Ben Soleimani is a digitally-native luxury home brand which
launched in early 2019. Ben Soleimani, the founder and creative
director, comes from a long history of rug purveyors and has made a
name for himself in the design community over the past 20 years.
With the launch of Bensoleimani.com, Ben is expanding his design
point of view to the entire home.
What you’ll do:
Manage product development process for all home departments from
initial concepts through final sample approval.
Research both assigned product development categories and
general market. Internet, publications, trade shows, manufacturers’
catalogs, shop visits, etc. Formulate and propose competitive
Work with merchandising team to develop seasonal design
Pull inspiration images, and sketch new design proposals.
Create and send out spec packs for new developments.
Initiate samples, track, and receive packages for timely review
of incoming product.
Create and maintain PD tracker, internal database, and project
binders for each season.
Manage in-season conference calls with foreign agents/vendors
for status updates as needed.
Ensure vendor standards are communicated and met in developing
Ensure each project’s adherence to Master Calendar
Schedule and conduct weekly meeting with Merchants and
Sourcing/QA partners in assigned product development areas to
communicate progress on projects, and review samples. Prepare
recaps and written reports when meeting is not possible.
Drive for speedy product approval.
Maintain clear and complete development archives.
Manage, organize and maintain color and finish approval swatch
Work with PD Director, Merchants, and Web/Catalog Retouching
team to create and audit swatch libraries used for color
review/approvals. Review photography with retouchers for
Concept, develop and execute merchandise concepts in accordance
with merchandising vision and brand strategy
Research PD categories and general market. Internet,
publications, trade shows, manufacturers’ catalogs, shop visits,
Manage product development process in assigned categories from
concept through final sample approval
Create and maintain PD Status Spreadsheet and Project Binder for
Ensure each projects adherence to Master Calendar deadlines
Work with merchant, sourcing, and agent to identify manufacturer
for each project. Multiple-source as appropriate.
Maintain clear and complete development archives
Schedule and conduct weekly meeting with merchants in assigned
PD areas to communicate progress on projects
Plan, track, and reconcile budget categories as assigned by
Director. Maintain accurate records of expenditures and submit in a
Enforce in-house copyright protection and report legal
Who you are:
Great taste, knowledge of furniture styles, knowledge of the
home furnishings marketplace and landscape
Experience specifically in furniture and lighting desired
High end/luxury experience highly desired
Articulate and persuasive communication skills, both written and
An ability to hit the ground running – a confident,
Manage and prioritize projects, and to delegate tasks
Innovative problem-solving skills – dissect and determine root
causes of problems, and implement solutions
A track record of taking on big challenges and delivering
despite obstacles and limited resources
Strong business and communication skills
Ability to organize product ideas and develop into
Strong presentation skills both visually and verbally