Product Developer Accessories

Job description

KARL LAGERFELD COMPANY PROFILE

At Karl Lagerfeld, we are driven by Karl’s mantra: “Embrace the present and invent the future”


The House of KARL LAGERFELD shares the creative vision and design aesthetic of its iconic founder, Karl Lagerfeld. Always contemporary and forward-looking.

We are the only fashion house that carries Karl’s name at its doorbell and we’re thriving to live up to this responsibility in everything we do, every day with lots of joy and passion.


Our headquarters in Paris in Amsterdam are home to a very diverse and driven Karl family from more than 25 countries creating meaningful stories and product concepts that connect to Karl’s world and iconic attributes.

Women’s ready to wear, bags, small leather goods and underwear are managed directly from our Amsterdam HQ other categories including men’s wear, footwear, fragrances, eyewear and more are developed together with best in class license partners.


We connect with our consumers at multiple levels – online and offline hand in hand. We thrive to maximize consumer engagement via more than 200 KL stores worldwide, our premium wholesale partners and our strong digital footprint, spearheaded by our KARL.COM flagship store which reaches 96 countries. With digital channels representing already more than 30% of our overall full price business.


We are a dynamic, fast growing and inclusive company built on professionalism and strong values.

Across all areas of our business, at KARL LAGERFELD we commit working toward highest standards of sustainability and integrity. In 2019, KARL LAGERFELD joined as a founding member the Fashion Pact, a global sustainability initiative seeking to transform the fashion industry through objectives in three areas: climate, biodiversity and ocean protection.



THE ROLE

The Product Developer is responsible for working closely together with the Design and Merchandising departments to develop products that deliver according the quality, aesthetic, and gross margin targets of the division within the given time frame. You will take a lead in the sourcing of new materials and are visiting material fairs, tanneries, vendors to always be informed of the latest trends and innovations of your product category. You build strong relationships with your vendors / suppliers and together with them you secure the best product in time. You will be an equal partner to design to realize their designs, support them on technical feedback and offer them newness in techniques. When a review meeting is organized, you secure the availability of samples and costs. You report directly into the Product Development and Production Manager Accessories.

Requirements

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Sourcing
  • Development of our main collection and quick Injection capsules;
  • Manage all supplier communication and ensure accuracy of internal files;
  • Preparing and taking part in proto meetings;
  • Judging proto samples on technical details, measurements and workmanship;
  • Communicating comments to vendors and anticipating feasibility of changes within time-line;
  • Production progress tracking, monitoring deadlines and status;
  • Continuously improving the products by finding innovative production techniques as well as new yarns and leather qualities.
  • Product and production know-how to realize best FOB prices;
  • Working closely with design, production and vendors.


THE PROFILE

  • 3-4 years of experience working in sourcing/development/production of accessories;
  • Able to work in a hectic environment, with deadlines
  • Solid knowledge of leathers, fabrics and fabrication
  • Understanding of costing
  • Experience in working with European and Far East suppliers
  • Distinctive product taste level;
  • Has an eye for detail and consistency;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Able to work independently, as well as in a team
  • Flexibility, adaptability and a positive "can-do" attitude are a must;
  • Language: fluent in English, both verbal and written;

Please note that if your application is successful we will contact you within three weeks.