Who We Are
Image Solutions is a custom uniform supplier in a $23 billion industry. We design, source, manufacture and distribute uniforms for a wide variety of regional and national organizations across a broad scope of industries. We have 2 distribution centers, located in Los Angeles, CA and Cincinnati, OH. Our mission is to make our customers, team members, and partners look and feel great at work. What sets us apart is our personalized customer service, our culture and passion for giving back to those in need. We give 10% of our annual profits to charity. Read on to find out more!
The ideal candidate possesses expertise in product development, apparel technical design, quality assurance and design. This team member will directly handle and manage all aspects of product development from concept through design, development, launch and rollout. This team member should also have advanced experience in both Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. This position is primarily responsible for ensuring quality fit, actualization of design elements, and meeting and maintaining company quality standards in the product development stages. This individual will have proven success in the apparel technical design environment or in related design or product development field. This individual will partner closely with Concept Design, Account Management, Production, Sourcing, and other related divisions.
Degree in textile design preferred
Minimum 10 years experience in Product Development and Technical Design
2+ years' experience in management
Expertise knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
Proven track record of working cross-functionally with business development and sourcing
Thorough knowledge of silhouettes, fabrication, sewing techniques, trim and technical knowledge of fabric construction
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a high level of quality, organization, strong attention to detail and accuracy
Ability to analyze workload, prioritize and plan accordingly
Exceptional follow-up skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Evaluate lap dip samples, trim samples, and bulk fabric for approval from factories.
Develop product for Knits and Wovens for Uniform programs
Create Tech Packs in WFX
Manage product development for our customers and prospects. This includes taking the customer's final design and developing the physical product directly with the manufacturer, ensuring all components of product adhere to and meet customer requirements.
Manage and execute on required timelines with factories to meet product design deadlines, while ensuring costing parameters meet margin requirements.
Review inventory of prototypes and pre-production samples to ensure accuracy, color, and quality with originally approved samples.
Maintain WIP report that is published weekly
Work with Production and the Director of Supply Chain on product costing, sample development costs, and any other factory specific development expenses as required.
Works closely and foster strong relationships with Account Managers, Design and Sourcing to capture accurate design information for the technical development of the product.
Ensures fit charts are clearly communicated to factories by deadlines.
Facilitate sample requests
Develop a grading scale that encompasses design requirements, specifications, and quality standards for Image Solutions.
Conduct fit sessions to review consistency while documenting fit and quality standards from development to pre-production approval.
Work with factories to troubleshoot and correct fit and detail needs
Complete and manage all overseas tech packs within database, while ensuring measurements, specifications and construction details are accurate at the product development level and aligns with what the customer has approved.
Create and maintain Bill of Materials
Managerial skills to manage and train people
Maintain sample and garment library.
Special projects as needed.
What's In It For You?
Competitive base pay and annual bonus
A supporting, thriving team focused work culture and environment. One where your co-workers really want you to succeed.
Health, dental and vision insurance
Matching 401(k) program
An opportunity to make an impact to the success of the company
Milestone Rewards for 5 and 10 year anniversaries with the company
Being a part of an organization that gives back to the community
Success Factors for a Product Development Manager
Success Factor 1: Work with sales to achieve organic and new business goals.
Support Sales and Services Team on prospective customer design and product development
Ensure final product meets customer needs in quality, color, fit, price and functionality.
Success Factor 2: Develop and implement processes that reduce costs in quality errors by x percent.
Understand, improve and implement processes within product development to mitigate quality errors upon warehouse receipt.
Create and maintain a method of measuring quality issues to capture costs and waste.
Success Factor 3: Improve our overall sample process and strategy to win new business
Deliver quality product to existing and prospect clients to be awarded new programs each year
Develop long term strategies that improve the overall process for Product Development