Careers

Founded in 1986 Watters products are sold in over 400 retail stores across North America & Internationally. We cater to fashionable, creative, educated brides between the ages of 20-35.

We are dedicated to exceeding her expectations with designs that are fresh and unexpected. Our mission is to provide our retailers & consumers with innovative designs to be worn for her wedding and special occasions. 

We are always on the lookout for talented people to support our growth. We post open positions and accept applications on LinkedIn. You are welcome to email a resume to jobs@watters.com at any time.

Internships at our Dallas headquarters are offered to current college students every semester in the areas of Marketing/Communications and Design/Production. Interns are paid unless prohibited by their schools.

 

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT MANAGER

Your role:  Provide two integrated process solutions. Manage the Creative Design and Development processes with the task and stakeholders. Map out the development task processes cycle using a Project management application to ascertain on-time completion.

Summary: This role manages the internal team and suppliers involved in bringing new products to market. Managing the entire design creative development process from conceptualization to production. Must be deadline and result-oriented.

Measure: Use PLM and in-house project management software to measure and manage the design cycle and provide daily and weekly reporting to forecast our ability to meet deadlines.

  • Weekly reporting to management on possible late tasks based on your Project Gannt flow charts 
  • Schedule Zoom/Teams meeting or phone call contact with offshore factories to discuss and resolve issues, to make sure the deadlines are met.
  • Hold post-mortem meetings to review all previous season KPIs and address issues in a solution-oriented manner.

Manage: You are the sole design, development and Project manager for the product lifecycle. You are responsible for setting interim deadlines to meet final launch deadlines. 

  • Develop timelines for all new creative developments to be on time for product launches.
  • Ensure the team and suppliers are on track to meet launch deadlines.
  • Manage expectations with regards to SKU count and late additions.
  • Manage costs associated with development.
  • Schedule and lead milestone meetings.
  • Lead weekly meetings with key Stakeholders.
  • Work with editors to incorporate feedback while still meeting launch deadlines.
  • Assist in prioritizing in-house sewing team’s workload

Continuous Improvement: Watters is devoted to reducing new product development cycle times. 

  • Use in-house project management software to make faster decisions.
  • Create processes and protocols around more effective collaboration with the internal team and with our suppliers.
  • Reduce times for sample to production approvals
  • Solve problems with solutions that scale.
  • Create processes and protocols that can scale.

Requirements

  1. Minimum 5 years experience in technical design with full expert knowledge of dress garment construction.
  2. Bachelor’s degree in Product Development, Design, Fashion Merchandising, Marketing, or Apparel and Textiles a plus.
  3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  4. Anticipates needs and plans accordingly.
  5. Proficiency in Flex PLM, MS software (Project, Word, Excel/SharePoint, PowerPoint and Outlook), Google Suite (Sheets, Slides, Docs) other standard office equipment for recording, storing, analyzing, retrieving, and presenting information.

Must have previously used project management method to manage deve

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM AND EUROPEAN WHOLESALE SALES MANAGER

We are seeking an experienced Sales Wholesale Manager to join our UK and European sales team.  This role will focus on expanding our market presence in the UK and Europe, driving wholesale strategy and managing key accounts.  The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in luxury sales. Our UK Office is located outside of Birmingham in Bromsgrove.  This position could be remote if the candidate lives in the United Kingdom.

Strategy and Analysis

  • Prepare reports on sales, styles, market trends, KPIs, and account performance.
  • Identify key geographical areas for expansion.
  • Analyze existing retailer productivity and identify areas for improvement, corrective actions, and opportunities for growth. 
  • Develop pre-season forecasts and objectives.

Sales and Business Development

  • Build and manage strategic long-term relationships with wholesale partners including boutiques and department stores understanding their business model to maximize sales.
  • Hold business meetings with key accounts providing them with actionable feedback to improve sales.
  • Identify and evaluate new market opportunities.
  • Meet prospective retailers.
  • Represent brand at international trade shows.
  • Schedule regular store visits to meet key accounts in person.
  • Create and deliver engaging seasonal brand and collection training to wholesale accounts.

Internal Collaboration

  • Prepare reports for management.
  • Extensive coordination cross-functionally with Support, Sales, and Marketing.
  • Provide written feedback and action plans regarding styles and accounts to improve performance. 

