Footwear Product Manager APPLY NOW

New York, NY
Part time

At Brunch, we are building a community around a lifestyle of leisure and relaxation; Like those Sundays when you walk down the street to your favorite brunch spot to be stress-free with your favorite friends. Through meaningful campaigns, amazing stories, high-quality content and offline events, we have brought our customers a product that is cozy, convenient and that brings the carefree mindset we wish we were always in.

We are looking for a Product Manager to oversee daily activities across product development and production of our footwear & accessory products. Responsibilities include researching best-in-class materials, communicating with factories, coordinating the development of new products and managing the production of upcoming orders. We are looking for individuals that want to be a part of a lean, entrepreneurial and fast-pace team, but also want to kick it once the day ends. We are looking to build a family that will continue to create  emotional connections with each other and with the brand.

Key Responsibilities:

  • General
    • Onboard to the Brunch Culture & Brand Identity to ensure proper education
    • Ownership of the product calendar, holding all relevant parties accountable to dates
    • Maintaining tracking systems for efficient internal updates
    • Lead the development & production of our new footwear lines as well as our miscellaneous accessory products
  • Product Development
    • Material and fabric selection and sourcing
    • Tracking proto/CFM/fit samples, making sample corrections and managing communications with factory partners regarding approval status and maintaining deadlines
    • Research and identify new innovations in the footwear market related to fabrics, materials and construction, most importantly in sustainability and comfort
    • Maintains fabric and materials library for their categories. Material and fabric sourcing/development, establishing standards and submitting to overseas partners/vendors for counter sourcing. Requests/organizes all fabric details for costing reference
    • Communicates accurate details relating to sampling, costing and product details to all cross functional teams and vendors/factories. Tracks all development fees, reviews with management for approval
  • Production
    • Develop a deep understanding of vendor capabilities and use knowledge to lead the team to develop best possible product within vendor limitations
    • Develop factory relations that optimize for low MOQs & quick deliveries
    • Meeting with and/or visiting footwear factories and material/ component suppliers
    • Setup comprehensive factory onboarding processes, that allow for accountability and efficiency
    • Submit PO’s, set timelines
    • Communicate daily with all vendors regarding each phase of development and production
    • Coordinate inventory receipt at warehouse
    • Supplier payments / cost structure
    • Troubleshoot sourcing, development and lead-time issues with the factories, ensuring you are offering outside the box solutions to problems or delays that may occur
  • Merchandising
    • Assist with line plan development
    • Assist with inventory planning & splits across each location (warehouse, retail, wholesale)


  • Bachelor's degree in a business or related field
  • Experienced leader; preferably has operated in an early stage, entrepreneurial company and has experience working for a direct to consumer brand
  • Experienced (3+ years) in footwear production/PD, specifically in a direct-to-consumer and working with smaller scale suppliers
  • Familiarity with all business functions including design and development
  • Experience communicating directly with factories, checking quality + make of samples
  • Ability to travel
  • Innovative, team-player with proven success in a constantly evolving environment with rapidly changing priorities
  • Ability to flex between micro and macro level thinking and work with all levels of management
  • A communicative leader. Able to develop and maintain effective relationships and partnerships both cross-functionally within the business and with external partners
  • Exceptionally organized. Able to multitask and prioritize, highly detail-oriented with exceptional follow-through
  • Must have exceptional computer skills (MS Office, Excel)
  • Collaborator who values integrity, innovation, respect and excellence.

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