Product Development Director

Stio® is looking for a full time Product Development Director to join our team in Jackson Hole, WY.


Your Role 

As Product Development Director (PDD) at Stio you manage and oversee all aspects of product development for all categories of Stio manufactured and private label product in alignment with our premium brand through a team of developers considerate of function, end use, competitive landscape, and trend. Key areas of responsibility include training, coaching and managing a team of product creators to deliver fit consistency and quality construction, establishing and upholding brand standards, and cost management, according to the seasonal timeline, production standards, materials, positioning and company margin objectives. Key areas of cross departmental alignment include Design, Sourcing, & Production and cross functional alignment include Marketing and Operations. While championing a product culture, the PDD leads the brand through product creation cycles to deliver product on timeline while executing to financial objectives and manages the product team to execute development initiatives. The PDD holds final accountability for all products through a team of product and materials managers. 


Your Skills
The PDD is a high quality leader with experience developing talent with clear expectations, feedback and coaching. The PDD can nurture strong attention to detail and clear, concise communication in others, and is able to train and communicate construction, patterning and development techniques to internal and external partners in order to consistently delivery to standards using multiple resources. The PDD is a critical thinker with awareness of cascading product creation issues and experience solving problems through team and process. The PDD has exposure to and experience in the complete product creation cycle from materials and trims to constructions and patterning as well as product assembly in a wide range of product types including technical outerwear and casual apparel, soft and hard goods accessories. The PDD has a high level of understanding of raw materials, sewing techniques, product creation processes and the ability to scale with integrity in each of these processes. 

The PDD can lead critical evaluation of prototypes against the intended design, specifications and line plan  to achieve the final approved bulk product. With a sharp application of timelines and the ability to identify and employ efficiency tactics, the PDD can produce a range of products in accordance with the commercialization timeline and margin expectations of the season. Through a strong understanding of patterning & fabric drape as well as garment construction and factory skill, the PDD leads the team to apply tech designs and fabric selections to create silhouettes that match the needs of the brand and the industry demands. The PDD can translate and apply many types of feedback to products and can leverage a combination of functional and innovative software programs to deliver to expectations. The PDD has the ability to manage self and others to maintain schedules and standards and takes the initiative in the functional role to drive the brand forward.

Your Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate and set expectations for effective, clear and timely communication throughout product development team
  • Train, coach and offer developmental feedback to elevate employees skills in all areas of fit and construction, process and communication
  • Manage direct reports goal setting (OKR) and workload to ensure progress in alignment with personal and organization goals 
  • Initiate seasonal timeline through collaboration with Senior Product Line Manager to create seasonal Line Plan strategically designed to achieve company objectives
  • Collaborate with Senior Designer to offer new products and updates to key stories to drive the assortment according to future growth initiatives
  • Align with Materials Manager to secure new and existing fabric to support timeline and new style development
  • Gather physical and visual evidence including photos, reports and samples to support creative design and technical execution for the products
  • Lead launch of product range to factory partners through a team of product developers in concert with design, materials and planning
  • Plan and track the development schedule of all product to ensure timely completion of development according to the product calendar & corporate timeline
  • Manage the product development process for inline, accessory and private label products considerate of materials, construction that meet design expectations and achieve gross margin targets
  • Execute fit intent (silhouette) considerate of fit statement, design, end use, trend and intent of the product through clear analysis, documentation, communication and adherence to fit and brand identity standards
  • Create, implement and maintain resources to deliver consistent fit across categories and end uses
  • Own and manage styles in a development role as needed
  • Inform and support the management of the materials and trims assortment to meet function garment needs
  • Actively manage factory relationships including forecasting, costing, timelines and work flow
  • Create, maintain and publish all digital and physical records associated with styles including but not limited to measurements, Bill of Materials, technical sketches, comments and revisions, competitive shops and associated samples 
  • Partner with factories to develop new construction techniques, processes and samples needed to create innovative and technically sound products 
  • Hire, train and coach direct reports to achieve business, product and personal goals
  • Manage development team to address broad scale and scope of seasonal development needs and evaluate strengths to meet the technical demands of the product  
  • Troubleshoot construction challenges through partnership with technical design and production teams, detail sketches and thorough review of all products
  • Facilitate, through development team, hand off of production ready skus to production team by delivering completed specification for each product and all product records with complete and accurate Name, Number, Location, Tech Pack, Color BOM and Measurement details with consideration to special attention for quality
  • Educate cross-functional teams on features and benefits of the seasonal product range during key milestone meetings throughout the development process to support product marketing
  • Utilize Centric PLM system for all product creation processes including BOMs, measurement details, graded specifications, constructions and revisions
  • Create a product creation environment of collaboration, trust and transparency
  • Adhere to annual Product Development budget and contribution to topline revenue, margin and EBITDA goals 
  • Lead onboarding of new software platforms designed to enhance product creation
  • Serve as development team facilitator of brand sustainability and transparency objectives through durable product construction and factory relationships
  • Manage auxiliary product ranges such as bags and other agent developed categories 
  • International and Domestic travel as needed up to 35% of the year 


Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 5+ years product development with a successful record of bringing product to market

  • Managed a complete product lifecycle to on time delivery 

  • Trained and coached 2+ direct reports to success

  • Formed positive partnerships with cross functional teams 

  • Successfully managed competing priorities 

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