Product Developer - Equipment & Accessories
Outdoor Research, Inc. - Seattle, WA

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The Product Developer, Equipment & Accessories will support the Designer and Product Manager in the development of all new products from the initial design concept through to the final production tech packs.

Duties:
The Product Developer will be responsible for:
  • Contributing to the development, engineering, and specifications processes.
  • Assisting with the engineering the highest level of innovative and quality products.
  • Executing to the product development timeline.
  • Communicating the specifications and product details to the suppliers.
  • Works under close direction and handles increasingly complex issues while developing a track record of success in the development processes.
Qualifications:
The Product Developer's key deliverables are:
  • Prepare and maintain seasonally accurate tech pack documents for every product in the line (detail design sketches, materials parts lists, measurement charts, sewing instructions, care/content details, packaging/hang tag/ UPC coding information etc.)
  • Plan and track the development schedule of all products to ensure a timely completion following the predetermined product development calendar.
  • Critique all proto, sales, and pre-production samples against the tech pack specifications for fit, sewing quality, design accuracy, and functionality.
  • Eliminate errors and delays by proactively communicating with contractors, Outdoor Research Operations department, and raw materials suppliers during the entire development process.
  • Partner with Operations to ensure the superior quality and timely delivery of sales samples each season.
  • Submit, review, and approve all color lab dips.
  • Complete the development of product specifications against the agreed design and development process and timelines on time, in full and accurate.
  • Ensure the product quality/integrity of all products falling under their responsibilities.
  • Work with Product Manager to distribute product technical details and assure the accuracy, and integrity of all product communication.
  • Work with raw material vendors to develop new fabrications and finishes.
  • Manage fit sample review and critique process.
  • Travel to Asia to work with manufacturing partners.
Experience:
  • Minimum 3 years work experience in a related position.
  • 5+ years in development in the outdoor industry preferred.
  • Strong understanding of outdoor product merchandising and sales.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a broad range of individuals to work toward a common goal.
  • Must have a track record in executing procedures and processes.
Skills:
  • Outdoor equipment, accessories, and/or apparel development skills.
  • Thorough understanding of technical outdoor equipment featuring and user requirements.
  • Experience with Gerber PDM or related tech pack system
  • Technical equipment/ accessory creation skills
  • Advanced competency in Adobe Illustrator
  • Knowledge of North America, Asian, and European suppliers for technical fabrications.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Computer literate
  • Fluent in English
  • Must be available for 10-20% travel within the US and Asia
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