VP Product Development BOSS Menswear (m/f/d)

Hugo Boss
Stuttgart, Germany
Posted 1 month ago

HUGO BOSS is one of the leading premium fashion and lifestyle companies with around 13,800 employees worldwide. We work passionately and to high standards from the initial idea through to the finished product. In this role, you will have the opportunity to be yourself and to be creative in an inspiring and international working environment - because, to create something extraordinary, we must explore new paths together. Join our team and shape your own future at HUGO BOSS!

VP Product Development BOSS Menswear (m/f/d)

HUGO BOSS AG | Metzingen near Stuttgart | Germany | Full-time

The VP Product Development is a dynamic leader responsible for driving the product development process from initial design concept through pre-production release. Responsible for the accurate and timely production of samples that support the technical, aesthetic and customer execution requirements. PD team will leverage specialized product expertise to create styles supporting the design vision and business KPIs (including garment and development costs). In Charge of Vendor Allocation and development of vendor portfolio in order to meet the rising requirements. Critical cross functional partner to the Design, S&P, Merchandising, Fabric and Technical teams.

What you can expect:

  • Partner with Design, Production Operations, Raw Materials to align on business priorities and assortment architecture to build resources (internal & external) needed to deliver on assortment needs
  • Drive financial results by providing product solutions for business opportunities that are differentiated from the market and unique to the brand
  • Proactive approach to direct interface with factories and vendors and team(s) from inception to pre-production engineering to ensure that the product being developed meets technical and aesthetic requirements within the targeted cost parameters
  • Continuous knowledge and evaluation of factory base capabilities and best execution location opportunities per factory. Ability to communicate and problem solve product challenges with vendors understanding their specialties
  • Collaborate with S&P to strategically analyse seasonal vendor allocation including cost negotiations based on bottom-up breakdown of Bill of Materials (BOM) at division and dept level
  • Perform competitive research; continually evaluate marketplace to identify and review applicability of key trends in manufacturing, fabrications and construction; identify significant innovations and share with partners in Merchandising and Design on regular basis
  • Lead, develop and manage team members. Set clear objectives, provide coaching and ongoing performance feedback, evaluate potential and empower direct reports
  • Accountable for managing team to deliver on-time and in full arrival of proto samples
  • Own product development for initiatives outside the core seasonal calendar

Your profile:

  • An exceptional academic record with a degree in Engineering, Business, Analytics or a related field
  • At least min. 10 years of experience in product development/pre-production, Product Lifecycle Management and Product Creation in an environment with very fast paced innovation cycles
  • Proven experience in and in-depth knowledge of the fashion and lifestyle industry - wholesale and vertical retail product development experience preferred
  • Strong technical product construction knowledge
  • Multiple years of experience in effectively motivate, develop and manage high performing teams
  • Extremely strong analytical skills to plan strategically to the needs of the business
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, high attention to detail, outstanding goal orientation and implementation strength
  • Excited to work in a fast-paced environment with a high level of ambiguity and change and a lot of room for big impact
  • Proven ability to thrive in a complex and matrix organization and seamlessly handle multiple tasks and priorities
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken
  • Willingness to travel worldwide

Your benefits:

  • Made for Me: three days in Metzingen and two days working remotely. Our hybrid working model "Threedom of work" is as individual as your personal needs.
  • Today. Tomorrow. Always. Sustainability is one of our key values, and more than just a trend. We are committed to environmental, animal and climate protection, and human rights.
  • Does innovation drive you? Same for us! We have digitized most of our workflows and almost fully automated our logistics centres.
  • Exclusive discounts for shopping and arts: benefit from discounts for family and friends along with free entrance to more than 15 international art museums.
  • High-performing people need a healthy balance. Take advantage of the employee gym, the beach volleyball field or yoga classes on the rooftop terrace.
  • As a fashion company, we value good taste in everything - including food. Welcome to our own restaurant and café, Times.

Fashion is a form of self-expression. With our products, we want to inspire individuality and encourage everyone to be their authentic selves. HUGO BOSS is a global company with our employees representative of the world at large. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workforce, and are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of, but not limited to, age, citizenship, disability, gender identity or expression, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sex, marital status, or sexual orientation.

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