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Warby Parker is searching for a Product Development Associate Manager to support the creation & sourcing of each & every eyeglasses & sunglasses frame. In this role, youll work across departments to translate our Designers sketches into finished productsall while optimizing cost, quality, & lead time. Youll also play an important role in helping Warby Parker execute a strategy for frame & raw material vendors that aligns with our ambitious growth targets. Well count on you to oversee vendor development, negotiations, sourcing, production management, & metrics reporting to evaluate vendors performance. Our ideal candidate is a strong communicator with experience in development & strategic sourcing. Sound right up your alley? Read on!

The Product Development Associate Manager will report to the Product Development Director under the Product Strategy team umbrella, inclusive of the Merchandising & Planning Departments. 

What youll do:

  • Manage key vendor relationships for both new developments & core businesses through the end-to-end product lifecycle
  • Partner closely with our designers to create successful seasonal, chase, & long-term innovation development that leads to a high adoption rate for our prototypes
  • Ensure the cross-functional development calendar is executed & adhered to, & ensure all internal & external partners are updated on timelines 
  • Continually assess our current vendor base & spend
  • Own forecasting & capacity planning, as well as sampling & manufacturing lead-times
  • Negotiate costs with a keen understanding of trade-offs within the product, vendors cost structures, & overall business volume
  • Facilitate the purchasing of all frames, measure the associated delivery & quality performance, & troubleshoot as needed
  • Track purchase orders to ensure on-time & in-full deliveries; hold a weekly review with cross-functional department leads based on exception-level reporting & solutions-based recommendations
  • Assist with internal & external processes to onboard new frame vendors & ensure compliance with our Vendor Compliance Manual 
  • Gather & report out KPIs to include in vendor scorecards & internal team performance goals, then use those KPIs to inform future strategies 

Who you are:

  • Backed by 46 years of relevant product development & sourcing experience
  • An excellent communicator, both online & in person, who demonstrates strong cross-functional collaboration skills
  • Always on top of things & unflappably professional (youll be working with external partners, so this is especially important!)
  • Detail-oriented with super-strong organizational & analytical skills
  • Able to use your judgment & past experience to plan & accomplish goals
  • A seasoned, successful project manager
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Google Drive, & Adobe applicationsfor viewing tech drawings, combining files, & making edits
  • Well-versed in working with international vendors (you understand the cultural, regulatory, commercial, operational, & logistical implications of managing day-to-day operations within that setting)
  • Knowledgeable about negotiating with overseas providers & what drives vendors cost structures
  • Able (and excited!) to travel internationally 

Extra credit: 

  • Experience in eyewear product development & sourcing

Some benefits of working at Warby Parker for full-time employees:

  • Health, vision, & dental insurance
  • Life & AD&D Insurance
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Paid Holidays
  • Retirement savings plan with a company match
  • Parental leave (non-birthing parents included)
  • Short-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Bereavement Support
  • Optical Education Reimbursement
  • Free eyewear
  • And more (just ask!)

Warby Parker requires all newly hired in-person or hybrid employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date. Warby Parker is an equal opportunity employer & will provide reasonable accommodation, as necessary with federal, state, or local law, to those individuals who are unable to be vaccinated.

Warby Parker, in good faith, believes that the posted salary range is accurate for this role in New York City at the time of posting. Warby Parker may pay more or less than the posted range based on factors such as relevant experience & skills, qualifications & location, among others. This range may be modified in the future. In addition to base salary, this role is also eligible to receive a cash bonus & an equity bonus as part of the total compensation package. Details & eligibility will be discussed during the application process.

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