Production Manager

The Opportunity...

Reporting to our General Manager, and working closely with our Founder and Head Designer, you will be responsible for implementing procedures for the delivery of all milestones across the critical path and leading our Production team.

Your major responsibilities include:
Planning and execution of critical path clearly defining strategic timeline with deliverable deadlines to ensure that plans can be delivered on time and with profitable margins
Actionable planning for sustainability and execution for tangible results for accuracy across the range, volume, and raw material
Collaborating with the senior leadership team to devise plans on brand vision, sustainability, and changes in supply chain for effective and measurable deliverables
Trouble shooting and providing support to the team members to drive solution-based results in a fast-paced environment
Communicating with leaders of the business on WIP and Key Challenges which may affect timelines
Continuously sourcing new sustainable fabrics & trims
Conduct weekly Production meetings to ensure critical path is maintained and launch dates are met;
Collaborate with Designer on initial concepts and research;
Create monthly design briefs including sales budgets, best seller analysis, range plan;

About our Ideal Applicant...

  • Passion and commitment to Global Sustainability
  • Minimum 3 – 5 years’ experience in a similar role; experience as a Production Manager in the apparel industry
  • Up to date with industry leading software and technologies (e.g. InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and the Adobe Creative Suite);
  • Excellent knowledge and hands on experience in garment construction, fabrics, fit and samples reviews
  • Experience in management and mentoring of staff
  • A genuine awareness and interest in sustainability and sustainable production
  • In depth knowledge and experience in fabric testing, textile properties and quality assurance
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, with a proven aptitude for rapport building and working relationships
  • Experience in working collaboratively with a wide range of organisations and individuals
  • Strong organisational skills to adhere to critical path deadlines
  • Ability to work in a fast pace environment
  • Resilience, agility, and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Please submit your resume, cover letter and portfolio via the job ad on seek.

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A day in the life of the Production Manager at Arnhem:

8:30 am
Your day at Arnhem will start with a coffee in hand after your pre-work ocean dip. After a quick debrief with your production and design team, you will jump into your inbox to check the updates of our collections underway with Arnhem makers all around the world. As the Production Manager, you will demonstrate strong attention to detail and time management skills as you oversee at least eight annual collections at any one time.

9 am
After updating the critical path with any changes to collection timelines, you will sit with the head designer to look over the latest design forecasting and give direction on which trends to pursue for the upcoming season. By now, you have amassed 3-5 years experience in the industry and have a solid understanding of design commerciality. It's vital you stay on top of sell through reports and trend forecasts to make sure the products we create not only represent our values but remain relevant and desirable to our core customers. Together with the design team you will then review print strike offs, lab dips and fabric bitlooms received from suppliers to ensure our makers are executing the design vision of our founder and head designer.

11 am
Time for your weekly catch up with the Sustainability Co-ordinator. An integral part of your role will be to work closely with the Sustainability Co-ordinator to establish creative partnerships and ideas to ensure Arnhem is at the forefront of sustainability innovation. During this weekly catch up you will also review the progress of our makers from China, India and Australia to ensure all social compliance audits are up to date and all are meeting the needs of the design team. You then schedule a meeting with the Sustainability Coordinator, Marketing Manager and an industry contact later in the week to discuss an exciting new proposal (top secret sorry!)

1 pm
After lunch: fittings. Today the design team is fitting the pre-production samples for Winter 22. You will sit in to ensure any last-minute fit adjustments won’t affect bulk production or add any additional costs. You will display excellent knowledge of garment construction and textile properties as you work closely with the Garment Technician to review all trims and finishes to ensure the quality of the bulk production will meet our high standards.

3:30 pm
Your logistics agent calls with bad news, there is severe port congestion in Shanghai and your latest sea shipment looks like it may miss your drop-dead date in Brisbane. Lucky there is time to quickly get on We-Chat with your maker in Shanghai to arrange for a split shipment to go via sea and air. As in any job, there are things which can go wrong, and you’ll need to think on your feet to rectify these obstacles.

4:00 pm
India is online! Time for a quick zoom call with your lead Indian maker for your monthly catch up. This is a great opportunity to touch base and maintain a positive, close working relationship with our makers. The priority for this call is to relay a fabric quality control issue that was picked up by the Garment Technician after the launch of our latest organic cotton range. You will also ask for an update on the supply chain mapping project you are trialling with this maker – ensuring transparency at every tier of production from farm to factory is imperative to our sustainability mission at Arnhem.

4:30 pm
Your day ends by responding to a couple of emails that came in during the afternoon, and a glance over your calendar for tomorrow to schedule any meetings before racing out the door to squeeze a quick lighthouse walk in before the sun sets. / Optional edit: Smash a spiced rum at the Lord Byron Distillery.