PB CAREERS: Manager Product Development – Sports Authority

Date Posted: 7/21/2011
Job Code: 9782479
City: Denver
State: CO
Category: Product Development

Support the Product development process from design through to the actual sourcing of the product from a global supplier base for a defined business or group of businesses.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Supports the design phase of the product development process including working with external vendors and 3rd party design firms and the buyers to execute a cohesive line plan that achieves specific margin and brand goals.
  • Understanding trends, hot products/categories, target market needs/issues and competition from national vendors and other private labels, and then communicating and reacting as appropriate.
  • Primary interface with 3rd Party Design team.
  • Plays a vital role in managing relationships with outside constituencies for the business area including agents, vendors and label and packaging suppliers, QA providers and our logistics team.
  • Establish grade rule on all Private Label garments.
  • Interface with Merchandising on specific style design and intent for Departmental needs.
  • Searches the marketplace for innovative new product ideas and trends aligned with corporate growth strategy.
  • Source and Identify new Trim and Accessories.
  • Executes sourcing strategy and production methods to ensure margin objectives and quality expectations are met.
  • Day to day management of Product Development Milestone calendars.
  • Works with Group Manager of Product development and the merchants to build merchandising strategy for private brands that will deliver the planned sales, margin and private label penetration goals.
  • Understands and communicates the impacts of Import/Vendor Relations and Supply Chain practices and policies and effectively communicates across Logistics and with impacted business partners.
  • Responsible for other duties as assigned as needed.

Minimum Requirements
Professional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated leadership in identifying and developing innovated products in a selected business.
  • 3 years of product development and/or buying/sourcing experience.
  • Proven ability to effectively work with cross-functional teams and build processes to deliver results.
  • Knowledge of product design, production planning and costing working with domestic and offshore vendors and manufacturers in the respective industry.
  • Analytical, strategic planning and financial acumen required.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written to both internal and external audiences.
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator


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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.