Product Development/ Sourcing Manager

Assouline Publishing Inc. Assouline Publishing Inc. Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Wed, Jul 2 '14Posted on:

Exciting opportunity to work on product development from concept to launch.  Utilize creative skills in the creation and development stages and project management skills during execution and roll out.  The ideal candidate will be able to source manufacturers using varied materials (glass, leather, horn, metal, wood, resin, etc.)  The main focus of design is library accessories (i.e. book stands, letter openers, book ends, book bags, custom journals, etc.)  Position reports to VP of Retail.



  • Identify and research new suppliers/ factories/ markets to ensure new product needs are consistently met.  Constant monitoring and evaluation of vendor performance
  • Initiate supplier blueprints, models and samples.  Ensures necessary engineering and technical approval of selected components, including material compatibility and dispensing characteristics
  • Defines risks associated with projects for review with Sourcing Director
  • Source both primary & secondary packaging
  • Release, proof & route all packaging for approval
  • Course correction to ensure deliverables will be met
  • Set-up vendors in accounting system
  • Research and analyze overseas and domestic suppliers
  • Assist in managing vendor relationships over multiple product lines
  • Expand on existing knowledge and develop new overseas and domestic supplier

Project Management:

  • Weekly vendor meeting agendas
  • New product launch timeline
  • Initiate & develop new processes as it pertains to business needs
  • Work closely, on a daily basis, with both internal (production, inventory management, channel planning, product development, creative, brand management) & external partners (fill vendors, component vendors).
  • New product launch calendar
  • Obtain & negotiate pricing
  • Manage PR and production planning for sample requirements
  • Create BOM’s & specification sheets
  • Work with a team to manage and develop all global sourcing activities and strategies
  • Identify and execute opportunities for improving supplier performance and reducing cost


  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design
  • 5+ years experience in the luxury accessory sourcing arena
  • 2+ years experience directly sourcing products from overseas factories
  • Ability to travel (10%)
  • Able to work within retail and manufacturing environment
  • Strong networking skills/ ability to form partnerships/ strong diplomatic skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural environment
  • Strong problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Analytical and statistical aptitude
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong PC skills
  • Cantonese or Mandarin and other language skills a plus
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