Vice President – Production, Sourcing and Tech Design - Aerie Brand
at American Eagle Outfitters
Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.
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Location: New York, New York
Successfully develop and implement global sourcing and production strategies and lead product development & technical design while maintaining design's aesthetic and achieving margin goals for Aerie.
Sourcing & Production Successfully develop and lead the global sourcing strategy for Aerie.
Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with business partners, key vendors and suppliers to assess capabilities, capacity, growth, & long range planning.
Provide leadership and expertise to company strategies such as Global Expansion, Direct to Consumer, and Differentiated Supply Chain
Identify top talent and continue to provide new opportunities to inspire and grow high performers.
Develop a succession plan that supports the business while utilizing the individual strengths of the team members
Develop annual, seasonal and product-specific calendars to manage product from inception through store receipt.
Establish relationships with existing and potential agents, suppliers and vendors for optimal cooperation and partnership.
Analyze alternate countries and factories on a continual basis and provide direction based on current market trends and conditions.
Develop strategic and seasonal plans for the anticipated growth and demands for new production capacity.
Communicate with Merchants and Designers consistently on all potential problems related to potential fabric, construction and quality issues.
Establish and communicate opportunities and needs to expand the global vendor, mill and supply base.
Counter-source as necessary to achieve design aesthetic while maintaining competition.
Empower and support team to own all production issues in assigned category, i.e., pricing, placement, fit design appropriateness, delivery.
Lead team to anticipate, monitor and resolve all production issues to ensure quality merchandise and timely deliveries.
Travel, as necessary, to strengthen relationships, advance strategies, monitor key programs in production and to evaluate factories for capabilities and execution.
Work closely with Merchandising & Planning Teams to project needs, plan production schedules and build in necessary flexibility.
Negotiate price on new orders and compensation for any performance short falls.
Manage production timetables for optimal delivery and create contingency triggers.
Oversee and communicate development and fit specifications from initial concept through TOP Samples, through written reports, phone communication, and sketches/pattern corrections.
Optimize fit scheduling and standards
Organize team as necessary
Represent the company interest in all areas of universal and consistent fit and proper construction
Budget and control all T/E expenses
Approve pricing on all production orders.
Approve production start times and quantities.
Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Merchandising, Business or equivalent. Advanced degree strongly preferred.
15+ years minimum related experience; 10+ years in a leadership role
Demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy (coolness and composure under strain, confidence without arrogance).
Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated collaborative skills and ability to work well within a team
Ability to work with and influence peers and senior leadership
Ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment
Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting