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Director, Product Development, Denim


rag & bone

19d ago

  • Job
    Expert Level
  • Creative Arts & Fashion
  • $165K - $180K
  • New York City

AI generated summary

  • You must have a Bachelor's degree in related field, 10+ years of denim product development experience, strong analytical skills, excellent communication, computer proficiency, travel flexibility, denim expertise, negotiation skills, leadership abilities, and strategic mindset for this role.
  • You will lead global denim product development, oversee costing and quality standards, build a high-performing team, drive innovation, collaborate cross-functionally, manage budgets, and drive sustainability initiatives.


  • Bachelor's degree in Fashion Design, Textile Engineering, or related field
  • Proven track record 10 years of experience specifically in denim product development, with at least 3 years in a leadership role.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills for processes and decision making, and capable of executing strategies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, effective communicator.
  • Strong knowledge of garment construction, fabric, finishes and color.
  • Need to have strong computer skills in Excel, Word, Power Point, Microsoft Outlook, and Database programs. Illustrator and ERP experience a plus.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Results oriented.
  • Ability to travel to overseas facilities as needed.
  • Deep understanding of denim fabric, construction techniques, denim wash and manufacturing processes.
  • Exceptional communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills with the ability to inspire and motivate cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent strategic planning and analytical abilities with a demonstrated understanding of market trends and consumer preferences.
  • Results-oriented mindset with a focus on driving innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction.


  • Direct the development of product that meets rag & bone brand requirements for quality, value, cost, delivery and profitability.
  • Direct the product development costing team to meet margin expectations for all products.
  • Build a high-performance global product development team and fostering a continuous learning to improve processes, problem solving and development skills. In addition, maintain and mentor a professional development team
  • Work closely with the Raw Materials team on innovation products from ideation to product launch.
  • Continuously elevate, improve and execute a comprehensive denim product development strategy aligned with company objectives, market trends, and consumer preferences.
  • Oversee the entire product development lifecycle from concept ideation to commercialization, ensuring timely delivery and adherence to quality standards.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with denim suppliers and vendors to source quality materials, negotiate pricing, and ensure on-time delivery of products.
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams including design, merchandising, marketing, and manufacturing to ensure seamless integration and execution of denim product initiatives and innovation.
  • Implement rigorous quality control processes and standards to ensure the durability, fit, and comfort of denim products meet customer expectations.
  • Drive sustainability initiatives within denim product development by sourcing eco-friendly materials, implementing responsible production practices, and reducing environmental impact.
  • Manage the denim product development budget, ensuring efficient allocation of resources and cost-effective execution of initiatives.
  • Establish key performance metrics and benchmarks to measure the success and effectiveness of denim product development initiatives, and drive continuous improvement.


What is the main responsibility of the Director of Product Development for Denim?

The main responsibility of the Director of Product Development for Denim is to drive the development and execution of our denim product strategy, create innovative denim products that meet market demands and trends, and align with our brand vision.

Who does the Director of Product Development for Denim report to?

The Director of Product Development for Denim reports directly to the Senior Vice President of Development & Sourcing.

What is the role of the team led by the Director of Product Development for Denim?

The team led by the Director of Product Development for Denim is responsible for developing innovative denim products, conducting market research, staying current with denim trends, and ensuring that products align with the brand's vision.

Fashion & Arts
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Mission & Purpose

From its origins in New York in 2002, rag & bone instantaneously distinguished itself by combining British heritage with directional, modern design. Today, the brand has become synonymous with innately wearable clothing that innovatively melds classic tailoring with an edgy yet understated New York aesthetic. Inspired by a desire to create beautifully constructed clothes, rag & bone prides itself in the time-honored techniques of supremely skilled, local manufacturers at some of the oldest factories in the country. The importance of quality, expert craftsmanship and attention to detail resonated deeply, informing the brand’s core philosophy. With a downtown sensibility, signature clean silhouettes and an inherent integrity, rag & bone continuously redefines urban style. In 2007, rag & bone won the Swarovski Award for emerging talent in Menswear and in 2010, the brand was bestowed the industry’s most prestigious honor when named Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). rag & bone offers a full range of men’s and women’s ready to wear, /JEAN, Standard Issue, footwear and accessories collections. rag & bone operates 35 stores worldwide, ten of which are in New York City. Stores are also located in Washington, D.C.; Boston, Massachusetts; Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Greenwich, Connecticut; Aspen, Colorado; and Bal Harbour, Florida. International stores are located in London, UK; Tokyo, Japan; Bangkok, Thailand; Taipei, Taiwan and Hong Kong. rag & bone is also available in boutiques and department stores in over 53 countries worldwide.