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Warby Parker // boutique-quality eyewear retailer
Product, Full Time    New York City    Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2022
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Warby Parker is looking for a seasoned Director to lead a subset of our Product Development team in the creation of beautiful frames in partnership with our designers. In this highly collaborative role, youll be accountable for the development, sourcing, & production management of both optical & sun products as well as accessories & packaging.  Well count on you to help Warby Parker set & execute a strategy for our vendors that aligns with our core values, growth trajectory, & Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) initiatives. Sound like your dream gig?  Read on!


What youll do:

  • Lead our Product Development team & set team strategy & high-impact objectives 
  • Accountable for the end-to-end execution of our consumer-facing product, including packaging, accessories, optical & sun frames 
  • Evolve vendor vision & overall matrix, engaging key partners on immediate & long term growth plans with an eye on transforming global complexities 
  • Examine quantitative & qualitative data to assess opportunities within current vendor landscape & operating plan, including scalability, social innovation, environmental impact, new capabilities, quality, & cost parameters
  • Optimize calendar, processes, & tools used to facilitate the full product lifecycle of sourcing, development, & production
  • Create strategic alignment between cross functional departments & identify misalignment & strategy gaps  in pursuit of achieving company wide priorities & growth targets
  • Resolve  on complex issues that involve  an in-depth knowledge of international manufacturing & the overall global landscape of material suppliers & optical vendors 

Who you are:

  • Backed by 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Proven team leader excelling in hiring, retaining, & motivating talent 
  • An excellent communicator (online & in-person) who demonstrates strong cross-functional collaborative skills
  • Well versed in developing methods, techniques, & evaluation criteria for projects, people, & external vendor partners 
  • Expert in working with international vendors & understands the cultural, regulatory, commercial, operational, & logistics implications of operations within that setting 
  • Exemplary knowledge about & experience with  direct communication & negotiations with vendor partners
  • Seasoned international traveler with sharp production floor evaluation methodology, specifically in China & surrounding regions 


Extra credit:

  • Eyewear and/or jewelry product development & sourcing experience
  • Oracle Fusion ERP & companion PLM fluency

About Us:

Warby Parker was founded with a mission: to inspire & impact the world with vision, purpose, & style.

Were constantly asking ourselves how we can do more & make a greater impactand that starts by reimagining everything that a company & industry can be. We want to demonstrate that a business can scale, be profitable, & do good in the worldwithout charging a premium for it. And weve learned that it takes creativity, empathy, & innovation to achieve that goal.

Since the day we launched in 2010, weve pioneered ideas, designed products, & developed technologies that help people see. We offer everything our customers need for happier eyes at a price that leaves them with money in their pockets, from designer-quality glasses & contacts to eye exams & vision tests. 

Ultimately, we believe in vision for all, which is why for every pair of glasses or sunglasses we sell, a pair of glasses is distributed to someone in need through our Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program. Over eight million pairs of glasses have been distributed in over 50 countries; that means eight million people now have the glasses they need to learn, work, & achieve better economic outcomes. 

At Warby Parker, you can look forward to company outings & events, volunteering & learning opportunities, & just great company filled with curious, kind folks. Dreaming up & sharing ideas arent responsibilities reserved for certain teams or leaders; the challenge (a really fun one) of innovation is on all of our shoulders. Teammates can also connect around common interests, backgrounds, & identities, no matter their home base, through our various employee resource groups. (Were happy to say that the Human Rights Campaign has named us a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ employees!) That sense of community & belonging keeps us excited to walk through the door every day, wherever that door may be. 

We're driven to continue building a workplace, based on inclusive behaviors & equitable systems, where all employees can bring their authentic selves, feel engaged, & share their perspectives as a valued member of Team Warby. Transparency is what were all about, & our annual Impact Report & Racial Equity Strategy lay out how were sticking to these values. 

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