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Director of Product Development & Sourcing

Job Title:  Director of Product Development & Sourcing
Reports to:  President & CEO
FLSA Status:  Full-time, Exempt
Career Level:  Director (navy blue)   

Purpose:  You will oversee and implement product development policies, objectives, and initiatives. Lead research for new products, product enhancements, and product redesign. Directly manage a small product development team that coordinates with merchandising to identify new opportunities and works directly with external vendors to develop and/or modify products exclusively for Peepers.

This position will require quarterly visits to Peepers HQ in Michigan City, Indiana

Duties & Responsibilities:  

  • Partner with design to ensure all projects meet original design intent and successfully execute material and construction requirements; problem solve as required.
  • Monitor and manage quality, manufacturability, performance, quality, cost, lead-times, and minimums on all projects.
  • Accountable for the on-time delivery and quality of prototypes, sales samples, and pre-production samples meeting all calendar deadlines.
  • Manage factory allocation.
  • Lead cost engineering and final costing negotiations with vendors to meet/exceed margin expectations and maximize profit.
  • Build factory relationships to leverage costing, quality, innovation, and sample revisions. 
  • Manage all aspects of the technical development process; oversee the feasibility, cost, minimums, and execution of new molds/mold drawings.
  • Responsible for the on-time submission and communication of all product specs/tech packs for all styles from concept to sales sample stage.
  • Lead ongoing research, travel, and competitive analysis to ensure Peepers is an industry leader in world-class materials, technology, fit, and innovation.
  • Deliver continuous communication of project status or discrepancies internally to Peepers merch and design team and externally to factories
  • Must travel seasonally to international factories to oversee product development and nurture factory relationships


Physical Demands and Working Conditions: 

  • Communication via telephone, emails, online chat, and co-workers
  • Viewing computer terminal, perceiving, and transcribing data with accuracy, and keyboarding fill much of the day in an office environment
  • The employee is required to maintain a calm and professional demeanor while handling multiple priorities
  • The employee is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions, working primarily in an office environment
  • Light work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Work can require walking while carrying objects, stooping, kneeling, crouching, as well as grasping objects, and reaching with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.
  • Reliable physical attendance is required.
  • The employee is required to stay awake throughout the shift.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 10+ years of experience in eyewear product development.
  • Has existing factory relationships
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to identify consumer or industry trends and translate into the product(s)
  • Experience working with domestic and international suppliers
  • Strong ownership and accountability; proactive approach
  • Respected cross-functional partner
  • Recognized team leader and people developer
  • Ability to be strategic as well as to flex into details as needed


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