Associate Product Developer

Columbia Sportswear, Inc.


0 year(s)

Job Description

From the farm to the factory to our closets, we all have an opportunity to create positive change through clothing as we work to fundamentally change the way clothing is made.

Do you want to join a team committed to creating positive change in the world through the C4PC movement?

ConsiderprAna, where you can transcend the current trends and demand more from your wardrobe and your employer; where you can help an enthusiastic and loyal audience celebrate the outdoors and their own unique style; and where you can help lessen our impact on the planet and its people every day.

As the Associate Product Developer, you will be responsible for supporting the overall execution and development of a small scope of specified products, from concept through production while supporting the Product Development department on key support functions under the direction of Product Development Manager. You will contribute to the Product Development team to achieve department initiatives utilizing creative thinking, critical analysis, time management, and problem solving skills. In additional, you will report on the development of his/her category as it relates to the calendar, product quality, and margin on a regular basis to Product Development Manager. The Associate Product Developer works autonomously with general supervision.

Coordinates the product lifecycle T&A of narrow, specified product categories based on prAnas development calendar and collaborates with Design, Merchandising, Product Development, Technical Design and Production teams to achieve commercial viability of designs. Performs higher level support job task on a regular basis to improve Product Development department productivity.
Tracks and develops seasonally based need product categories:SMU (special make ups)
Counter sourcing projects
Specialty product capsules

Executes the development to production of a narrow and specified set of products (as mentioned above) encompassing:Bill of Materials creation
Fit session participation

Coordinates tech packs to factory and track incoming prototype samples
Troubleshoots development process in collaboration with PCT (Product Creation Team)
Tracks and monitors artwork/print development
Meets designated target margins by cost negotiations with factory partners
Proactively supports and adheres to calendar deadlines to ensure product delivery dates are met
Manages and tracks weekly proto Works In Progress communication to factories to ensure timely development of proto-types
Assists in maintaining and updating Full Circle (Product Lifecycle Management system)
Assist Product Development department with technical packet updates and data integrity updates
Assists with product specifications for workbook, catalog, and on-line launches
Evaluates submittals to ensure prAnas quality standards are met
Inputs relevant data to PLM and Full Circle
Manages SMS product incoming for the Product Creation Team
Assists with vendor allocation meetings and system assignment
Utilizes versatile skill set to assist in additional product categories as needed
Assists Product Development department as needed directed by Product Development Manager

Product Integrity
Cross-functional interaction with all departments of prAna to deliver the highest quality product in our market and communicate the product attributes & vision.
Makes thoughtful daily decisions to maintain high levels of standards in quality - from development to production
Participates in evaluating daily/seasonal processes in Product Development and how we interact with other teams

Bachelors degree in apparel and/or textile product development, merchandising or design is required
Minimum of 2 years of industry experience in product development
Working knowledge of technical apparel construction, fabrics (knits and wovens) and their properties, and trims in the following (mens, womens and/or accessories) categories: outerwear, mid-Layer, performance, activewear, swimwear, lifestyle, sweaters, dresses, accessories
Developing knowledge of supply chain transparency and compliance
Familiar with costing and negotiating
Working knowledge of: PLM systems, Word, Excel, Adobe Illustrator

We create versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, every day. How do we know? Because we base our designs on our own experiences. You see were more than makers, were doersyogis, climbers, and world travelersand we use our knowledge to make adventurous, free-spirited clothes that look good and play hard.

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.