Product Developer (12 month Maternity Cover)
Job Title: Product Developer (12 month Maternity Cover)
Location: Woburn Walk, Bloomsbury, London WC1H
Reports to: Creative Director
Working alongside: Pattern Cutter, Atelier Manager, Design Manager, Production Manager
Working Hours: Full Time, Monday – Friday, 9:30am to 6pm, 45 minute lunch
Contract: 12 month maternity contract
We are looking for a passionate Product Developer with an excellent technical ability to work closely with the Design team on all Halfpenny London collections.
You will be responsible for checking patterns from SMS samples to PPS and creating detailed technical packs and grading rules.
To ensure Halfpenny London standards are met through processes, quality of product, and professional conduct.
We work in a fast-paced environment, so willingness to take part in all aspects of the team and a passion for your work are key. There is a great opportunity to input into the creative journey here at Halfpenny London, sharing your knowledge and experience as part of our team, so this is a great opportunity for the right candidate.
Key duties & responsibilities:
Determine required resources with the Atelier Manager and plan the course of action in line with the critical path for each collection.
Maintain consistency of quality and fit across all collections with the Pattern Cutter
Take ownership of the product and all issues related to it through evaluating the quality and costs and through recommending and discussing product changes.
Work with Design and Atelier to facilitate a well-organised process for new collection development through data management using our production software, project management software and internal sheets.
Work with the Pattern Cutter to ensure all patterns have the desired finishing and specification requested.
Work with the Atelier Manager to ensure the right finish and make comments are reflected in technical packs via the seamstresses.
Responsible for grading notes and passing over key information relevant to each style. Seasonal development of curve fit and grading.
Work to the critical path in place, receiving sketches from Design, developing the product and working with the Atelier team to execute the toiles and samples.
Ensure all pattern measurements are taken accurately and updated in the spec sheet.
Signing off final pre production fit with Creative Director. Sealing patterns and specs for bulk production. Updating tech packs from production fitting, ensuring that all data is up to date and correct.
Communicate fit, quality and construction requirements to manufacturers through fitting comments with support of the Atelier Manager.
Work alongside the Design team and Production team to give technical guidance where needed.
Work with the Production Manager to set the standards of QC processing.
Mange the Product Development Assistant.
Identify and support potential cost price issues.
Assist with custom changes queries, from wholesalers and brides.
Revising patterns as needed to ensure quality and accuracy.
Demonstrating a strong understanding of the product creation process and it’s integration into operations and manufacturing.
Leading fit sessions alongside the Atelier Manager, Pattern Cutter and Design team from initial design stage through to pre-production fitting.
Follow up with pattern amendment notes to the Pattern Cutter.
To measure in samples ahead of fittings and to review samples on the stand, giving any initial comments relevant for the fit session as well as checking that previous fit commends have been followed.
When applicable, attend bespoke fittings as the lead fitter with the Creative Director or Design Manager.
You are intelligent, optimistic, aesthetic-driven, and solution oriented person who thrives from working with a luxury product.
Must have proven experience in a similar role. Bridal, Couture or luxury brand experience preferred
Understanding of fabrics, technical components and sewing techniques at production and couture level
Possesses a good eye for detail, shape and proportion.
Experience working in a fast-paced environment, ensuring critical path is honoured
Highly passionate about product innovation and product quality
Skills on Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Excel
You will lead with initiative and a self drive
You will operate in a professional manner, as a proud representative of Halfpenny London, and the culture of the brand. This means bringing a problem solving attitude, a friendly approach, and a courteous manner in all dealings.
Ability to work positively within a team
Strong communication skills able to collaborate with multiple departments
Personal accountability and integrity
Excellent attention to detail and organisational skills to meet all seasonal deadlines.
Eager to learn and adapt to new systems and processes
Note: This list is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the job. The content above is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to the role. This does not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.