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Senior Product Developer, Footwear (Global)

  • Job
    Full-time
    Senior Level
  • Product
  • £95K - £118.8K
  • Denver
  • Quick Apply

AI generated summary

  • You must have 5+ years of experience in footwear product development. Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills and ability to independently manage all aspects of product development. Proficient in fit, pattern making, and manufacturing processes. Strong organizational and communication skills. Deadline driven with excellent problem-solving abilities.
  • You will oversee the end-to-end development process of innovative and technologically advanced footwear products, ensuring they meet consumer expectations and brand financial targets.

Requirements

  • We all have unique skills that we bring to work and celebrate every day. For this role, there are foundation skills you’ll need to succeed and excel. Additionally, while formal education in a related field is great to have, we are most interested in your 5+ years of experience and professional achievements.
  • The foundation skills you will need in this position are:
  • Demonstrates great interpersonal skills, including the ability to create trust with cross functional teams.
  • Able to lead meetings and implement new plans and policies with optional supervision.
  • Able to independently manage all aspects of moderate to high complexity products.
  • Demonstrates a solid knowledge of fit, pattern making, and construction expertise, as well as knowledge of manufacturing processes.
  • Demonstrates a solid knowledge of product category, product materials, and product development lifecycle.
  • Participates in special projects, process, or calendar optimization with supervision.
  • Able to resolve conflict with coaching.
  • Able to proactively troubleshoot and proposes solutions to problems with moderate complexity.
  • Demonstrates clear and accurate verbal and written communication.
  • Participates in goal setting. Drives results to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrates strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrates proficient computer skills in MS Office software, Adobe Illustrator, PLM, and Specification Management programs. PLM use is required.
  • Deadline driven with a track record for delivering great results on time.

Responsibilities

  • A day in the life of a Sr. Product Developer, Footwear at The North Face looks a little like this.
  • The primary responsibility of the Senior Developer Footwear is to manage the end-to-end development process to produce best in class product from concept thru buy ready.
  • The Senior Developer will be responsible for the development, engineering, costing and specification processes of creating innovative and technologically advanced products that meet the needs of our customers and end users.
  • In this role, the Senior Developer will be overseeing and managing the cross functional efforts across the brand including Product Management, Design, Materials, Costing, our Asia Development team, and Sourcing Organization.
  • Let’s break down that day-in-the-life a bit more.
  • Manages the development of key seasonal innovations and company product lines as assigned.
  • Plans and tracks the development of products to ensure a timely completion following the predetermined product development calendar.
  • Aligns seasonally with the fit and wear testing department to properly test and validate product performance, fit, and comfort.
  • Able to develop product to target costs meeting or exceeding brand margin and profitability requirements.
  • Develops products, recommends materials, and construction techniques that meet Design expectations.
  • Interacts with Product Director, Product Manager, Design, Marketing, Asia Development resources, to create product that exceeds consumer expectations for performance, fit, and comfort.
  • Partner with the Denver product creation team, Asia Sourcing team, FTW leadership, All Triangles, and other internal and external customers to establish yourself as the lead for this role.
  • Establish seasonal fit, wear test, and field testing plans for your products with the category teams.
  • Work with the category teams to clearly understand product attributes and consumer benefits and create product that meets these needs from a performance, fit, comfort, and costing standpoint.
  • Clearly understand the seasonal financial directives and work with the costing team to establish strategic initiatives each season to mitigate cost increases to meet seasonal margin and brand financial targets.
  • Lead the development of new materials, construction techniques, and processes, to create innovative and technically superior products each season in conjunction with the timelines of the Company’s business strategies.

FAQs

What values and culture do The North Face employees embody?

At The North Face, employees embody values of exploration, disruption, leadership, love for wild places, and sparking curiosity. As a community of explorers, we stay curious about new ideas, places, and people.

United to move the world forward.

Retail & Consumer Goods
Industry
1001-5000
Employees
1966
Founded Year

Mission & Purpose

The North Face is a leading outdoor apparel and gear company that specialises in high-performance products for outdoor enthusiasts. They offer a wide range of clothing, footwear, and equipment designed for various activities such as hiking, climbing, and skiing. Committed to innovation and sustainability, The North Face aims to provide durable, environmentally friendly products that enable people to explore and enjoy the outdoors. Their purpose is to inspire a global movement of exploration and adventure while protecting the planet.