Senior Footwear Developer (Sports Marketing/Retail)

Company Name:
Sports Equipment
Position Type:
As part of Timberland PRO's Product team, maintain product integrity with respect to last development, upper development, mold development and material and component development.
Years of Related Professional Experience: 7-10.
Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design or equivalent footwear industry experience. 7-10 years of footwear development experience or a related field. Experience with a PDM (Product Data Management) system is a plus.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in English.
Strong computer skills, including MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint required.
Special Requirements:
Travel to Asia (up to 40%) to visit manufacturing locations, development
centers and vendors to oversee the execution of footwear.
Additional travel may be required for trade shows and market visits to keep
current on future trends in R&D as necessary.
Key Responsibilities
Project Management. - Maintains and manages the daily activities for all assigned projects. Thoroughly communicates necessary details to teams in Stratham and Asia in order to reach calendar milestone objectives.
Last Development - Works with development and design team to initiate and oversee the development of lasts based upon desired aesthetic, performance, comfort and fit. Upper Development - Manages upper development for yield, manufacturability, fit, function, cost and desired aesthetic. Mold Development - Manages mold development from initial drawings through confirmation of sample size.
In conjunction with Design and Development Leads, executes against strategy for components with regards to compounds, construction and mold type.
Material and Component Development - Coordinates and maintains material and structural specifications as well as the follow through on the testing of each individual component to maintain Timberland standards for quality and durability.
Costing Objectives - Manages costing objectives as outlined by Product Manager and works with design to achieve category goals. This entails supplying necessary information needed for pre-costing exercises during review of product briefs, through tech. package development and final pricing of confirmation standards.
Leadership - Mentor junior designers on proper tech packs and shoe making constructions. Motivate and inspire cross functional team, share knowledge and provide leadership.
Forward Engineering - Participates in the planning and execution of Forward Engineering activities to meet commercialization and buy-readiness timelines.
Buy Readiness. - Manages development efforts to reach buy readiness on assigned projects by overseeing and meeting all calendar milestones necessary to achieve this goal.
Communication and Documentation - Maintain and provide a clear form of documentation and communication with team members in order assist the transfer of the design solutions from concept through final product with country office developers and manufacturing representatives.
Travel to overseas manufacturing facilities 2-4 times per year to manage problem solving of seasonal development projects and demonstrate leadership capabilities in decision making and communication back to team in Stratham.

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