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*Liaise with suppliers, cross-costing where necessary to get the best prices for the brand's products and to achieve or better margin requirements.
*Using knowledge across global supply base, make recommendations for new factories as appropriate.
*Build effective working relationships with the Company's suppliers.
*Review/monitor performance against critical path, working with creative department to ensure adherence to timescales on product creation and development.
*Continually review seasonal performance of the company's suppliers in terms of quality of garments, pricing, critical path adherence. Take steps to improve/rectify where necessary.
*New specs are compiled from design briefs, to be dispatched with initial design sheets.
*Samples are measured and checked for quality etc.
*Ensure all production sheets are complete with design, development and technical information.
*Chase any outstanding approvals and submissions and advise the merchandiser of any possible problems that could affect lead times.
*Lead by example with a positive, can-do attitude to problem-solving.
Production Manager - The Candidate:
*Solid production experience of denim/casual wear.
*Good understanding of garment costing / pricing and negotiation.
*Solid experience working across product development, garment technology.
*Experience of setting and working towards critical paths.
*Strong factory knowledge and experience of managing effective relationships with suppliers in Europe and Asia.
*Ability to effectively build and manage key internal relationships, particularly with merchandising and design.
*Experience of managing others, ensuring efforts are aligned to objectives and priorities.
*Have excellent organisation and communication skills.
*Able to undertake international travel if required.
*Credible and authoritative, yet approachable and open to new ideas.
We regret that due to volume, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted, therefore if you do not hear from one of our consultants within 3 working days, please assume that you've not been successful on this occasion.
Fashion and Retail Personnel is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.