• Product Development Manager

    Job Locations US-GA-Norcross
    Posted Date 3 months ago(10/31/2018 3:41 PM)
    Pos. Type
    Full Time Regular
    Pos. Category
    Due Date
    Location : Street
    1650 Indian Brook Way
    Location : Zip
  • Overview

    Founded in 1995, Alternative is a fashion lifestyle brand best known for comfort, simplicity and our commitment to sustainability. Through innovative apparel design and involvement in purposeful causes, we aim to connect people, inspire creativity and catalyze change.


    When you work at Alternative, you join a community, not a department. Alternative is a company of entrepreneurs who are driven by passion, not job descriptions, where you can contribute to something you're proud to wear--on your body and your résumé.


    The Product Development Manager will lead the process for product development and timely completion of all tasks in accordance with the development calendar.


    • Lead the pre-production process, managing the Product Calendar Timeline from concept to pre-production approval.
    • Runs weekly vendor calls and internal WIP meetings and recap to all parties.
    • Research the market for innovation, new materials and washes, and finish. technologies.
    • Research and coordinate all phases beginning with fabric & trim selection through to sealed tech pack for bulk production.
    • Effectively update BOM’s and communicate any changes, corrections or suggestions to the Technical Design team, Design and/or vendors.
    • Responsible for coordinating timely approvals for all fabric/wash/trim/print/color between the Technical Design Team and vendors following the company production calendar and the customers’ delivery date.
    • Work closely with the Technical Design to ensure all fit approvals are following our requested delivery dates.
    • Responsible for setting up RFQ’s, coordinating and following up costing communications with vendors and Sales Team, while ensuring margin requirements are being met.
    • Perform cost negotiation and cost approvals for all manufactured products.
    • Oversee the calendar management for all seasons and contact with vendors for all product development activities to ensure we are on time as well as raise any potential issues with our buying team.
    • Allocate sample yardage, raw materials and trims needed for samples, testing and fitting.
    • Ensure development tracking reports are updated and made available for weekly meetings to confirm that calendar dates and timelines are being met.
    • Ensure on time delivery and quality of protos, fit garments, sales samples, and prepros.
    • Communicate to vendors via tracking reports on color approvals/rejections, adds/drops in color and print.
    • PLM responsibilities initial style set up, maintain drop styles.
    • Maintain development chart including all item details, vendor selection, costing and other pertinent information that is needed for item set up.
    • Assign and maintain list of fabric, color and style codes to ensure sku creation is done correctly.
    • Work with 3rd party to perform testing on fabrics currently in development to ensure no issues are found and fabric works for specific channel being developed for.
    • Maintain printability chart for Core garments to guide customers in printing our products.
    • Oversee quality issues from a development standpoint and give direction to Quality team as needed.
    • Assist in compliance related tasks to ensure Vendors meet certain standards before manufacturing begins.
    • Ensure vendors can provide certifications for sustainable materials used in manufacturing as applicable.
    • Communicate new fabric needs to planning in advance so proper plans can be in place when new programs start with vendors.
    • Manage Product Development, Tech and Custom team and provide clear direction and deliverables for team.


    • 10+ years proven product development experience in contemporary market and experience working with domestic and international vendors
    • AAS or BFA in Apparel/Textile Design/Development 
    • Strong knowledge of apparel construction, fabrics, washes, trims, costing, fitting, color approval, and overall manufacturing process from inception through production
    • Ability to build collaborative cross functional relationships
    • Proven ability to prioritize and juggle in a fast-paced environment, with deep discipline to calendar and track key product development milestones
    • Strong proficiency in Outlook, Microsoft, Adobe Applications, PLM, etc.
    • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities, with a keen attention to detail
    • Superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
    • Highly self-motivated, independent, and able to quickly adapt to unique situations


    An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

    Only applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly: 

    Telephone:  877-933-5553

    Email: HBI_TA@hanes.com



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