Product Development Manager, Collaborations



Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2023

Who we are:
lululemon is a yoga-inspired technical apparel and accessories company up to big things. The practice and philosophy of yoga informs our overall purpose to elevate the world through the power of practice. We are proud to be a growing global company with locations all around the world, from Vancouver to Shanghai, and places in between. We owe our success to our innovative product, our emphasis on our stores, our commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we get to make in every community we are in.

About this team:
From concept through to pre-production stage, Product Development is the front-line regarding communication with the finished goods vendor base, launching sketches, requesting sampling, fitting product, and keeping an accurate data library of the life cycle of a product. Product Development is a truly cross functional working group that pivot to partners such as Design, Concept, Global Fit, Technical Development, Quality, Merchandising, Finished Goods Sourcing, Raw Materials, and Go To Market operations to deliver a commercially ready product to our buying teams. They are strong communicators who value and develop their cross functional relationships. This is a team of high performers who are constantly striving to develop personally and professionally, practicing open feedback in a trusting space. This team knows how to bring fun into their everyday, prioritising team connection and enjoying creative sessions together.

A day in the life:
The Product Development Manager is responsible for leading a team of individuals to drive the commercialization of best-in-class product in partnership with creative and strategic counterparts, balancing function, time, cost, and quality while delivering design intent. They strategize product road maps, industry standards and drive team project management expertise to deliver premium, functional, and innovative product fit for production.

• Execute on short and long-term product development strategies
• Lead, train, mentor, and coach the team to elevate business and soft skill set within team
• Reinforcing an environment for learning, open dialogue, collaboration, and transparency
• Drive internal process efficiency by encouraging co-creation with vendors and external partners as needed
• Mentor team members through personal development plans and career pathways
• Drive communication and influence cross-functional partners through issue resolution
• Collaborate with cross-functional team members to ensure full transparency and awareness of style status along multiple track seasonal deadlines
• Resource and allocate seasonal style capacity efficiently across various product classifications and team capabilities
• Manage seasonal product development to ensure cost parameters, quality, and design intention are achieved
• Maintain a knowledgeable overview of all product categories with the ability to proxy and aid in strategic decision making
• In partnership with cross-functional leaders, drive innovation and elevate process improvement
• Partner with cross-functional leaders to ensure raw materials and trim developments ladder into strategic product roadmaps
• Cooperate with all cross-functional leaders to ensure product is meeting cost objectives along the development timeline
• Recommend appropriate seasonal vendor allocation and partner with sourcing to provide insight on vendor

• Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline or equivalent professional experience; focused training in Technical Design, Product Management, Product Development or relevant experience preferred
• 8+ years minimum industry experience (preferably within the Product Development, Product Management or Sourcing departments)
• 3+ years minimum people leadership/mentorship experience
• Experience working on Collaborations with external partners is a plus
• Extensive technical knowledge of performance and or ready to wear product lifecycle, fit, construction, costing and international manufacturing; domestic manufacturing would be an asset
• Proficiency in MS office (Excel/Word/Outlook), Adobe Design Suite (Illustrator and Photoshop)
• Proficiency with Flex PLM or similar PLM software is recommended

Must haves:
• Strong interpersonal skills including analytical, problem solving, organizational, issue resolution, and internal and external relationship management
• Decisive and strategic leader with a proven track record
• Passionate about mentoring, coaching, and training team members according to individual goals and objectives
• Approaches problem solving with a conceptual and strategic mindset
• Ability to plan, budget, and lead a team for seasonal vendor trips across Asia, Americas, and Europe
• Extensive knowledge of cross-functional team accountabilities paired with a detailed understanding of product creation calendar from design through to in store delivery
• Curiosity for change and learning, capable of managing ambiguity
• Professional written, visual, and verbal communication and presentation skills
• Self-motivated, strong sense of urgency, collaborative approach
• Thrive in a fast paced, cross functional team environment
• Ability to work through others by delegating and distributing work in order to meet goals