Product Development Supervisor

Date Posted October 11, 2019
  • Department Buying
  • Location Toronto
  • Job ID 61013
  • Corporate
  • Toronto

YM Inc.

Employer: YM Inc.

Position: Product Development Supervisor

Terms of Employment: Full Time/Permanent

Salary: $23.00 – $25.00 / hour

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Hours of Work: 40 hours/week

Benefits: Eligible for discretionary bonuses/increases in salary. Eligible for company health benefits, dental benefits and employee discount.


YM Inc. was founded on the strength of a single retail store in the heart of downtown Toronto in 1975, under the name Stitches. Today we are one of North America’s leading apparel retailers operating over 600 stores across Canada and the United States under the following banners: Stitches, Urban Planet, Urban Behavior, Sirens, West 49, Urban Kids, Suzy Shier, and Bluenotes.

The Product Development Supervisor prepares initial sketches and specification packages as required assists in managing merchandise samples, fit process and production follow-ups and communicates with vendors/factories during the sample production process.


  • Evaluate and provide constructive feedback on the quality and fit of a garment;
  • Spearhead working strategies and flow processes;
  • Standardize rules and formats for both internal and external communication;
  • Approve the fit of samples prior to production;
  • Communicate technical instruction and direction between the Buying Team and the vendor;
  • Follow-up with vendors on pre-production/production samples as required;
  • Provide guidance and support to the Product Development team;
  • Sample follow-ups to ensure instructions were executed correctly and delivery will be on time;
  • Complete the technical packages (Sketch + Specs + Construction details) by using Illustrator/Corel Draw quickly and efficiently;
  • Liaise with store operations team on quality control issues;
  • Review final exit audits conducted on outbound shipments to ensure all products are in compliance with established specifications;
  • Prepare inspection documentation of requirements for new product to the external third party;
  • Review and execute the requests for monthly inspections overseas and at the third-party warehouse;
  • Prepare quality metrics of monthly inspection results;
  • Identify problems, investigate, collect facts and make recommendations;
  • Adhere to corporate health and safety policy requirements that contribute to a safe workplace;
  • Any other related duties as assigned;
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments;
  • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity and product quality;
  • Requisition materials and supplies;
  • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies;
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions; and
  • Prepare production and other reports.


  • Post-secondary education in a retail/business program or a related field;
  • 3+ years’ of product development experience in a fashion retail environment;
  • Knowledge of and experience in Ladies Apparel construction, fabrication and garment production;
  • Experience with vendors in China considered an asset;
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop;
  • Understanding of garment manufacture costing in apparel;
  • Able to lead the approval sample process including fit, fabric, color lab-dips, & trims; and
  • Expert understanding of pattern making & Grading for mass production.

Related Work Skills

  • Strong creative and business analytical skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced trend business;
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure and meet all deadlines;
  • Strong ability to develop teams and partnerships;
  • Ability to take initiative;
  • Effective time management and multitasking skills;
  • Excellent mathematical and inventory management skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and
  • Understands business goals and works closely with key leadership to strategize.
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