Product Developer III

Columbia Sportswear, Inc.


0 year(s)

Job Description

At Columbia, were as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available worldwide, were proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest, where natural wonders are our playground.
Every product we make and every task we undertake is inspired by the famous words of our founder Gert Boyle: Its perfect. Now make it better. As pioneers of relentless improvement, we are constantly evolving.
We believe the outdoors is ours to protect and strive to keep our planet healthy. We believe in empowering people to experience the outdoors to the fullest.
And we believe in you.

Manage development of new footwear from initial concept to sales samples for assigned models. Emphasis on delivering samples projects according to predetermined timelines. Keep informed of and evaluate competitive developments with an eye towards improving the competitiveness of Columbias footwear.

Participate in cross-functional team meetings on how creation team and costing can meet margin targets.
Working with factory partners and key vendors in converting initial design renderings into successful, manufacturable, profitable also commercialized product.
Reviews blue prints, 3Ds and wooden models with supporting from Product Development Manager and LO Columbia PEM to ensure accuracy, functionality of mold details and design integrity.
Be prepared to take on other project or brand-related duties as may be assigned from time to time.
Demonstrate an awareness of and engage in all phases of the Columbia product process which ensures that projects are approved, tested, completed and delivered on-time, are manufacturable, meet design intent, performance, costing and sustainability goals.
Manage prototyping and sampling across designated partner bases and advise on any performance shortcoming and timing issue by these factory partners and provide the improvement plans;
Maintain current files on all assigned models. Files should include sample request forms, last specification data, specifications and notice of changes, confirmed tooling drawings, key feature & process maps and all other related information important.

A clear communicator with countries where English is a second language. Use considerable tact, sound judgment, and discretion in all contacts. Identify/evaluate problem areas and recommend effective solutions.
Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with management, staff, factories and vendors.

Thorough knowledge of administrative management and supervisory techniques, PC software (i.e., spreadsheets, databases, and word-processing)
Experience in outdoor footwear industry, and conducting business in Asian countries.
Effectively supervise staff, assessing performance and supporting professional development. Use exceptional time management skills to accomplish challenging objectives and manage heavy workload. Understand basic engineering, metric measurements, and blueprints.

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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.

At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.