Requirements

  • Must have a MINIMUM of 5-7 years’ luxury sales experience.  Candidates that apply with less than 5 years’ experience will be rejected.
  • Previous wholesale account management experience.
  • Flexibility to travel.
  • Significant experience with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Salesforce experience a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Knowledge of European foreign languages a plus: German French, Spanish, Italian, etc. 

 

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@watters.com. 

 

 

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT MANAGER

Objective

Manage the design and development processes to accomplish new product launch deadlines.

Summary

This role manages the internal team and suppliers involved in bringing new products to market.  Managing the entire design creative development process from conceptualization to production.  Must be deadline and result-oriented.

Measure

Use PLM and in-house project management software to measure and manage the design cycle and provide daily and weekly reporting to forecast our ability to meet deadlines.

  • Report issues with possible late/late tasks to the executive team. Setting up Zoom/Teams meetings or phone call contact with offshore factories to discuss and resolve issues, to make sure the deadlines are met.
  • Hold post-mortem meetings to review all previous season KPIs and address issues in a solution-oriented manner.

Manage

You are the sole design, development, and lifecycle manager.  You are responsible for setting interim deadlines to meet final launch deadlines. 

  • Ensure the team and suppliers are on track to meet launch deadlines.
  • Manage expectations with regard to SKU count and late additions.
  • Manage costs associated with development.
  • Schedule and lead milestone meetings.
  • Lead weekly meetings with key Stakeholders.
  • Work with editors to incorporate feedback while still meeting launch deadlines.
  • Assist in prioritizing in-house sewing team’s workload.

Continuous Improvement: 

Watters is devoted to reducing new product development cycle times. 

  • Use in-house project management software to make faster decisions.
  • Create processes and protocols around more effective collaboration with the internal team and with our suppliers.
  • Reduce times for sample to production approvals
  • Solve problems with solutions that scale.
  • Create processes and protocols that can scale.

Requirements

  1. Minimum 5 years experience in technical design with full understanding of dress garment construction
  2. Bachelor’s degree in ProductDevelopment, Design, Fashion Merchandising, Marketing, or Apparels and Textiles
  3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  4. Anticipates needs and plans accordingly.
  5. Proficiency in Flex PLM, Illustrator, and MS software (Project, Word, Excel/SharePoint, PowerPoint, and Outlook), Google Suite (Sheets, Slides, Docs) other standard office equipment for recording, storing, analyzing, retrieving, and presenting information.

 

 

SENIOR MERCHANDISING/MANAGER PLANNER

Reports to: EVP of Sales and Brand Director

Overview: To maximize sales by developing sound merchandise plans that support Company goals for sales ROI and margin expectations.

Responsibilities:

  • OTB Management – as it related to DTC product and Wholesale sample inventory
  • Sales/Markdowns/Receipts/IMU/Gross Margin Forecasting based on current sales trends and planning
  • Attribute Planning
  • Summarize weekly, monthly, and quarterly performance vs plan at brand & attribute levels
  • Style Count & Productivity Analysis
  • Establish & maintain style count plans by brand & channel type
  • Support buying & production teams with system and views needed
  • Seasonal hindsight analysis to help support design plans and future OTB
  • Support design/buying with attributes, sizing, and price point analysis to help build new assortment
  • Investment Review financial recaps
  • Markdown & Promo forecasting, management & execution

Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience in Merchandising/Planning
  • Some experience in buying or store management is a plus

Job Skills

  • Expert in command of retail math concepts and applications
  • Strong statistical and analysis skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, prioritizing, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work well within a team environment
  • Technical proficiency with Microsoft Suite Products, Excel/Sharepoint/Word

Education:

Bachelors in Finance or Business related degree preferred. A formal education and subsequent undergraduate/graduate degree are nice to have, but we are really interested in our total experience and professional accomplishments.

What we expect you already know:

  • Revenue, Margin, Profit against Financial Plans
  • Leadership skills – ability to motivate, manage, and direct merchant teams.
  • Decision Making – assess data & situations making timely and appropriate decisions that are in the company’s best interest.
  • Problem Solving – dive into current business practices and find opportunities for change and improvement.
  • Strong Communication Skills – share information and give direction effectively and persuasively both verbal and written. 
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Accepts and embraces accountability and responsibility.

 

Location: Dallas Texas

 

 

SUPPLY CHAIN COORDINATOR

Own new season product by helping execute style changes and additions: late style additions, new style variations, pricing, etc., and oversee communication on new season samples.  Help with new product setup.  Work cross-functionally to ensure data is accurate.

