Product Developer

Footwear Product Developer, Somerset, Branded Lifestyle Apparel, up to £45,000
Your new company

An established global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, is looking for a Footwear Product Developer to join their dynamic and high-performing team. The company operates across all of Europe, the US and the Middle East.

Your new role

Essentially, you will be maintaining an awareness of footwear trends and innovations to support design and merchandising functions and feed into the go-to-market strategy process. You will work with Merchandising and Design to initiate and manage prototypes, and manage the development critical path to ensure on-time delivery from concept to delivery.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Manage development and selection of lasts and tooling including sign-off of sole blue prints and opening of production molds
  • Management of development Critical Path to ensure on-time delivery of the entire development process from concept to warehouse delivery
  • Escalating any exceptions to manager and the merchandising team
  • Reporting of costs incurred
  • Lead fit sessions from initial samples through to final production
  • Manage footwear supply base and be able to communicate in an effective way with off-shore teams and suppliers
  • Manage risk assessment of the product throughout the development and manufacturing process and communicate accordingly to the relevant stakeholders as monitoring returns and overall quality performance of suppliers
  • Foreign travel as required to offices, suppliers, trade fairs, product launches and sales meetings
  • Manage material and trim library
  • Group discussions and training of product

What you'll need to succeed

In order to be considered, it is essential that you have:

  • Experience and knowledge of the footwear development process from design to production
  • Experience of last development and fitting knowledge of sole molds, compounds and constructions
  • Knowledge of footwear tests and standards
  • Knowledge of footwear materials and components from sole to upper, and ability to use research and material innovation to push the product forward
  • Knowledge of leather and tanneries
  • Some technical knowledge and understanding of footwear construction and manufacturing processes
  • Experience of travel to global supply base for product development and manufacturing
  • Ability to self-manage, self-motivate, prioritise work and multi-task
  • Candidates should be knowledgeable in technical footwear development
  • This should include relevant experience in spec sheet construction, design translation, and product and material testing costing
  • An advanced prototyping experience with pattern engineering and project management is also preferred

What you'll get in return

This company is offering a great list of benefits, including:

  • Competitive salary
  • 37.5 hour per week, Monday - Friday
  • 25 Days Holiday plus 8 Bank Holidays
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Free Life Assurance plus Health Cash Plan
  • Generous Staff Discount on Quality Clothing
  • Friendly Company Culture and Relaxed Working Environment

What you need to do now

If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now. I look forward to reviewing your application!


Job type:
Retail & Consumer Goods
Technical And Production
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Talk to a consultant

Talk to Jasmine Glen, the specialist consultant managing this position, located in London City

4th Floor, 107 Cheapside

Telephone: 02034650156

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