based in London. Ivy Park will look to establish itself as a global market leader in Athleisure, clothes which are appropriate for both athletic and leisure activity in the fastest growing sector in the womenswear market today.

The brand is already distributed into over 50 different countries across North America, Europe, Middle East and Australia. The scope of the brand within the market enables it to access consumers across a number of different channels from Premium Independents, Department Stores, Sporting Goods, Apparel Specialty and Pure Play. The ambition of the Brand is to become a market leader in its sector, engaging a core consumer set between 18-35 years to make women look and feel at the top of their game – whatever they’re doing and wherever they are.

The Role

As a Technical Product Developer at Ivy Park you will provide crucial support to the Senior Technical Product Developer team to ensure the development and delivery of innovative product ranges, drive profit and influence the Brand's product strategy. You will support the Technical Product Development Team as they work closely with the In-house Design, Product, Operations, Marketing and Sales teams to ensure we create and deliver the most desirable range that will excite our customers, while developing the skills and insight required to become a future Technical Product Developer at Ivy Park

What You Will Be Doing Day To Day

  • Assists Senior TPD with management of departments CP from proto approval to ship
  • Assists Senior TPD with negotiating cost price with vendors
  • Responsible for Management and execution of seals and ship approval
  • Responsible for set up tech pack and bill of materials to vendors
  • Accountable for approval of sealed product prior to production
  • Vendor managements : Assists with vendor capacity planning and booking of greige
  • Responsible for vendor visits and inspections
  • Assist with implementation and management of compliance and Quality assurance business requirements
  • Manage procedure and activities for material testing
  • Action potential risk for quality and compliance
  • Responsible for labelling approval
  • Management of weekly fit sessions process in accordance with the company critical path
  • Accountable for managing junior and administrative team
  • Collate all product knowledge for sales packs
  • Responsible for product descriptions
  • Responsible for monitoring of fit model sizing
  • Responsible for product risk assessment and wearer trials
  • Frequent Comp shop, partner store visits and attendance of applicable trade shows

Must Haves

  • Thorough knowledge of developing product for fit, quality and performance
  • Experience to successfully identity and implement strategy
  • Good knowledge of product construction, pattern cutting techniques and the fitting process
  • knowledge of fabric/ product testing standards and care labelling
  • knowledge and understanding of ethical sourcing
  • Good knowledge product construction systems
  • A strong eye for emerging trends with passion for product, brand and fashion
  • Passionate and driven to succeed in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Ability sources new ideas and inspiration (be it from catwalk trends, street style, popular culture, media, etc.)
  • A clear and confident communicator who is able to interact with all levels in the business and suppliers
  • Good planning and organisational skills, able to change plan in line with business needs
  • Ability to think strategically, work flexibly and drive change
  • Proactive and capable of prioritising tasks and time management
  • Must be motivated by the job with a sense of energy, enthusiasm, drive and a ‘can do attitude
  • A good understanding of whole sale / fashion retail process.
  • Ability to build strong relationships
  • Preferably has a technical fashion -related qualification or similar experience

We regret, due to volume, only suitable applicants will be contacted.

You’ll find every Arcadia brand shares the same values. We all start with letting people be themselves. We are informal while professional, and we are all about mixing fun with commercial nous. Throughout your career with us we will help you develop, and give you the chance to influence our future. It's not only our products but our people who drive our success. Our people are at the heart of everything we do.

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