Product Developer, Outwear Lifestyle
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A Product Developer at The North Face is responsible for driving the development, engineering, fit execution and specifications for innovative, technologically advanced products of the highest level and with a consumer focus.
We build products that are coveted and trusted by our customers in a fun, fast paced environment. We are passionate, precise, team oriented engineers with a love of the outdoors and a commitment to sustainability.
Manages the development process of company product lines as assigned from 1st proto through to production-ready styles and hand-off to VF sourcing.
Plans and tracks the development schedule of all products to ensure a timely completion following the predetermined product development calendar.
Ensures both the technical superiority and the product quality/integrity of all products falling under their responsibilities.
Develops products, recommends materials, and construction techniques that meet Design expectations and meet or exceed predetermined gross margin targets.
Ensures execution of fit strategy, in collaboration with design, and ensures fit consistency throughout all product and product categories by way of clear analysis, documentation, communication, adherence to fit standards, and use of block patterns.
Develops BOMs in support of tech pack creation.
Evaluates all samples (fit, SMS, pre-production) for correct technical specifications and are within tolerance.
Estimating pre-costs and drive costing process in conjunction with VF sourcing.
Creates the specifications for the products, publishes, and maintains all records, style files, and samples associated with the product and related programs.
Partners with Product and Material Sourcing and manufacturers to develop new materials, construction techniques, processes, and samples used to create innovative and technically superior products each season.
Interacts with Product Director, Product Manager, Design, Marketing, Sales, and Quality Assurance to distribute product technical details and assure the accuracy, legality, and integrity of all product performance claims.
Performs these and other duties as assigned.
SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
7+ years of experience in Technical Design/Product Development in a medium or large size company, preferably in the outdoor industry.
Educational/Position Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering, or Manufacturing, or Degree or Certification in apparel design, construction, and/or patternmaking, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Able to lead a fitting or meeting with optional supervision.
Able to independently manage product of moderate to high complexity.
Demonstrates a solid knowledge of fit, patternmaking, and construction expertise, and knowledge of manufacturing processes.
Demonstrates a solid knowledge of product category, product materials, and product development lifecycle.
Demonstrates great interpersonal skills, including the ability to create trust with cross functional teams.
Participates in special projects, process or calendar optimization with supervision.
Able to resolve conflict with coaching.
Able to proactively troubleshoot and proposes solutions to problems with moderate complexity.
Demonstrates clear and accurate verbal and written communication.
Participates in goal setting. Drives results to achieve goals.
Demonstrates strong organizational skills.
Demonstrates proficient computer skills in MS Office software, Adobe Illustrator, and Specification Management programs. Knowledge of patternmaking systems a plus.
Deadline driven with a track record for delivering great results on time.
Some overseas travel required: 5%