Product Developer - Gifts & Home

London (Greater)
Up to £40,000 depending on experience
17 Jul 2017
17 Aug 2017
Business Sector
Non Food & Drink
Full Time
Contract Type

Product Developer - Gifts and Home! Up to £40,000 depending on experience, London

We are working with a fabulous creative gift and home product design company that supplies their products to retailers worldwide. They are looking for a talented and passionate Product Developer to join their hugely successful team!

You will work within the Product Team who is dedicated to developing gorgeous design-led products for many well-known retail customers in the UK and worldwide including John Lewis, Tesco, Selfridges, Harrods and Urban Outfitters – as well as thousands of smaller independent boutiques and online retailers.

Your role as Product Developer will include:

  • Taking ownership of new product ranges and product refreshes.
  • Analysing the market and new product development opportunities.
  • Accurately briefing in-house teams (Product/Graphic Design, Photography, Licensors).
  • Taking feedback from these teams and amending projects where necessary.
  • Ensuring factories and suppliers and briefed accurately and effectively.
  • Ensuring target margins are met and maintained by negotiating cost prices with suppliers as well as lead times, MOQ’s, and any additional charges when required.
  • Taking responsibility for multiple critical paths, from initial concepts, right though to production.
  • Coordinating multiple product development projects.
  • Always be looking for opportunities of cost saving by possible amendments to a product specification whilst maintaining a high level of quality.
  • Helping to ensure all quality and technical product standards are met.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with your existing supply base.
  • Helping to source new suppliers, both UK and FE.
  • Proof reading of products and packaging.
  • Creating detailed product specifications.
  • Working with the wider cross functional team; operations regarding stock control, design, copywriting, sales, accounts department and customer services.

The successful Product Developer applicant must have / be: 

  • At least 3 years' of hands on product development experience.
  • Buying experience will be considered if you have developed direct with factories (not through agents).
  • Excellent communication skills - in both briefing and feedback scenarios.
  • Be experienced with critical paths and development time lines (including chasing up deliverables).
  • Have experience working with creatives.
  • Must have visited Far East based factories.
  • Adaptable - willing to accept responsibilities outside their normal remit.
  • Be able to take direction from senior management.
  • Be pro-active and driven by constructive criticism from project team members.
  • Have knowledge of the gift/home industry.
  • Have awareness of compliance and product safety.
  • Have a very strong commercial sense and be able to express this creatively and commercially.

Please get in touch to hear more about this fabulous Product Developer role.

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