Manager Product Development (Bodywear & Swimwear)

Product Den Bosch (Head Office) Fulltime

The job:

Fully accountable for development, commercialization, product integrity, manufacturability, quality, performance to target FOB for bodywear & swimwear categories.

Responsibilities and tasks:

  • Manage the development and commercialization process of assigned products in collaboration with Tier 1 factory personnel and technical teams. Provides specific technical expertise to ensure effective transition of category design into samples and production while ensuring the manufacturability, material selection, material standards, development timeline and cost to target are met;
  • Managing a team of 7 development team members, from junior to senior Product Developers. Contribute considerably to the achievement of team objectives;
  • Supervise development team in continuous upgrades of technical applications and processes and implementation of new technology in development and engineering;
  • Operationally, account for development/commercialization area with predefined scope of responsibilities;
  • Explain product requirement and standards to factory to achieve shared goals;
  • Influence HQ (Design, Product Management, Sourcing, Operations, Quality) and external parties (factory development /commercialization & production) and drive change using stichd values as the centre of focus in managing/ solving conflicts;
  • Make day to day decisions within defined scope (with support on complex issues) and execute defined directives;
  • Critical path creation (Development Manager) with Process Coordinator and PLM (PLM Manager);
  • Lead and train the team in Sustainability related topics (higg, trims/materials, tracking in PLM/reporting).

What is requiered:

  • You have development and engineering knowledge and expertise. And with a creative mindset you can provide input into projects;
  • With minimal input and feedback, you can identify problems and provide solutions to complex development/ commercialization issues;
  • Good written and verbal English communication;
  • 5+ years of experience in production, development or related experience in apparel industry, preferably in sportswear. 3+ years of management experience;
  • Production, product development/commercialization and costing background;
  • Good knowledge of apparel manufacturing process and experience in pattern engineering, grading, fit, materials processing etc.;
  • Ability to read patterns, 2D and 3D blueprints, spec sheets, cost breakdowns, etc.;
  • Good understanding of costing principles and process; ability to decipher cost breakdown related to products;
  • Project management skills including creating product development and production calendar; tracking multiple projects and timelines; organizing project details and schedules; coordinating with internal departments;
  • Very strong communication skills and management experience.

What we have to offer:

stichd will give you the opportunity to work in a successful company and to have a unique insight into global A-brands combined with the expertise to create commercial successful products that drive substantial volume. We are big enough to be a serious worldwide player in the market, but small enough to make the difference as an individual.

If you’re interested in this position and meet the requirements, send in your CV with motivation letter to

Acquisition to this vacancy will not be appreciated.


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