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Head Of Product Development

The House of Bruar is one of Scotland’s most prestigious and progressive multi channel retailers.  Based in Highland Perthshire, the retail store covers 200,000ft2 and has Ladieswear, Menswear, Cashmere Hall, Food Hall and Deli, Restaurant, Country Living Halls, Fishing Department and Scottish Art Gallery. In order to surpass two million visitors and over three million catalogues per year, we are looking for a Head of Product Development to join the team.

With the rapid growth of direct shopping of textiles, the control of own brand garments needs to be consistent and detailed.  Whilst technical knowledge and practical experience are required, the successful candidate must have a passion for clothing and a creative flare. There is a predominance of ladies tailoring and knitwear with specific knowledge in one of these fields being essential.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Following complete development of product from initial concepts to final sample
  • Maintaining relationships with existing suppliers and sourcing new suppliers for future products
  • Manage the QC of all bulk deliveries, analysing the found information, relating to manufacturer to resolve any issues in a speedy time frame
  • Review and improve existing products to meet customers’ needs more effectively including reviewing returns rates from Mail Order Department to pin point fit or quality issues
  • Source new fully factored and CMT manufacturers in UK, Europe and Worldwide
  • Analyse cost and impact on final retail price ensuring targets are met including margins and lead times
  • Market and product research
  • Visit manufacturers in the UK and overseas
  • Supplier negotiations.
  • Manage Product Development Assistant, developing their knowledge and skills, promoting effective team work. Motivating and inspiring them to deliver departmental and individual goals

Key Skills:

  • Strong working technical knowledge of garment construction and manufacturing across multiple product areas
  • Understanding of fabric properties & test reports
  • Ability to multitask
  • Experience of working with offshore factories in the EU and Asia.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • Computer literacy (Excel/Word/Outlook)

Rewards:

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Career progression and learning and development opportunities
  • Work life balance
  • Being a part of a company whose values will give you a standard to aspire to and underpin who we are as a company and a community.
  • Temporary accommodation

COME AND DO GREAT THINGS WITH US

Please apply by email to recruitment@houseofbruar.com or in writing to The House of Bruar, By Blair Atholl, Perthshire, PH18 5TW, enclosing a copy of your CV and covering letter.

Head Of Product Development

Highland Perthshire
Permanent
Head of Department
Competitive salary

Published on 30 Jul 2022

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