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Sr. Manager, Footwear Technician


New York, NY, US

Since its launch in 1993 with a collection of six essential handbags, Kate Spade New York has always stood for optimistic femininity. Today, the brand is a global life and style house with handbags, ready-to-wear, jewelry, footwear, gifts, home décor and more. Polished ease, thoughtful details and a modern, sophisticated use of color—Kate Spade New York’s founding principles define a unique style synonymous with joy. 


Kate Spade New York is part of the Tapestry portfolio – a global house of brands powered by optimism, innovation, and inclusivity.


Title:    Senior Manager, Footwear Technical

Primary Purpose: 

The Senior Manager, Footwear Technical is responsible for supporting the operational strategy of all Tapestry Footwear product, alongside the Sr. Director, from proto-sample development through finished goods production and delivery.

The Senior Manager assist the product development and commercialization process working in close collaboration with Sr. Director and all of the internal and external cross functional partners from Design to Merchandising, Asia Teams, Materials, Quality, and Factory/Service provider partners to deliver the collection. 

The successful individual will leverage their proficiency to... 

  1. Product Development


  • Maintain a constant flow of communication between NY PD, cross functional partners from Design to Merchandising and Asia PD.
  • Assist reviewing prototypes/samples taking comments in preparation for development meetings. 
  • Knowledge of sample fit and line corrections to support design team. 
  • Organize comments files in share drive Egnyte 
  • Comprehend PDT calendar and milestone dates.
  • Follow up samples shipping and tracking.
  • Manage wear test program charts and samples distribution.
  • Assist with samples comments and forms before communicating over to PD/commercialization in Asia.


Relationship and Information Management:


  • Maintain daily communications with the CIL PD and Commercialization partners.
  • Participate on CTR meetings with Asia team to review Commercialization status.
  • Follow up Commercialization to maintain Fit Samples and Wear Test schedule on time 
  • Monitor all necessary Wear Test reports in the system on a timely basis.


The accomplished individual will possess...


  • 10+ years’ experience in footwear development. Preferably in luxury fashion shoes.
  • Fundamental technical knowledge of fit, patterns, lasts, materials and footwear constructions. 
  • Product eye and ability to recognize design information into prototypes.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Basic footwear costing. 
  • Ability to multitask and strong sense of teamwork. 
  • Strong communication skills in written and oral English.

Self-motivated, able to work under pressure and sense of urgency. 

Our Competencies for All Employees

  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
  • Perseverance: Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.

Our Competencies for All People Managers

  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in their team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
  • Managerial Courage: Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.


Kate Spade is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant's or employee's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under the consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. #LI-AS1 Visit Kate Spade at


Req ID:  89117

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