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Production Manager, Plush (Soft Lines)

What Do You Meme

233 Spring Street, New York, NY, USA

Job Type:

Full Time

About the Role

Founded in 2016 in New York City, What Do You Meme?® is a consumer product company driven by the digital age and inspired by pop culture. The products we make are designed to create joy; either by bringing internet-style, shareable humor from your phone into your life, or bringing competitive fun to you wherever you are. Beginning with our original breakout hit and #1 Best-Seller What Do You Meme?®, our collection has grown! It now includes a wide array of adult party games as well as family-friendly games, kids games, outdoor games, plush and more. We continue to innovate on products that bring people of all generations together.

Position Summary:

The Production Manager is integral to the Sourcing and Production Team. You will work closely with the Brand and Product Development Team to facilitate the Bill of Materials/Brand idea into the finished goods. This position is the point person between Brand/Product Development and the factories and will work daily to complete the item. You are the key driver of cost negotiations to meet the margin requirements and the product specs. You will guide the factory through the production process, from the Bill of Materials to Final Production Sample and QC Inspections.



Extensive Knowledge in Soft Goods, preferably in plush (toy), apparel, bags, bedding, etc.
Own the entire production lifecycle from sample development during ideation to delivery of finished goods for approved initiatives.
Collaborate with the brand team to drive a better product development process by sharing insights from a manufacturing perspective to achieve scale and cost efficiency.
Interact with Brand and Design to fully execute production and communicate concepts to factories. Participate in early-stage development, providing category knowledge to initial preliminary costing and factory design feedback.
Manage all day-to-day communications with the plants (APAC region) – game concept, product specs, and BOM, and work through the development of the initial sample phase to TOP samples delivery
Own problem-solving during the production process with the goal on meeting cost and delivery timelines
Own the detailed production timeline and track task closure against the plan. Escalate to team leader on any risk to meet retailer shelf deadlines.
Lead all Costing negotiations for relevant lines and materials to meet/improve margin requirements. Extensive Cost Negotiations with Factories.
Factory (APAC) travel (yearly) to gain manufacturing experience and source new suppliers.

PO to Delivery:

PO placement and execution of timely delivery for the category
Ownership of all final packaging markings for accuracy of UPC/SKU/COO
Tracking production timeline and ensuring NetSuite is updated to reflect accurate dates
Manage QA/QC process by collaborating with external agencies for material testing, inline inspections, and final production QC


This Could Be You If:

Bachelor’s Degree in Production/Sourcing/Supply Chain

5+ Years of production experience in Soft goods (Plush toys)

Well-versed with manufacturing techniques for soft lines

Past Overseas Factory Travel

Proficiency in Excel, NetSuite ERP Systems

Experience with Project management software; is a plus

Mandarin Speaking is a plus

The salary range for this role is $80,000.00- $90,000.00 annually, plus eligible for an annual bonus based on performance; bonus prorated from the start date. This is the lowest to highest salary we in good faith, believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting. An employee’s pay position within the wage range will be based on several factors, including, but limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, seniority, geographic location, performance, sales or revenue-based metrics, and business or organizational needs. This compensation range may also be modified in the future.


Market-competitive compensation

Annual Bonus

401k with match

Continuous Learning & Development – Curated learning paths

DEAL – Drop Everything & Learn – Scheduled Dedicated Learning Hours

Benefits – 100% employer-paid benefit plan options, free dental and vision.

FSA / HSA plan options

Rich PTO plan, inclusive of company holidays, vacation time, sick time

Volunteer Time Off (VTO) – WDYM prioritizes corporate responsibility and encourages our team members to volunteer and support initiatives they are passionate about.

Charity Match Program

Parental Leave Program

Health & Wellness Program – Classpass

Summer Fridays – Memorial Day – Labor Day

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the Team member(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of individuals in this position. Position Descriptions may be subject to change as the needs of the organization change.

As an EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, What Do You Meme does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of their race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, marital status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, or on any other basis prohibited by law. Furthermore, What Do You Meme will not discriminate against any applicant or employee because they are disabled, a disabled veteran, or a veteran of the Vietnam era, provided they are qualified and meets the requirements established by What Do You Meme for the job.

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