Senior Manager- Buying/PD (Women’s - Footwear)
Roles and Responsibilities
o Leading the product development and fit/sizing for entire women’s footwear portfolio.
o Manage and guide the factories/ designers and oversee the process end to end from
research and visualizations of ideas, creation of concepts, creating the mood-boards,
colour boards, deciding the silhouettes and creating the final sample.
o Decide the plan for the season, create a product calendar in coordination with buying
team and plan execution along with the production team
o Should possess an understanding of internal and external variables that impact our
business (this entails owning trend forecasting, understanding market gaps,
opportunities & competition, along with a thorough understanding all technical aspects
of product development in women’s footwear.
o Analyse developments from a technical perspective to study patterns and provide
design specifications on material, colour, print, fit etc.
o Collaborate with the merchandisers and category managers to understand the on-
ground challenges to align the sample creation.
o Work with vendors on sourcing and buying of materials and creating appropriate
samples for each product to maintain the quality standards and adhere to appropriate
o Conduct research on styles of footwear needed for our target group, studying the past
seasons, and predicting future trends.
o Overseeing of pre-production samples and tech-packs & has understanding/knowledge
of the production cycle.
o Coordinate and communicate with internal and external parties, while meeting tight
o Working on strategies to minimize cost through product reengineering and market
o Resolving returns with a strict timeline and sharing monthly report on the same.
Qualifications & Experience
NIFT/NID/FDDI with 8-12 years of experience in developing footwear for domestic or
Experience / exposure to e-commerce will be an advantage.
Product expertise in women’s footwear is mandatory.
Strong experience and skills in cross functional stakeholder management.
In depth understanding of technical aspects of footwear product development: Aesthetics,
Material, Quality and Construction along with basic understanding in collecting, analysing,
and interpreting data.
Good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.