Product Developer- Denim
H&M GroupFull time Full day
The H&M Group is one of the biggest fashion companies in the world. When you begin a career with us, there’s no limit to where it can take you. Here, your customer focus and love for fashion, design and business is supported and encouraged, and your individual contribution can truly make a difference. We are a fair and equal employer with many unique brands all over the world, offering endless opportunities for you to explore your own path. Join our international team with fantastic people who have already discovered that this is the place to be.
About H&M Production
Transform design ideas into real products at H&M Production. The direct point of contact for local suppliers in over 20 sourcing markets, we ensure that top-quality products are made as sustainably and cost-effectively as possible.
Put your passion in fashion at the center of our supply chain.
H&M Group is looking for Product Developer. Make your career possible!
As a Product Developer, you have the ownership over the end-to-end development based on assortment strategies and development hub deliverables. You drive the developments and take lead in material price negotiation with support from merchandising managers / global team to ensure component and material sourcing with best options, qualities, prices, and lead time in alignment with global expectations. Sustainability is an integrated part of all you do within denim (raw material, dyeing, finishing, washing) so you will work on Sustainability Agenda for Assortments and drive durability & circular projects for respective teams. You are also responsible for maintaining and updating digital & physical material library incl. FTD, as well as keeping updated on innovations aligned with global & regional material strategy. You work proactively towards a sustainable product development process by securing product development flow and sample handling process. Working on site and overseas suppliers, you have a clear understanding of the component capability in terms of fabrics, washes and sustainable innovations and take actions to educate and develop suppliers to leverage their capability and minimizing risks connected to component.
As the Product Developer, you have fashion sensibility with very strong technical knowledge on Denim product and a deep understanding of sustainable standards and component attributes such as Fabric dyeing, finishing, washing etc. You are strategic, business minded with strong negotiation skills and a vast understanding of pricing from a global perspective. You have good global market knowledge and the ability to seek out and implement further opportunities that could strengthen our customer offer. Important as well to have a proactive and act like troubleshooter to both identify and apply solutions to challenges connected to components and production. You communicate and collaborate closely with global teams as well as directly with T1 & T2 suppliers. Have a good understanding of the global T2 base and support in keeping it relevant and updated to match the global strategies within the BU and H&M. Collaborative teamwork and communication are key in everything we do. You work hand in hand with all stakeholders to co-execute the strategies and activities set from Assortment and Development Hub. Through all of this you work daily as a role model towards our H&M values.
Apart from these skills, you must also have:
- Academic background in Textile Engineering, Fashion studies
- 5-7 years of working experience in similar role, preferably in textile industry
- Ability to multi-task and manage various project elements simultaneously
- Experience in coordinating and managing international stakeholders
- A flexible, positive, and inspirational team player
Is H&M right for me?
People who are happy and do well at H&M tend to thrive on using their intuition and common sense. We might be the place of possibility, but we’re also a place of ambiguity and constant change. This is not a company for micro-managers or people who operate on autopilot. This is a company where your opinions will inform business decisions, so you need to enjoy making them heard, questioning how things work, and trying things that you might not be familiar with.
Consequently, we depend on teamwork. And we have a pretty high tolerance for failure, provided you can show you’re learning. You can expect to take on new responsibilities and to move around a bit, too, so this could be the start of a varied and rewarding career if that’s what you’re looking for.
Thinking about applying?
If all of this sounds like it might be your kind of thing then you should definitely apply by 18 September 2023. If your CV is selected then a recruiter will invite you for a phone / video call, followed by a couple of interviews.
H&M is committed to creating a Diverse & Inclusive environment and we are actively looking for qualified candidates irrespective of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability or age.