Product Associate

Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree
Minimum Experience
2 Years
Job Category

Crisp color, graphic prints and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of Kate Spade & Company. From handbags and clothing to jewelry, fashion accessories, fragrance, eyewear, shoes, swimwear, home decor, desk accessories, stationery, tabletop and gifts, our exuberant approach to the everyday encourages personal style with a dash of incandescent charm. We call it living colorfully.

Kate Spade & Company has more than 450 specialty and outlet shops in 47 countries around the world. Our colorful products are sold worldwide, in every time zone and on every continent. Whether in San Francisco, Sao Paulo or Shanghai, our shops are always warm and inviting.

Welcome to Kate Spade & Company.

General Purpose of the Role

ejd As a Product Associate, you will be responsible for ensuring that the company's best interest is kept in mind when creating and producing product for our HB/SLG categories.


Support the product development & production process for our handbag and small leather good categories from initial design concept through to bulk production.
Processing and sending out tech packages and bills of material to vendors
Communicating daily with factories across the globe
Partnering w/ internal team and factory team to resolve technical and construction issues at every stage of development
Processing and negotiating costing at all development stages
Creating and presenting cost options to the cross-functional team for review and acceptance
Creation and maintenance of WIPS for development, market and production including:
tracking samples
cost sheets
custom line sheets
Sample review and preparation
Measuring samples and reviewing material placement against technical spec
Reviewing samples for workmanship and execution
Preparation of sample comments for bulk production in collaboration w/ technical design
Selecting material color for threads and zippers based on design direction
Data entry to systems (costing, raw material data)
Sample check-in and prep for market
Management of projects on behalf of the team such as zipper/thread dips; sample closet checkout/check in
Maintain very positive and professional relationships with vendors and internal partners in an effective manner
Actively participate in department or brand initiatives
Schedule training and educational opportunities
Informal "leader" for new hires and interns


College degree required
2-3 years of relevant experience in production, sourcing, and product development
Knowledge of product development processes
Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills
Initiative/sense of urgency; demonstrated problem solving skills
Ability to work and manage priorities independently
Proficient in windows-based software such as excel and word
Able to adapt in a rapidly changing and growing environment
Strong ability to multi-task and demonstrate flexibility
Building strong internal partnerships critical

Kate Spade & Company is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer: Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran

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