Director of International Product Development

Asia, Vietnam or China

Four Hands is expanding its Product Development team and is looking for an experienced Director of International Product Development to lead all International Product Development efforts.  This position will be based in Asia, Vietnam or China (preferred).

  • Oversee the development of Four Hands product at our international sources
  • Work directly with the Four Hands Creative Director and VP of Upholstery to maintain the Four Hands style
  • Lead a team of Product Developers based in China, India, and Vietnam
  • Attend domestic and international furniture and design markets to identify emerging trends and translate them into sellable goods
  • Negotiate first cost of product to achieve compelling wholesale prices while maintaining high profit margins
  • Evaluate product lines for multiple categories in order to target new opportunities for development
  • Work with manufacturers on design, construction and quality specifications, as well as manage timelines to ensure vendors meet market deadlines
  • Communicate with Domestic Product Development teams to ensure all incoming products are of the highest quality, design, and value
  • Manage and maintain communications with internal departments assuring that all aspects of new product development are completed
  • Propose development strategies which could drive growth within the Four Hands product line
  • Identify and propose new manufacturers to bring into the Four Hands’ vendor matrix
  • Review and evaluate samples at factories and showrooms with the international product development teams
  • Work with Country Managers to develop best practices
  • Domestic and international travel required
  • Other duties as assigned by Management
  • 5+ years of experience in International Product Development, preferably furniture/home goods
  • Working knowledge of furniture construction, engineering, finish and packaging techniques
  • Understanding of raw material and vendor capabilities based on country
  • Knowledge of proactive costing and product engineering techniques
  • Ability to develop product that is market-ready at the first sample
  • Excellent time and calendar management skills with the ability to hit product deadlines
  • Knowledge of air and ocean freight shipping procedures and certifications
  • Strong communication skills, and the ability to communicate through language barriers

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