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Head of Product Development

Company: BenSoleimani.com, Inc
Location: Huntington Park
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

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 strategy.

Work with merchandising team to develop seasonal design concepts.

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 product.

Ensure each project’s adherence to Master Calendar deadlines.

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 library.

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 approval.

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, etc.

Product Management

Manage product development process in assigned categories from concept through final sample approval

Create and maintain PD Status Spreadsheet and Project Binder for each season

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 timely manner

Enforce in-house copyright protection and report legal concerns

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 verbal

An ability to hit the ground running – a confident, entrepreneurial self-starter

Manage and prioritize projects, and to delegate tasks appropriately

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 collections

Strong presentation skills both visually and verbally

Keywords: BenSoleimani.com, Inc, Huntington Park , Head of Product Development, Other , Huntington Park, California

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