Material Research 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?


The Materials Research Analyst is directly responsible for the development of Textile Materials from concept to commercialization for Mountain Hardwear apparel, managing the process and interface between partners within Design and Product Development teams and Liaison Offices/Mills. This role will be primarily focused. on the Sportswear Category.

Responsible for the commercialization of materials research adhering to development calendar dates from artwork to bulk approval, including reviewing, commenting and approving materials, color, and aesthetic

Interacting with Global Raw Materials supplier network regarding commercializing trims, materials, and redevelopments

Communicating status to Manager and business partners on a routine basis

Maintains data within established systems and audits during season to ensure correct data flows to sourcing partners

Creates/Implements tools and processes to support the Trims Commercialization cycle

Providing technical expertise in raw Material development, including technical performance, washes, prints, yarn dyes, and color development

Working with MHW Designers and Product Development teams to develop Materials for specific product functionality and branding requirements

Working closely with Design and Product Development to review raw material cost and ensure margins are met

Managing seasonal Materials developments and track against the calendar to ensure accuracy and meet completion dates

Communicating via email and PDM system all Material development information to in house Development and Design teams, and the appropriate Liaison Offices and Supplierskeeping them abreast of progress and changes

Bachelors Degree in Materials Science, Apparel/Textile Design or related field and/or 2-4 years experience in the Apparel Industry is required

Full knowledge of garment and product life cycle from concept to shipment. Capability to apply specialized knowledge of industry standards/practices to projects and initiatives.

Knowledge of textile chemistry, physical Materials testing, product testing, product engineering and sourcing a plus

Well-developed verbal and written communication skills, including meeting facilitation and presentations

Excellent project management skills


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.