Director, Product Development Non-Apparel and Hardlines

Hot Topic HQ - City of Industry, California - Full-time


At Hot Topic, we’re passionate about creativity and high performance. We're also passionate about Pop case you hadn't noticed. We’re on the hunt for a Director of Production and Product Development to drive the design, development & production of pop culture inspired Non-Apparel & Hardlines product within the Hot Topic Inc brands. Categories include hand bags/home goods/head & hand/jewelry and more non- apparel items. It takes a village, and you will be the person bringing it all together. The result: amazing product that our customers love.  

You’ll be responsible for working closely with key cross-functional teams including merchandising/licensing teams and apparel team counterparts while leading and building a team from concept to commercialization of the product in alignment with goals for all Hot Topic Brands.


  • Responsible for executing to strategic initiative for non-apparel/hardline categories
  • Guide the design & creative process to ensure that product meets HT Inc customer needs while meeting licensor requirements
  • Oversee sampling process-preproduction, trims, photo samples and top of production, focusing on COGs, Quality and On Time Delivery
  • Manage the product lifecycle process/calendar for non-apparel/hardlines categories
  • Maintain a clear understanding of Licensing requirements based on contractual requirements by the Licensors and produce accordingly
  • Monitor and take action on pre-season and in-season challenges in partnership with cross-functional teams; Strategize with Merchants on exceptions management issues (late deliveries, quality issues or revised costs)
  • Develop strong vendor matrix and risk management strategies as they arise, develop vendor scorecard and maintenance 
  • Implement strategies according to plans, monitor progress and make the necessary adjustments to achieve objectives
  • Set, align and communicate departmental goals, convey positive and realistic expectations to the team
  • Analyze business management reports and make recommendations to help drive business results
  • Lead and coach staff to help meet functional and financial goals, monitor employee performance, provide feedback and develop team through formal and on-the-job training


  • 7-10 years in product development in vertical retail and ecomm companies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Geek knowledge a plus!
  • Extensive background in CPG
  • Understanding of design and manufacturing of non-apparel/hardlines categories (International factories)
  • Expert influencing & negotiating skills