Associate Product Development Manager

Warby Parker, New York, NY

Work behind the scenes or in the stores

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

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

What you’ll do:

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

Who you are:

  • Backed by 4–6 years of relevant product development and sourcing experience
  • An excellent communicator, both online and in person, who demonstrates strong cross-functional collaboration skills
  • Always on top of things and unflappably professional (you’ll be working with external partners, so this is especially important!)
  • Detail-oriented with super-strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Able to use your judgment and past experience to plan and accomplish goals
  • A seasoned, successful project manager
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Google Drive, and Adobe applications—for viewing tech drawings, combining files, and making edits
  • Well-versed in working with international vendors (you understand the cultural, regulatory, commercial, operational, and logistical implications of managing day-to-day operations within that setting)
  • Knowledgeable about negotiating with overseas providers and what drives vendors’ cost structures
  • Able (and excited!) to travel internationally 
  • Not on the Officer of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE)

Extra credit: 

  • Experience in eyewear product development and sourcing

About us:

Warby Parker was founded with a lofty objective: to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. By circumventing traditional channels and designing our frames in-house, we’re able to offer top-quality glasses and sunglasses (plus an uncommonly delightful shopping experience) at a fraction of the traditional going price.

Since starting out in 2010, we’ve set up headquarters in New York City and Nashville, built our own optical lab, and opened retail locations all around the U.S. and Canada. As we grow, we’re committed to proving that businesses can scale and be profitable while doing good in the world. For every pair of glasses we sell, a pair is distributed to someone in need—to date, that’s over five million pairs.

Of course, all work and no play makes a dull workplace. Who likes that? At Warby Parker, you can look forward to company outings, volunteering and learning opportunities, and just great company. Teammates can also connect around common interests, backgrounds, and identities, no matter their home base, through our various employee resource groups. (We’re happy to say that the Human Rights Campaign has named us a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ employees!) That sense of community keeps us excited to walk through the door every day. Good work, good people.

Some benefits and perks of working at Warby Parker:

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • Flexible “My Time” vacation policy
  • Retirement savings plan with a company match
  • Parental leave (non-birthing parents included)
  • Cell phone plan reimbursement
  • A health-and-wellness stipend
  • Free eyewear (plus discounts for friends and family)
  • And more (just ask!)

About Warby Parker

Warby Parker is a transformative lifestyle brand with a lofty objective: to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. By engaging directly with consumers, we’re able to offer ultra-high-quality, vintage-inspired frames for $95 including prescription lenses and shipping. 

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