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Job Title:  Jewelry Product Development Manager 
Job Number: xxxx E01304 
Travel:  5% 
Job Type:  Full Time 
Number of Openings:  1 
Location:  Niles,IL,60714 
 
Opportunity:  
We are currently seeking a creative and highly motivated Product Development Manager to join our Jewelry team!  This individual will be responsible for assisting the Product Development team in the research and development of new concepts, and development and management of backends or existing programs. The Product Development Manager will creatively brainstorm and concept new ideas that fit within the established Bradford criteria and formats, and will manage administrative functions of the department including tracking, scheduling and updating reports and product programs. The ideal candidate will also have previous jewelry design and/or retail experience and demonstrate basic knowledge of jewelry materials. 

Responsibilities

 
  • Update File Maker Pro database in relation to status on product sample and cost of good requests, correctly, consistently, and in a timely fashion to keep the workflow smooth across the various departments – Advertising, Production, and Marketing.
  • Manage and distribute reports for weekly team meetings and bi-weekly presentations.
  • Maintain the development library of product brochures, catalogs, magazines and research binders.
  • Assist team in basic note-taking during meetings and distribute to team members.
  • Research past Bradford product to analyze degree of success in market research & product research. Track conversion rates, historical data, source color proofs, transparencies, brochures for art reuse evaluation.
  • Maintain and manage back end products (initially with guidance from Product Development Manager) with emphasis on the design quality and series cohesion. Manage through design, sculpt, decal proofing and manufacturing processes to include preparation of design worksheet, fact sheet, approvals, product reporting, backstamps and hang tags. Set up and maintain backends in database; pull art and appropriate research for review; work with designer on illustrations, review and communicate changes to Design team. Responsible for program scheduling and target dates.
  • Print and critique JPEG photos of products in development, pre-production samples and production samples including certificates of authenticity.
  • Participate in concepting and brainstorming with Product Development team.  Develop and present concepts and ideas for new products to managers. Develop new product concept for tests at weekly meetings (under supervision with Product Development Manager, if applicable) - this includes the concept, research, mockup/sketches, worksheet/statements, and data on trends, competitive and related industries, prior test/rollout results, preliminary costs/margin estimates, and other required materials.
  • Communicate and direct outside sketch artists, illustrators, sculptors, painters, mold makers, and manufacturers.
  • Expand design pool (designers, sketch artists, sculptors, painters, etc) by proactively seeking out new talent to result in quality and reliable resources for the Product Development team.
 
Required Skills:  
  • BA or BFA degree in Art, Art History, Fine/Studio Arts, Illustration, Product Design, Sculpture, Graphic Design or an art-related field
  • 0-3 years work experience
  • Some experience in product development/design of jewelry and/or retail experience
  • Excellent organizational, project management, and communication skills – both verbal and written 
  • Must be organized and must be very detail-oriented
  • Knowledge of MAC/PC including Excel, Word, PhotoShop, Illustrator
  • Ability to work and troubleshoot in an extremely fast-paced environment
  • Basic knowledge of jewelry materials
  • Strong internship experience or a minimum of two years work experience is preferred 
  • Experience in a clerical and/or art and craft environment is a major plus 
  • Strong traditional artistic skills preferred
  • Familiarity with Illustrator and/or databases is helpful
 
Benefits: Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, 401(k), Profit Sharing, Tuition Reimbursement, Entry Level 
      

Phone: (847) 966-2770

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