Apparel Developer II Department: Product Development Location: Louisville, CO (HQ) Introduction to careers at PEARL iZUMi: At PEARL iZUMi, we all play an integral role in our mission to “Unlock the Power of Inspiration and Impact” in a supportive, fast-paced and productive work environment. This is why we exist, and all team members contribute in tangible and sometimes profound ways. If you see value in “unlocking” this potential, then PEARL iZUMi could be the place for you. We are looking for passionate like-minded people who are fueled by an innate desire to work in an environment focused on team success. Whether your role is to create, to sell, or to support, careers at PEARL iZUMi give you an opportunity to make a difference. We are also laser-focused on finding the right people who share our core values – Trust, Craft, Empathy, Impact, and Plus 1. Check out our website to see how PEARL iZUMi defines and captures these critical internal values. To be clear, we evaluate all candidates on their demonstrated commitment to these values. Overview of role: At PEARL iZUMi, we create performance apparel and footwear to enhance athletic experience through intelligent design and flawless function. We strive to craft and deliver the best fitting, feeling and functioning run, ride, tri performance products in the market. The primary responsibilities of the Apparel Developer are to lead the development, engineering and specifications processes to produce innovative and quality products. S/He leads the commercialization process for assigned products. The Developer collaborates on the strategic vision for their products, develops appropriate stage-gates for performance expectations and delivers predetermined gross margin targets. S/He will work closely with the Product Line Management, Sourcing, and Materials team to define and lead the innovation process. S/He will partner with our manufacturers on both short and long-term product objectives. S/He leads product evaluations for fit, construction and cost and will partner closely with our wear testing team to continually enhance intelligent design and flawless function. Job Qualifications:
⏵ Bachelor’s Degree in apparel product development/design, fashion design, textiles or related field.
⏵ 3-7+ years of related experience.
⏵ 5+ years’ experience in Technical Design/Product Development.
⏵ Able to independently manage product of high complexity.
⏵ Demonstrates excellent knowledge of fit, pattern making, construction expertise, and knowledge of manufacturing processes.
⏵ Demonstrates excellent knowledge of product category, product materials, and product development life cycle.
⏵ Able to mentor peers in apparel development.
⏵ Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills. Able to facilitate fittings and meetings with minimal supervision.
⏵ Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to create trust with cross functional teams.
⏵ Leads issue resolution autonomously providing solutions and creating collaboration.
⏵ Leads special projects, process, or calendar optimization.
⏵ Able to proactively troubleshoot and solve complex problems.
⏵ Demonstrates excellent organization skills.
⏵ Demonstrates excellent costing skills and manages negotiations with the factory through detailed analysis of cost breakdowns with minimal supervision.
⏵ Participates in goal setting. Drives results to achieve goals.
⏵ Demonstrates proficiency in MS office software, Adobe Illustrator, and product line management systems.
⏵ Travel Required. Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
⏵ Plans and tracks the development schedule of assigned products to ensure a timely completion following the predetermined product development calendar.
⏵ Develops products, recommends materials, and construction techniques that meet Design expectations and meet or exceed predetermined gross margin targets.
⏵ Translate design vision and consumer needs into assigned products.
⏵ Resolve potential concerns regarding construction, material, fit and wear or cost prior to design tech package hand-off.
⏵ Ensure that all materials, processes, prototypes and development samples are fully tested to ensure adherence to PEARL iZUMi quality standards.
⏵ Work with sample sewers and pattern makers for in-house prototyping.
⏵ Review prototypes for quality, execution, and fit. Provide clear and concise communication to relevant partners including overseas partners. Modify technical illustrations in Adobe Illustrator as necessary.
⏵ Ensures execution of fit intent and fit consistency through clear analysis, documentation, communication, adherence to fit standards, and use of block patterns.
⏵ Creates the specifications for the products, publishes, and maintains all records, style files, and samples associated with the product. Maintain PLM system data and information at all times for calendar and reporting purposes.
⏵ 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.
⏵ Establish and maintain strong working relationships with Product Line Managers, Designers, Materials Development, Sourcing, Quality Assurance, Prototyping/Wear-testing and Supply Chain Management in order to ensure performance. Manage exception reporting to off-calendar or quality concerns pro-actively.
⏵ Demonstrates commitment to supporting company goals regarding environmental and social responsibility. NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualification associated with the job. The successful candidate will be expected to perform all functions from administrative processing to leading change initiatives.