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Director - Product Development & Sourcing

London , United Kingdom | Universal Music Group

  • Industry:
    Media / Entertainment
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Product Development
  • Experience:
Job Description:
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The Director Product Development & Sourcing will be an essential part of Bravado team, helping to drive execution of merchandise needs for Retail, E-commerce, Tour and Popup development in UK and EU markets. This position will report directly to the VP of Global Sourcing and Supply Chain in the US and work very closely with the regional department heads in support of all commercial channels.

The position will collaborate with the EU markets to ensure resources are optimized to support local and regional market demands. The merchandise production team provides production and purchasing services for concert tours, E-commerce and outside retailers as well as misc. corporate and label promotions. This is a fast paced, high volume position that requires tenured production & sourcing experience for apparel and accessories.

Candidate must be able to manage production schedules in a fast-paced environment. The ability to establish partner relationships and to source new suppliers is critical for the role. Focus on competitive pricing, quick turn times, quality control and on time deliveries is key. Must be able to partner with commercial teams across the EU to determine timelines, workflow, release strategy and support short and long range goals.

The Director Product Development & Sourcing is responsible for establishing, developing and directing the production strategy for merchandise and accessories and effectively directing the business relationships with finished product suppliers. Must work with and across the EU team to manage the business to improve gross margin, on-time delivery and provide exceptional customer service.

The B Side: Skills & Experience

Be Commercial

Develop/source new and existing fabric, trims, washes/dyes vendors for all upcoming development

Leverage trade tools to stay updated with trends. Foresee new product opportunities. Identify new factories or expand facilities of existing factory base in the growing countries

Attend Concept, Design Review and Selection meetings to understand upcoming styles to work with the appropriate vendors to create the product 


Be Organised

Develop and maintain libraries for Fabric and Wash developments

Establish testing requirements for all raw materials and garments

Initiate time and action calendars, drive activity alongside cross-functional teams to remain on schedule

Management of pre-production/development timelines, reviewing reports and recommending solutions to exceptions

Monitor all development programs- from sample development through commercialization through PSR reports

Initiate weekly development touch base cross-functional meetings for potential order issues as appropriate

Develop and manage process workflow and systems

Manage production schedule

Manage all item set ups and outgoing purchase orders

Track, research and report on all KPI’s

Perform special projects and other job-related duties as assigned

Ensure adherence to schedules via time and action management, close monitoring of key milestone dates

Oversee ordering/ execution and monitor tracking of prototypes and artist approval samples

Manage supplier’s product integrity and order specification compliance including dye lots, wash effect, hand feel and shade bands. Provide risk assessment analysis based on complexity of design

Ensure suppliers update and maintain costing sheets as product design changes occur and offer viable cost options to meet and or exceed target P&L

Liaise with suppliers to provide technical advice and give direction for problem solving. Manage fabric selection process, confirm fabric and trim are available for prototype development via direct communications with suppliers

Develop the sourcing/allocation strategy for each territory and manage fabric reservations to secure deliveries

Manage liability of raw material supplies to ensure it can be utilized in product that can be sold and minimize financial exposure. Work with design team to create future designs to utilize the excess raw materials


Be Collaborative

Direct with tech design and creative to have complete technical package to initiate development

Work collaboratively with the Creative team to develop a final assortment that is executable in production

Source, develop and maintain partner relationships

Communicate status to internal stakeholders

Partner with internal customers (Commercial, Territories, Product Managers, Art Department, Warehouse, Accounting and all affiliated UMG contacts) and remain customer focused at all times.

Promote collaboration, communication, and teamwork within the brand between Merchandising, Product Development, Production, Design and Delivery


Be Financial


Negotiate and cost engineer with vendors across multiple programs to help meet P&L and margin requirements

Manage quoting process, vendor negotiations contracts and margin targets


Personal Specification


Proven track record within apparel and accessories production and/or product development Production/Buying/Sourcing experience

Diverse market segment background (men’s, juniors, and children's wear, accessories)

Strong costing and product engineering skills

Established vendor base & relationships for apparel (cut and sew knits, sleepwear and loungewear) and accessories

Detail oriented with strong follow through skills

Extensive technical knowledge of raw materials, garment constructions, wash and print processes

Microsoft Suite and Adobe proficiencies (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Illustrator)

Ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment

Strong Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving skills

Excellent communicator with the ability to build and maintain relationships

Strong long-term strategic planning capability

Experience ingesting requirements and adapting workflows to accommodate those requirements

Music Merch Production experience a plus

Extensive factory manufacturing process experience including production timeline management, fact-based costing, and pricing

Strong negotiation skills

Proven ability to manage and develop teams


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