Kathmandu is a leading travel and adventure clothing and equipment retailer, inspiring adventure in everyone. A true Australasian retail success story, Kathmandu has a proven growth strategy in Australia and New Zealand, with further opportunity to grow internationally.
We are looking for an Experienced Packs and Bags Product Developer who has mastered the art of critical thinking and goal setting to take on the role of Product Developer for our equipment range based at our Head Office in the city centre of Christchurch.
At Kathmandu, the Product Developer works closely between Product Management, Design, and Sourcing in order to commercialise new products with our vendors. You will develop products which meet or exceed predetermined targets such as cost and quality. If you love the outdoors and are passionate about making great product then Kathmandu is the place for you.
Reporting to the Senior Equipment Product Developer, you will be responsible for:
⏵ Managing the commercialisation Kathmandu’s range of Equipment with a key focus on Packs and Bags, to cost and quality on time.
⏵ Project Planning and actively tracking the development schedule of products to ensure timely completion to seasonal calendar
⏵ Ensuring technical superiority and product quality/integrity of all products under their responsibility
⏵ Management of Technical Specifications from handover to production by consultation with design and materials on fabrications and construction methods throughout the design and development phase
⏵ Implementation of general and market specific compliance onto products in accordance with Kathmandu Compliance standards
⏵ Assessing product risk and executing associated risk mitigation plans including development of testing plans ensuring fit for purpose
This is not a job; it’s a career opportunity for a candidate who will thrive in a fun, fast paced but professional environment. You will;
⏵ Have a qualification in Product Development, Industrial Design or Technical Design OR 5+ years of related industry experience specific to the outdoor category
⏵ Must have a high level of knowledge and expertise around fabrications, welding, moulding, sewn construction, print and embroidery
⏵ Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of pack fitting, pattern making and construction expertise
⏵ Have experience working with offshore vendors
⏵ Must have a high level of knowledge of interpreting design details and manufacturing processes
The right personal attributes that align with Kathmandu’s friendly and open culture and values is paramount; we are our Brand, and have affinity for travel and adventure lifestyle pursuits, we want you to understand our passion too.
If you are looking for a role with a forward thinking, innovative company where you can have a real impact on direction, this is the role for you. Kathmandu offers a competitive remuneration package commensurate with level of experience, fantastic staff discounts, and a relaxed and friendly team environment.