Job Details

SOREL Product Developer

Columbia Sportswear Company

Job - Corporate/Business

Close Date: 06/09/2019

The Product Developer position manages the development of new footwear from initial concept to sales samples for assigned models, with an emphasis on delivering samples projects according to predetermined timelines. Additionally, this position keeps informed of and evaluates competitive developments with an eye towards improving the competitiveness of SOREL’s footwear.

•Under direction of Product Development Manager, develop product specifications and coordinate all aspects of product development from concepts to product confirmation for assigned models.
•Provide input to the design process in areas related to cost, production, and functional componentry.
•Set up detailed development plans for assigned models using timelines with specific target dates to ensure samples are delivered to Merchandising Department according to schedule. Provide continuous and detailed progress reports to Product Development Manager.
•Maintain close communication with the overseas development staff reviewing progress and resolving issues.
•Execute the different aspects on and review blueprints, 3D files, and other tech drawings to ensure accuracy and functionality of mold details. Able to review rapid prototype parts and models of molded components to help drive design integrity and functionality.
•Collaborate with Design and Merchandising groups identify materials, components and construction options for each project.
•Provide development team with up-to-date information on new materials, components, and procedures available in overseas factories.
•Maintain current files on all assigned models currently being developed or produced overseas. Model files contain sample request forms, latest specification sheet, specification change notices,blueprints, and other related information.

•College degree with course work in manufacturing,engineering or related field.
•3-5 years’ experience primarily in footwear development
•Must have a comprehensive working knowledge of footwear construction methods and manufacturing operations, especially pattern making, grading, and marking processes.
•An ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with management, staff, factories and vendors. Emphasis on clear communication with countries where English is a second language.

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.

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