Product Development Technical Lead

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Job Description
Who We Are: 

Since 1906, New Balance has empowered people through sport and craftsmanship to create positive change in communities around the world. We innovate fearlessly, guided by our core values and driven by the belief that conventions were meant to be challenged. We foster a culture in which every associate feels welcomed and respected, where leaders and creatives are inspired to shape the world of tomorrow by taking bold action today. At New Balance, We Got Now.


Overall responsibility for TOTAL, performance, functionality, and cost for their specific projects.  Effectively uses Project Management tools to drive execution and on time deliverables to meet seasonal deadlines.  Interprets the Product Brief requirements and provides technical direction to ensure the products technically meet or beat the competition in areas that are important to our athletes and the consumer utilizing Development Plans, DFMEA’s and other Product Validation tools.  Responsible to advance the technical expertise of a consumer segment or technical component.  Is regularly sought after for technical advice and guidance from the triad and extended teams.  Decision maker on upper construction and new sole development and advises teams on how to meet all performance requirements, DfX goals and on time execution of finished product.  Is the bridge between Innovation and In-Line teams for new upper constructions, new sole development, and processes.  Stays current on industry developments/technologies, innovations in the field and competitors.  In partnership with Category Management, incorporates knowledge of NB global business, the competition, costing, and manufacturability in planning and developing high impact, market-right products, lines, and categories


•     Overall responsibility for the assigned category of product development activities through production.  •     Manages projects from initiation through Buy Ready and follows through successful retail launch. •     Participates in the planning and execution of 3D CAD engineering activities to meet commercialization and production timelines.  •     Maintain and provide a clear form of documentation and communication with team members, including team leaders and upper management, to keep the product teams informed, focused, and all working towards the same project objectives, to help assist the transfer of design solutions from concept through final product within the USA team, Asia team, suppliers, and NB factory base.  •     Ability to build and execute a product validation plan for tier 1 and tier 2 projects.  •     Works closely with the NB FIT/WEAR Team to ensure consistent Performance Fit and that each style meets wear test standards throughout the development process.  •     Evaluates technical solutions and ensures that decisions balance costing, profitability, manufacturability, design, market factors and on time delivery.  •     Understands molding and associated costs ie. When to use, how to use, correct use of all specified materials for uppers, midsoles, and knowing the impact of molds.  •     Displays a high-level knowledge of the industry, shoe making, sourcing, costing, and manufacturability.  Demonstrates the ability to utilize a variety of problem-solving tools. (Creative Problem Solving, Six Sigma).   REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS:•     Bachelor’s degree, Engineering degree a plus•     Minimum of 10 years development experience; 8 years footwear; proven engineering expertise. Strong problem-solving skills (Lean Six Sigma, Creative Problem Solving, PMP)•     Strong Project Management skills•     Creative and strategic problem-solving skills required.•     Strong understanding of wear test data, technical drawings, molding and production processes, materials, and patterns.•     Knowledge of the footwear industry, costing, manufacturing, shoe making, and sourcing•     Excellent communication, negotiation, and presentation skills.•     Some Asia travel is required.

Regular Associate Benefits: 

Our products are only as good as the people we hire, so we make sure to hire the best and treat them accordingly. New Balance offers a comprehensive traditional benefits package including three options for medical insurance as well as dental, vision, life insurance and 401K. We also proudly offer a slate of more nontraditional perks – opportunities like online learning and development courses, tuition reimbursement, $100 monthly student loan support and various mentorship programs – that encourage our associates to grow personally as they develop professionally. You’ll also enjoy a yearly $1,000 lifestyle reimbursement, 4 weeks of vacations, 12 holidays and generous parental leave, because work-life balance is more than just a buzzword – it’s part of our culture.

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Temporary associate benefits will be communicated separately. 


Flexible Work Schedule: 

New Balance is committed to creating a culture that allows our associates to do their best work. Our corporate work-from-home policy does not mandate an arbitrary number of days in-office. Instead, we’ve designed a flexible hybrid model that empowers individual teams by letting the type of work dictate where it will most effectively be performed. We are capitalizing on this unique opportunity to evolve how we work based on efficiency, productivity, and the well-being of our associates.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

New Balance provides equal opportunities for all current and prospective associates and takes affirmative action to ensure that employment, training, compensation, transfer, promotion and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment are provided without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, handicap, genetic information and/or status as an Armed Forces service medal veteran, recently separated veteran, qualified disabled veteran or other protected veteran.