Product Developer, Outerwear and Insulation

Patagonia, Inc.

Multiple Locations

0 year(s)
Job Description
Role: Product Developer, Outerwear and Insulation
Reports to: Manager of Product Development
Years of Experience: 6+
Location: Ventura, CA
COVID-19 Vaccinations: Patagonia requires all employees to demonstrate proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of their employment.

The Product Developer for Outerwear and Insulation at Patagonia will manage and drive the creation process by transforming a designer’s sketch or two-dimensional rendering into a commercially viable product. You will guide the cross functional team in idea generation, material selection, construction, material sourcing and product testing. You will be responsible for managing communication directly with factories to create prototypes, test new concepts and refine the product’s construction and fit over multiple rounds of prototypes. You will work closely with factories and in-house partners to review and finalize development costs.

The position requires extensive knowledge of apparel construction, product end-use, fit, and costing. Throughout each season you will support your various product categories and report all necessary performance metrics to the management team. You will be held accountable to the corporate calendar, as well as to the company’s financial goals. You are a team player, a master collaborator, a problem solver, and will work closely with a variety of cross-functional partners.

What You’ll Do
Responsible for execution of technical fit, instructing manufacturers on necessary changes in order to execute ideal fit for the end use.
Partner with Production team and team leader to determine the sourcing strategy for the season.
Lead the cross functional team to stay on calendar for various projects including attention to costing, quality evaluations, testing and prototype approvals.
Direct the development process in order to achieve commercial viability of designs through collaboration with Fabric Sourcing, Design, Trim Development, Purchasing, Costing and Quality departments.
Manage field and lab testing of products in collaboration with Quality and Field Testing.
Produce and maintain accurate product specifications
Develop and maintain accurate bill of materials for each style in order to support accurate raw material purchasing.
Manage timeline expectations in order to ensure each prototype and sales sample are delivered in a timely manner.
Coordinate all factory communication for the development of prototypes
Establish any necessary off-calendar timelines in order to properly vet out new products or materials.
Collaborate with factories and internal partners in order to achieve ‘state of the art’ opportunities for product innovation.
Ensure company standards for quality, function and reducing environmental impacts are met.
Treat all cross functional partners with respect.

Who You Are
Environmentalist - Deeply passionate and committed to saving our home planet 
Experienced - Ability to identify materials and construction technology that supports the designer’s vision and product requirements
Resilient - Able to manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and give and receive feedback.
Adaptable - Ability to interpret design intent and offer alternative solutions.
Influential - Ability to be a technical resource to others and a top-notch communicator.
Innovative - Proven skills at problem-solving and product innovation.
Meticulous - Extreme attention to detail and ready to take on hard problems and see them through to the finish line.

Experience You Bring
6+ years’ experience in product development.
Degree in a related field (Product Development, Apparel / Textile Design, Technology, Merchandising, Engineering)
Knowledge of apparel construction, material construction and properties, pattern making, costing, etc.
Proven performance history with domestic and offshore vendors and manufacturers.
Excellent understanding of the design, development and merchandising process from inception through to production.
Comprehensive understanding of technical fit, and ability to fit both on model and on dress form as well as the ability to instruct a manufacturer on necessary changes to a pattern to influence the fit.
Understanding of product costing and ability to offer appropriate solutions to help meet category margin goals.
Ability to manage product specifications.
Working knowledge of personal computers with experience in such programs as Adobe Illustrator, Excel and Microsoft office.

Employee Conduct
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

Patagonia requires all employees who enter a Patagonia owned or operated facility or who physically interact with others as part of their job duties to demonstrate proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of their employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.