Manager, Production, Mens Polo

Ralph Lauren – New York, NY

Position Overview

Execution of milestones leading up to and including: production of all adopted products, Manage update and negotiation of costing, Sourcing options and factory allocation strategy, Order placement, delivery and lead-time negotiations, including communication of product changes.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Review line plan with Merch and Design of new seasons strategy for product development, costing and allocation concerns.
  • Provide estimated TNA during seasonal board by board review meetings, call out any production concerns in terms of execution, timing and costing.
  • Liaise and ensure development approvals with cross functional departments to ensure sample deliveries meet corporate calendar/key business launch dates.
  • Liaise with Fabric team for early season greige/color fabric/yarn commitment fabric platforming and positioning to provide flexibility on later commitment of order.
  • Secure on time delivery methodologies by aligning/leveraging lead times for added buy flexibility and product planning to start ship.
  • Secure and reconcile buy commitments while ensuring contracted deliveries from mills/suppliers is being met.
  • Partner with Design and Merch to influence, manage, and facilitate the timely approval of raw material components to support on time bulk deliveries and understand design style changes and its impact to cost, delivery, and liability.
  • Partner with overseas offices to track and implement pre-production calendar milestones, TNA for order commitment.
  • Carry out costing activities based on analysis of past production strategies; provide upfront visibility to component costs that negatively impact margin goals prior to seasonal adoption, work on reverse cost engineering to provide options to meet margin goals.
  • Manage all Custom Classification to ensure HTS compliance.
  • System maintenance and input is required to support all of the above functions in our corporate systems.

  • Experience, Skills & Knowledge

  • 4 year college degree, preferred or equivalent experience
  • 5 years work-related experience
  • Embodies critical thinking skills, solutions oriented approaches to problem solving, and adaptability
  • Strong verbal and written (email) communication and presentation skill
  • Computer systems: Intermediate to advanced Excel (i.e. pivot tables, v lookups etc.). GFE+ and SAP is a plus
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Able to take independent action to follow through on open items
  • Manager, Production, Mens Polo

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