Product Developer, Soft Goods

Location: Chino, CA Posted: Jul 15

Job Description

Job Level: Specialist
Department: Product
Group: Product Development
Reports to: Product Director
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Location: Chino, CA

Primary Responsibilities:

As a member of the Product Development Team, the Product Developer, Soft Goods serves as the primary contact between Incase’s internal Product Management, Design, and Sourcing teams, and its vendor partners to execute product designs in the form of physical prototypes and ready them for mass production. The Product Developer, Soft Goods will be responsible for developing products and prototypes in accordance with key feature, aesthetic, functional and cost requirements determined by the Product team. The Product Developer, Soft Goods is responsible for monitoring and communicating development information to vendor counterparts through the complete product cycle, preparing materials and components for prototyping, finding solutions to meet all product expectations, and working with the China QC and Production teams to efficiently replicate finalized prototypes in production. The Product Developer, Soft Goods is responsible for working with key Product Management, Design, and Engineering team members to update the team on developments in product solutions as well as challenges in a regular and timely manner to keep all groups informed of program progress.

The position is also accountable for researching materials, manufacturing techniques, and assisting sourcing with finding appropriate new vendor partners, as well as maintaining standards across vendors for products that need to be produced at multiple sources. The Product Developer will provide the team with information to serve as a “check and balance” between Design and Production, and verify produce-ability and cost-effectiveness of materials and methods in the final product.

Key areas of responsibility include:

+Reviewing spec packages and samples (outbound and inbound) from suppliers to assure execution of original spec and design intent and provide feedback on recommendations on how to proceed
+Planning and tracking the development schedule of assigned products and packaging to ensure timely execution according to the product development calendar
+Influencing product, material, tooling, and assembly methods, to ensure that products meet or exceed predetermined cost and margin targets
+Maintaining and developing a specifications process and contributing to spec documents for all products managed as well as maintaining all records, style files, and samples associated with the product development activities including progressing initial specifications to QC level specifications
+Partnering with suppliers to ensure the superior quality and timely delivery of prototype samples, sales samples, and golden samples for each product, collection, and season
+Building and maintaining accurate development reports with to track tools, tool costs, material and color information, minimums, costs and lead times
+Monitoring developments, anticipating problems, and addressing /facilitating solutions in a timely manner to minimize quality problems and production delays
+Communicating clearly with vendors on a timely basis, to convey design, function, quality and feature requirements
+Monitoring prototyping progress, anticipating problems, and addressing /facilitating solutions in a timely manner to minimize quality problems and production delays
+ Addressing all product quality issues by determining root cause and corrective action, and facilitating solutions internally and with suppliers
+Managing prototyping and product change plans for unforeseen device changes and related required planning that arises as a result of new device modifications or customer requirements
+Managing product development across vendors to maintain consistency and overall quality across product lines and manufacturers
+Making sound business recommendations to Incase Product management

Candidate Qualifications/Skills Summary:

• 3 years of Industry experience required, preferably with cut and sew items related to technology accessories
• BA/BS degree in Product Development, Industrial Design, Engineering, or Manufacturing preferred
• Must have dynamic understanding of, and intimacy with, the design and development process from concept to production
• Broad knowledge of materials and cut and sew construction techniques is preferred
• Must understand industry testing protocols, and basic production processes
• Experience working China based supply chain
• Must be very organized and have exemplary time management skills
• Must be a critical thinker and excellent communicator decision-maker and consensus builder
• Strong attention to detail
• Ability to prioritize and re-prioritize workload needed
• Strong written and verbal communication skills are required
• Ability to develop strong partnerships and build consensus; equally capable at working independently
• Proficiency with PC/MAC (spreadsheets, word processing) required
• Proficiency with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and related tools/programs required
• Must be willing to travel to China up to 30% of the time
• Fluency in Mandarin is a plus

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