Product Developer

Calabasas Hills California
Required Experience: 3 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 7 hours ago

Helmet House is the leading U.S. distributor of helmets and apparel in the Motorcycle and Powersports industry. Our Company was founded in 1969 and has its headquarters and a distribution center in Calabasas Hills, CA along with an eastern distribution point in Southaven, MS. For decades Helmet House has supplied Powersports Dealers across the U.S. with two of the world’s top helmet brands; SHOEI and HJC. Helmet House is also the manufacturer and distributor of Tour Master and Cortech motorcycle riding gear. With a market-leading sales team located across the country, along with the addition of new brands, Helmet House is on the move and plans to grow significantly over the next five years. If you’re passionate about action sports, are a top performer, and want to be on a winning team …… Helmet House is the right opportunity for you.

This position is responsible for managing all aspects of the product development, multi-stage execution and calendar milestones. The apparel developer will maintain the development and quality of apparel and accessories categories by serving as the liaison between the Merchandise & Design and factories. Key skills required to be successful in this position include the ability to create, maintain, and disseminate technical information, and the necessary documentation to meet deadlines and achieve quality manufacturing.

The Product Developer will work well with the Products team, have a positive attitude, be quality driven, and pay close attention to design details.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

⏵ Manage comprehensive product development milestones to ensure on-time delivery of a quality product that is ready to go-to-market.

⏵ Monitor and maintain the development of communication with vendors each day, style by style.

⏵ Partner with Design to fully understand complete design intent/briefs and interpret design comments in order to translate this understanding into comprehensive specs within technical documentation.

⏵ Creates the technical specifications and BOM’s for the products, publishes, and maintains all records, style files, and samples associated with the product

⏵ Leads early development process by working with design to establish concepts and aesthetic intentions through sampling for key edit and line presentation meetings. This includes sourcing new fabrics, trims etc. for each season.

⏵ Develop materials, hardware, and trims in accordance with corporate and product specific standards, color standards, and timeline goals

⏵ Manage print and color development from creation to final approval. Track strike-offs, lab dips, and all related approval needs.

⏵ Continually make sure that tech packages are complete and free from errors. Deliver tech packages to vendors precisely within the development calendar time frame.

⏵ Manage tracking, comments, and calendar related to all product phases (Protos, SMS).

⏵ Address styling & fit comments during development (in conjunction with Designers).

⏵ Partner with Design and Merchandise in achieving target costing and margin requirements.

⏵ Assist in costing negotiations to ensure targets are met along with product objectives.

⏵ Create and maintain a development tracker and ensure all calendar requirements are met.

⏵ Responsible for ensuring each product is 100% approved and production ready at specific deadlines.

⏵ Create and maintain WIP Reports and help with QC inspections

⏵ Help with meetings by preparing samples, reports and presentation needs when advised

⏵ Assist in shipping and tracking when needed

⏵ Assist Merchandise and Director of Products with other related duties or tasks as needed.

⏵ Provide technical product support to marketing, sales, and customer service

⏵ Coordinate and meet with end-users for product validation and development meetings

⏵ Manage fit (where applicable), field testing and evaluation of prototypes
Skills Required:

⏵ Minimum of 3+ years in product development/pre-production experience preferred.

⏵ Experience with Excel, Word, Outlook, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop

⏵ Must be organized, strong attention to detail and have the ability to multi-task in a fast paced, team environment

⏵ Strong problem-solving abilities, organizational and planning skills are required. Must be solution minded.

⏵ Excellent written and oral communication skills along with the ability to facilitate meetings are necessary.

⏵ Able to accurately generate technical documentation.

⏵ Ability to use discretion and independent judgment to meet objectives within set timelines.

⏵ Knowledge of apparel product development procedures and industry standards, manufacturing, sewing assembly, materials, and construction techniques.

⏵ Ability to work with a variety of teams.

⏵ Interest and participation in motorsports/motorcycling not necessary, but helpful.
Medical/Dental/Vision/Life, Supplemental Insurance Plans, Café 125 FSA, 401(k) Savings Plan with matching, Vacation/Sick Time off, Employee discounts, Awesome working environment!