Reports to Product Development Mgr Sorel. Maintain close interaction and cooperation with HQ Sorel developers, and LO FW functions from Asia and factory counterparts from receipt of new model Tech Pack to Commercialization and into first production. Demonstrate a strong awareness of product and engage in all phases of the Sorel product process ensuring project lead time, product manufacturability, performance, costing, delivery, and sustainability objectives are all maintained. Responsible for technical engineering of new uppers and tooling development, draft, create and implement SOREL patterns/ tool/ development/ transfer specific best practices, key feature maps, processes, policies, also supporting the PFC and SOP documentation and implementation with Sorel HQ, FW LO and factory partner teams. Proactively Implement, Monitor seasonal development schedule to ensure timely BR and development milestones. Detail progress summary or any deviation from plan to line Manager through weekly development report. Lead introduction of development/last/ tooling innovation through collaborations with multiple internal and external parties, facilitating smooth project transition to commercialization and initial productions in Asia. Together with Engineering, Costing and Production team, facilitate and integrate Lean/ costing re-engineering practices to improve efficiencies and productivities. Mentor Product Developer I and II to aid in skills / career path development. Clear, appropriate, timely communications, end to end project lead and problem solving competencies, new changes adaptation and adoptions under new business environment, proper business acumen & mindset requirement and role models of corporate & product policies adhere.
Responsible for working with Sorel HQ development team and Asia factory partners in converting initial design packs renderings into successful and profitably commercialized production.
Work in close unison with HQ SOREL developers & counterparts, updating them on critical technical and timing concerns.
Reviews blue prints, 3D and wooden models to ensure accuracy, functionality of new tool details and design integrity.
Keep the team informed of product key features and coordinate resolution of potential quality concerns from Teardown thru Production.
Manage project information, ensure its accuracy and lead meetings with key partners, suppliers, mold vendors and team members.
Demonstrate a strong awareness of footwear product and engage in all phases of the SOREL product process which ensures that projects are proven and tested, completed on time, are manufacturable, meet design intent, performance, costing and sustainability goals.
Constantly review and evaluate the project status with your manager also the headquarter counterpart, keep them continually in the loop regarding issues which may take the project outside of its predetermined track.
Utilize your footwear knowledge and tools to achieve project objectives and communicate project status to your category leadership. Be the primary driver of the process in all development phases. Thereafter fully support the Product Engineer and the QA team through commercialization and onto production.
Manage prototyping and sampling across designated partner bases and advise on any performance shortcoming by these factory partners. Recommend and specify to the Portland creation team all material, component and construction options needed to meet key features and product performance goals.
Apply an advanced understanding of product and category objectives, quality and fit goals, best practices, testing, costing and consumer requirements.
Maintain current files on all assigned models designated to you. Files should include sample request forms, tooling 2D & 3D, last specification data, specifications and notice of changes and all other related information.
Managing, training and mentoring of Product Developer Level I/II is a core accountability of this job and is a key function against which job performance will be measured.
Keep abreast of new materials and innovations by networking with Material, Innovation team, vendors, suppliers, and networking with industry peers.
Establish a professional, industrious working relationship with factory partners. Build up this relationship in a manner which ensures the name and integrity of the Columbia company is continually held in high esteem.
Establish and maintain a close working relationship within the product Team and the other functional support (Engineering, QA, Materials, Costing, SCM, etc.) to meet project timelines, business metrics, and brand / company targets.
Keep Asia FW functions Materials, Costing, Supply Chain, CE teams updated with information which impacts their specific roles at all key stages in the process or where assistance is necessary.
Be a person of unquestionable integrity and honesty in all business relationships.
Be prepared to take on other project or brand-related duties as may be assigned from time to time.
Carry out the details of this Job Description not only in word but spirit and reality too.
Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.
This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.