  1. Operational subject matter expert for all products and product changes for new season.
  2. Responsible for calculating pricing with preset formulas.
  3. Communicates operational plans and updates to domestic and international teams.
  4. Involved with continuous improvement by updating SOPs and working with IT.

Operations

  • Populate domestic and international pricing spreadsheets and upload prices to Internal Software interface.
  • Create commercial invoice and packing list that is handed off to warehouses for exports. 
  • Follow up with international countries on changes to samples if shipped to a country prior to design making the change/update. 
  • Oversee weekly Canadian commercial invoice process. 
  • Investigate and troubleshoot technical issues regarding product, pricing, or returns.
  • Track and escalate delayed shipments and missing boxes with FedEx, Mission Freight, DHL, and UPS. 

Fabric library

  • Collect and review FDS of  new fabric and trims to ensure all relevant information is listed. 
  • Create Part numbers for new fabrics and Trims.
  • Add all new part numbers and fabric information to PLM and admin system so visible for team. 
  • Create standard files for new fabrics and trims each season. 
  • Approve running fabrics and file fabrics/color lab dips for new season and running production. 
  • Manage and execute requests to add fabric to B2B.

Data production information

  • BOM/Add new colors, fabrics, and hex codes each season.
  • Add new product each season using trim details for all brands onto admin site.
  • Updates any changes to product sent by design after initial set up for admin site. 
  • Monitor, analyze, and update teams with tracking of samples for new season.   
  • Keep all international offices up to date with new season samples shipping.
  • Oversee updates for product guides and order forms with Marketing.
  • Act as a liaison between technology teams and business units to ensure seamless integration and implementation of technology solutions.
  • Work cross-functionally to ensure all B2B and B2C information is correct.
  • Oversee and order swatches. 
  • Review commercial invoices to ensure the HTS are correct for all countries, starting with the US.

Requirements

  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Strong Excel skills.  Must know how to do Index, Vlookup, Pivot tables, and If statements. 

Applications without the above Excel skills will not be considered.

 

 

ASSOCIATE TECHNICAL DESIGNER

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Generate, update, and complete the spec packages from development through final approval.
  • Review specs from top to bottom and ensure correct proportions on garment.
  • Responsible for capturing the team’s feedback, taking notes during fittings, and supporting the execution of the fit comments accordingly.
  • Provide fit comments and call out any construction/workmanship issues to be addressed.
  • Manage fit tracking process.
  • Follows up on emails from overseas factories regarding comments on fit and samples.
  • Adheres to a cross-functional calendar.
  • Ensures that seasonal deadlines are met for assigned areas.
  • Attends department meetings
  • Organize and track samples throughout the department.
  • Support multiple product categories from 1st proto to production garment.
  • Manage and schedule the Sewing Workroom
  • Track International market samples

 

Secondary Functions:

  • Assist design rooms during photo shoot season with finishing/hand work when not actively involved in primary duties.
  • Organizing and coordinating the process of the specials. Manage private client workload and time schedule.

 

Disclaimer: The job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not

an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.

The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder might differ from those outlined

here, and other duties, as assigned, might be part of the job.

 

 

BRIDAL SEAMSTRESS

We are looking for a skilled Industrial Sewing Machine Operator to sew sample garments and alter garments. You’ll ensure the interminable and efficient running of production. A great machine operator is reliable and able to work with attention to detail and safety standards. On-the-job training is a good way to discover how to do the job better, so you should have willingness to learn and improve. Being a team player is essential since all tasks will require close collaboration with co-workers. The goal will be to ensure that production procedures will be carried on smoothly to maximize efficiency and profits.

Responsibilities

  • Set up machines (calibration, cleaning etc.) to start a production cycle
  • Control and adjust machine settings (e.g. speed)
  • Feed raw material or parts to semi-automated machines
  • Inspect parts with precision and measuring tools
  • Test operation of machines periodically
  • Fix issues that might occur during the shift
  • Check output to spot any machine-related mistakes or flaws
  • Maintain activity logs


Skills

  • Proven experience as a industrial sewing machine operator
  • Working knowledge of diverse high-speed machinery and measurement tools.
  • Understanding of production procedures
  • Adherence to safety regulations
  • Ability to read patterns and understand sewing instructions.
  • Attention to detail
  • Teamwork and communication skills
  • Physical stamina and strength
  • High school diploma or equivalent; technical degree is a plus

 

 

 

 

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