Sr. Materials Developer

Columbia Sportswear, Inc.


0 year(s)

Job Description


When our founders established the Bay as our base back in 1993, Mountain Hardwear was destined for a life of play. They wanted to make equipment and apparel that climbers and mountaineers could depend onbut they wanted to have fun doing it, too. We bring the same stoke we have in the mountains to the drawing board. We express our brand through climbing, but more importantly, through the culture that we as climbers, riders, artists, innovators, movers, shakers(insert your thing here) create.

Today, Mountain Hardwear is seeking a Materials Research Analyst. Youre already one of us. So why not just become one of us?


Through close interaction with the Product Creation Teams and Global Liaison Office partners, the Senior Materials Research Analyst will manage the development of seasonal materials from concept to commercialization within established timelines as well as collaborate with the Product Creation Team in the establishment, validation, commercialization, and execution of product platforms. This position will be responsible for leading and cascading the Mountain Hardwear mission of To inspire everyone to go into the mountains to discover what they are capable of and responsibly experience the awe of nature through coaching, execution, and accountability.

Collaborate with Global Liaison Offices in regard to supplier placement, specific performance, aesthetic, and testing needs as well as offer technical guidance during the development process and bulk.

Interface with the Sourcing/Costing Department to ensure costs are analyzed and intelligently negotiated to the best possible price based on current market conditions.

Partner with the Quality Assurance team to lead risk assessment on relative materials and with Liaison Offices to develop action plans to ensure best-in-class quality.

Be an active participant of the Manufacturing Group and facilitate the timely development and commercialization of the seasonal product category.

Stay abreast of new technologies in the textile market and always pursue innovation.

Transition innovative material platforms from adoption to full commercialization through cross-functional collaboration.

Work with Testing labs to conduct technical research in relation to materials performance improvements.

Bachelors degree in textiles, apparel manufacturing, and/or 5-8 years or more experience in materials development/materials laboratory, sourcing, or related field.

Must have comprehensive knowledge of textiles, familiarity with textile construction methods and manufacturing, materials testing, and appropriate interpretation of lab results pertaining to products.

Possess strong working knowledge of materials and functional aspects of garments and equipment (Tents/Backpacks).

Able to lead group discussions/meetings, work under pressure and to meet strict timelines, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and work extended hours if necessary.

Possess strong written and verbal communication skills to deal with various levels of management and employees within the organization and vendors and global personnel.

Able to motivate individuals involved in the development process.

Physically able to travel globally on commercial transportation

Visual acuity for analyzing samples and color; sitting, standing, bending, lifting to 50 pounds, and finger dexterity.


Our purpose is to build essential gear for climbers, mountaineers, and outdoor athletes. Mountain Hardwear expedition tents have summited more of the worlds highest peaks than any other brand. This level of technical precision inspires everything we do. Every stitch deliberate, every angle precise, every fabric tested, so that function and comfort are built with intent. Over and over. Mountain Hardwear, Inc., founded in 1993 and based in Richmond, CA, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company and distributes its products through specialty outdoor retailers in the United States and 34 countries worldwide.

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.