Vice President of Production 2/10/14

Job Title: Vice President of Production
Location: Sharon, MA
Company: Charles River Apparel
Date Posted: 2/10/14
 

Job Summary:
Charles River Apparel is growing and searching for an experienced and passionate Vice President of Production, based in Sharon, MA.  The Vice President of Production will lead and direct the Production, Design and Sourcing to meet or exceed Charles River Apparel’s current reputation for quality and excellence in all target markets.

This role involves strategic planning, product and people development while collaborating cross-functionally across the organization.  The Vice President of Production reports directly to the CEO and is a key part of the Executive Team.

The Vice President plans, directs, coordinates and developments the manufacture of all products made by the company. This person will ensure that the company uses the most efficient, effective, economical and ethical methods for all production. This person will facilitates and executes the company’s vision through management of the time and action calendars to meet the deadlines of seasonal releases.  Supervises and promotes the development of the Production team through supervision and training.

Key Results:
-All quarterly and annual revenue & margin targets are met or exceeded.
-Control all timing and action from design through production and delivery through control of internal processes
-Ensure that Charles River Apparel is intimately connected to and highly responsive to our changing customers’ needs.
-Drive Sourcing strategy, ensure plans are executed. 
-Ensure that the production team is fully staffed with talented professionals that are well trained, highly motivated and focused.

Key Activities (not limited to):
SOURCING STRATEGY
-Manage brand initiatives and goals.
-Create, manage and track the development of the company’s products
-Develop and maintain relationships with vendors to ensure successful business partnerships.
-Analyze industry trends to proactively identify supply base issues to reduce cost, minimize risk, protect continuity of supply, and exploit emerging opportunities that benefit the company.
-Book fabrics and manage deliveries, and liabilities. Reviewed regularly by leadership team.
-Initiate and book early fabric commitments.
-Strategize business opportunities including freight modes for distribution center receipt, flow, and margin opportunity.  

ENSURE ONTIME DELIVERY:
- Management of the movement of products, fabrics and accessories from one country (i.e. mfg of fabric) to another country where the garment will be made.  
-Plan with the factory to ensure that stitching lines are open when needed and that expectation are clear and production times are met. 
-Ensure that factories are holding fabrics, trims, accessories and finished goods when necessary to decrease production time and to fill holes in inventory.
-Manage all documentation for cost-effective and lawful execution of all import activities. 
-Maintain up to date on all relevant import/export laws and procedures; tariffs and duties; licenses and restrictions.  
-Better communicate our expectations to the factories through the publication of a Vendor Manual.

LOWER COSTS AND INCREASE MARGINS:
-Review of factories and negotiating with vendors and adding new lower cost vendors that meet our quality standards.  Monitoring the costs in different countries, maintain up to date on all relevant import tariffs and duties that may affect costing.  Analyze competitor pricing and understand which items costing need to be prioritized. 
-Management of QC staff and ensuring color, stitching, fabrics, and sizing are appropriate.  Also, managing the process with the inspection agencies that are employed and visiting the factories once a year and checking quality of production.  Grade each factory and communicate with the factories so they understand how well they are meeting our expectations. Inspection of a representation sampling of goods coming into the warehouse and a larger sampling of for new styles and new factories (and when first inspection raises concerns).  Reduce returns due to poor quality and reduce charge back’s to the factories to less than $25,000 over 12 months also due to poor quality.
-Reviewing the costing of the sea and air costs and negotiating with these vendors.  Maintain better fulfillment rates without resorting to as many air shipments by working the planner to fill containers.
Investigate and test sources that you have used in the past and by networking with domestic and overseas contacts.  When necessary travel overseas and attend the appropriate trade shows.
-Managing the design department.  Assist in the process of identifying product opportunities-holes in the line, “blue ocean” opportunities, and by analyzing competitor weaknesses.  Making sure that the designer is up to date on new trends and fashions.
-VP of Production will be working with the design and production team to make sure that the garments arrives at the right price point and that the goods arrive on schedule.

IMPROVE QUALITY:

  •  Management of QC staff and ensuring color, stitching, fabrics, and sizing are appropriate.  Also, managing the process with the inspection agencies that are employed and visiting the factories once a year and checking quality of production.  Grade each factory and communicate with the factories so they understand how well they are meeting our expectations. Inspection of a representation sampling of goods coming into the warehouse and a larger sampling of for new styles and new factories (and when first inspection raises concerns).  Reduce returns due to poor quality and reduce charge back’s to the factories to less than $25,000 over 12 months also due to poor quality   

DECREASE SEA AND AIR COSTS:  

  • Reviewing the costing of the sea and air costs and negotiating with these vendors.  Maintain better fulfillment rates without resorting to as many air shipments by working the planner to fill containers 

DEVELOP NEW SOURCES FOR GARMENTS:  

  • Investigate and test sources that you have used in the past and by networking with domestic and overseas contacts.  When necessary travel overseas and attend the appropriate trade shows.

    INCREASE SALES OF NEW PRODUCTS:

    • Managing the design department.  Assist in the process of identifying product opportunities-holes in the line, “blue ocean” opportunities, and by analyzing competitor weaknesses.  Making sure that the designer is up to date on new trends and fashions. VP of Production will be working with the design and production team to make sure that the garments arrives at the right price point and that the goods arrive on schedule.

    CREATES AND MAINTAINS COMPLIANCE GUIDELINES: 

  • Creating manuals for our factories to follow.  Communicates to the factory our expectations and follows FLA guidelines.  Keeps up to date on government regulations and communicates that with our factories.

  • Travel to Asia as required doing on site inspection to maintain the company’s FLA standards

    CREATE AND MAINTAIN RECORDS ON STYLES:

    • Managing input of costing and inputting data on styles into ERP system.

    TEAM DEVELOPMENT/MANAGEMENT :

    • Assess and develop staff.  Build the appropriate team to ensure effective day to day management of each aspect of the department.

    • Coach staff to generate creative solutions.

    • Ability to lead change, and coach team to respond to a rapidly changing business environment.

    • Facilitate corporate initiative of global work shift to support national and international expansion.

    • Facilitate team to maintain and manage the pre-production time and action and production work-in-process.

     Critical Factors for Success :

    • Significant leadership experience managing a team working in a fast paced environment.Significant apparel production understanding and experience in all parts of the world.Experience in the design and development of apparel and cost engineering.

    • Experience traveling overseas to evaluate vendors and to determine areas of improvement.

    • Supervise subordinates’ responsibilities to ensure accomplishment of department goals and deadlines.

    • Promote the development of subordinates through supervision and training.

    • Pro-actively approach problem solving and be flexible with regard to new ideas and technologies.

    • Implement operational efficiencies.

    • Adapt quickly to changes.

    • Driven by deadlines with a high sense of urgency.

    • Passion for apparel, design and their associated industry and market trends.

    • Influence and motivate others, coach and develop, foster teamwork, steps forward to address difficult issues, provides clear direction, and champions change.

    • Excellent communication skills exhibited internally and externally.

    • 30% travel International and nationally to support Production strategy

     EXPERIENCE:
    • 10 plus years of experience managing and leading a production / product development / sourcing team. 

    TRAVEL:
    • 30% per year to manufacturing locations, shows, and meetings with the Sales department.

     Salary - dependent upon experience.  

     Full Benefits package.
    Charles River Apparel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

     Send resumes to: rglickman@CharlesRiverApparel.com



  • Feedback

    sending

    Send Us An E-mail

    You will receive a copy of this e-mail

    sending