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Product Development Specialist - 4 month contract

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Date: Jan 8, 2018

Location: Mississauga, ON, CA

Company: TJX Companies, Inc.

Are you ready to explore career opportunities at TJX Canada and join our team?  TJX Canada is part of The TJX Companies, Inc., the world’s leading off-price retailer of apparel and homeware worldwide, and in Canada, our retail chains include Winners, Marshalls and HomeSense.

In the retail business, we move fast. We’re always adapting, evolving and innovating. And the fast pace brings variety and challenge, along with many growth opportunities.  We operate hundreds of stores in hundreds of cities.

TJX’s retail chains include TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and Sierra Trading Post in the United States TK Maxx in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria and the Netherlands, as well as HomeSense in the United Kingdom and Ireland; and TK Maxx in Australia.

As a retailer committed to growth, success is always in style at TJX!

 

Meet Nicola

 

Nicola is a Product Development Specialist in our Merchandising Department. 

 

She works with the Product Team on the development and approval of home products.  She develops and executes product based upon vision and void directed by the Merchants and Manager to ensure the timely shipment of quality, trend right product.  Develops strong customer service and working relationships with Agents, Buyer Vendors and other inter-departmental associates.  Travels domestically and overseas as needed.  Regularly shops all levels of stores including our own and competitors for fashion, trends, color direction and value.  

 

It’s easy to create a team. But what makes the team work? We believe it’s having individuals like Nicola  on board. She creates momentum by inspiring colleagues to think outside the box and share ideas freely. Teamwork means striving for a work environment where each team member is valued for their individual talents and ideas.  And that’s how Nicola contributes here with us.

 

Now, if you were to come on board as one of our Product Development Specialist, we’d ask you to do the following:

 

  • Work with Product Team on the development and approval of home products.  Develops and executes product based upon vision and void directed by the Merchants and Manager to ensure the timely shipment of quality, trend right product.
  • Ensures styling details and product standards are clearly communicated and understood by Agents/Vendors; facilitates problem resolution in a timely manner.
  • Develops strong customer service and working relationships with Agents, Buyer Vendors and other inter-departmental associates. 
  • Regularly shops all levels of stores including our own and competitors for fashion, trends, color direction and value.
  • Develops an understanding of how to create achievable programs and how to add efficiencies while working with the Manager and team.
  • Works with technical design and to ensure that the product styling and fit is consistent with current market trends. 
  • Works with Managers, Agents and Vendors to develop new techniques and concept samples.
  • Reviews all submissions received from vendors to ensure compliance to required product standards.
  • Communicates technically achievable direction to the vendors on how to correct color, strike offs, components, and samples; consults Product Manager or team members for functional guidance as necessary.
  • Coordinates, monitors the development process according to time and action deadlines including delivery and production flow 
  • Monitors WIP reports with Product Development team, Agents, and Vendors to ensure on time delivery for all programs.
  • Assist and/or participate on annual and special projects to review and inform product development initiatives.

 

 

Sounds rather challenging and exciting, right? Let’s hope so, because if it sounds easy or boring, there’s a good chance this job isn’t for you. But if it does sound right for you, here’s why we know you’ll be able to handle those challenges.  You have:

 

  • Minimum post-secondary education in related area/discipline i.e. Fashion, Home Product Design, Merchandising with preferred minimum 1 to 2 years in retail, merchandising or product design experience
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office applications, Web PDM, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop.
  • Proficient in formatting art files, designing pattern repeats and print recolouring.  Worked with variable text and graphic art layout.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to read, write, communicate and interpret information accurately; able to developing and building relationships with internal and external partners / team members; customer service skills including efficiently and effectively responding to inquires or resolving any conflicts or problems that might arise; ability to communicate and interpret conceptual design ideas
  • Good project management skills including structured project methodology (i.e. determining needs, researching existing programs, etc.); utilizing multiple sources of information to develop well-structured business recommendations preparing and maintaining detailed development plans for projects; determining project specifications
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to implement and manage details, prioritize, time manage and multi-task with limited supervision and sometimes under time pressure
  • Demonstrated understanding of quality standards relative to product development initiatives; able to identify  gaps and opportunities
  • Customer focused and a passion for details, organization and processes

Success is our favorite outfit! As proud as we are of our past success, it’s our future that excites us most. We strive to provide opportunities for growth, recognition and a competitive salary and benefits package. Share our determination to think bolder and bigger and be part of our future. Apply now.

Here at TJX Canada we are an equal opportunity employer committed to the inclusion and accommodation of all individuals. For additional assistance please email accessiblecareers@tjxcanada.ca.


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