Product Manager

The Advocate Group
London (Greater)
11 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type: Product Manager
Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 plus excellent benefits package
Location: London
Sector/Industry: FMCG
Job Reference: 23110

Are you interested in a new challenge in a progressive, professional and a well-established Global FMCG company?
Are you able to work to complexity and in a dynamic, commercially robust and collaborative business?

This business is a major player within the Fashion industry, and are looking to appoint a new Product Manager. An exciting, commercial and ambitious business who have demonstrated strong growth in the last 5 years especially and will offer you career progression opportunities, challenge and the ability to work with a long serving and stable team.

The Product Manager will report in to the Head of Merchandising and take ultimate responsibility for the management of all Made to Order business including but not limited to two major customers. They will be responsible in ensuring all MTO targeted margins are achieved and a smooth operation of all MTO business.
Key Responsibilities:
Strategy & Innovation:
  • Understand and manage the critical path ensuring all key dates are met
  • Understand targeted margin and ensure this is met through negation of product cost with relevant factories
  • Support in building product strategy ensuring brand image is maintained and targets are met
  • Work closely with Inventory Manager to ensure alignment of MTO and clearance strategies

Operations & Results:
  • Ensure all relevant sampling is available for key dates
  • Liaise with factories and China office on development samples
  • Liaise with Creative Department on CADs where required
  • Manage product price targets and RRP
  • Manage cross costing when required, with relevant factories
  • Manage processes post purchase order including testing and sampling requirements
  • Build and maintain master MTO range sheets
  • Negotiate lead times and place official POs with factories
  • Work with factories on MOQs ensuring careful management of raw materials
  • Create and maintain product codes in ERP
  • Any other ad hoc duties

Customers & Relationships:
· Support Account Manager in buying meetings
· Primary liaison with overseas vendors for Product Development from product specifications to sample approval
· Consults with the appropriate departments or Managers on all non-routine decisions
· Work with Quality Compliance department regarding any compliance issues

Skills & Qualifications:
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written
  • Ability to influence and negotiate effectively
  • Commercial awareness
  • Knowledge of industrial processes/techniques and standards
  • Communication and customer-facing skills
  • The ability to cope with the pressure of deadlines
  • A willingness to build and maintain positive working relationships and to share information with others
  • Determination to achieve an end result, and optimism and enthusiasm when things don't go to plan

Personal Attributes
  • Self-starter – high energy levels
  • Positive and enthusiastic
  • Resourceful
  • Strong professionally – credible with integrity
  • Good Listener – will challenge constructively and respond well to feedback

Must be able to use MS Office applications – Word, Outlook, and Excel to an excellent standard

To apply directly please send a copy of your CV and cover letter through to or alternatively please apply via the link below.
Whilst we will always endeavour to respond to you, due to the high levels of applications we receive this isn’t always possible. If you are not contacted within 14 working days, you have unfortunately not been shortlisted for this role.
Please note The Advocate Group is acting as an employment agency & business.
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