Commercialization Manager

5-7 years
3 months ago
Job Description

As Commercialization Manager you'll work as part of the Asia-based team to ensure all products are properly engineered and commercialized in-line with the FitFlop product strategy and brand standards.

You'll have commercialization experienced in footwear, ideally with casual/sports brands and have fantastic relationship building skills and a great communication style you'll challenge and influence but in the right way.

You'll be a team player but you'll also be self-motivated and able to work independently as this role is based in North Vietnam.

The Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for ensuring all Graded/Full Sizes samples and Platinum Samples (confirmation sample) are executed to the correct specification and in-line with FitFlop Aesthetic, Fit, Quality and Product Testing standards
  • Ensure Fit, Feel & Aesthetics are maintained and effectively translated into production processes
  • Manage production transfer project in gathering completed tech pack for seamless transition between factories
  • Coach Quality Auditor, factory technician to manage Flow Update style in PP Trial (Pre-Production) and IPT (Initial Production Trial)
  • Attend Buy Ready Meeting to ensure Confirmed Spec, Visual Seal Sample, Fit Approved Sample, Material Swatches, Packaging are in place before style is released for buy
  • Organize RFC (Ready for Commercialization) Hand-Off Meeting with PD, mould shop, supplier, factory with all aspects meeting commercialization requirement
  • Verify full sizes last grading, construction is suitable for product type intended
  • Approve FSR (full sizes run) 2D drawing, 3D data, wooden model before opening production moulds
  • Establish lead time and track progress for Graded/Full Sizes moulds to meet commercialization deadline
  • Engage in production mould trial to validate component measurements, density, texture/coating application, performance matching to spec
  • Lead Grading Meeting to verify all grades are correct and fitting is as the confirmed Fit Approved Sample
  • Organize and verify fit and wear testing for Graded and Full Sizes trial samples before sending to headquarter
  • Attend cutting die and stock fitting trial to ensure all dies and components are graded correctly
  • Work closely with Material team on approval of material/componentry, relevant colour windows, finishing standards available for factory pre-production meetings
  • Communicate testing standards to factories according to material/components and whole shoe testing requirement
  • Sign-off model specific Process Flow Chart, SOP (Standard Operation Procedure), critical measurements as part of quality plan
  • Collaborate with production/QA team to establish best practices for manufacturing process
  • Lead factory Pre-Production meetings and generate trial summary to ensure all queries are resolved before production starts
  • Ensure FitFlop product approval process/factory pre-production meetings are completed for on-time ex-factory schedule
  • Participate in SMS Tear Down Meeting to mitigate risk in commercialization and production

The Person:

  • Minimum of 5 years in footwear commercialization, with in depth understanding of pattern engineering, fitting, mould making, construction, materials and manufacturing processes
  • In depth understanding of quality assurance / control and testing protocols
  • Ability to coach factory team and delegate commercialization tasks to alleviate work load
  • Detailed knowledge of supply chain planning & lead-time processing as well as cost structures and opportunities to reduce costs
  • Strong numerical, analytical, problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Challenge and continuously seek improvement in all aspects of PD / Commercialization management, to ensure OTIF delivery
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with different international cultures and working to deadlines
  • Ability to create consensus and work cooperatively with a team
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • IT skills: MS Office mandatory with advanced Excel, PLM / PDM knowledge preferred





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