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VF Corporation Altra: Senior Product Developer in Denver, Colorado

Join the Altra Family

We want everyone who is capable of running to experience the thrill of finishing their first race, setting a new personal record and shattering limits they never thought they could overcome. We use our run-improving footwear, unmatched education and inextinguishable passion for running to inspire everyone to lace up, hit the open road or tail, and start running. Our mission to get everyone who is able out and running may be bold, but we won’t stop trying until it’s a reality.

Position: Sr. Product Developer

How You Will Make A Difference

A Senior Product Developer at Altra is responsible for driving the development, engineering, fit, margin adherence and specifications for new and existing Footwear from Final Design Review to Commercialization with a focus on Project based management.

What You Will Do:

  • Understands and manages the development process of products as assigned.

  • Plans and tracks the development schedule of all products to ensure timely completion and adherence to stagegates following the seasonal product development calendar

  • Ensures both the technical superiority and the product quality/integrity of all products falling under their responsibilities

  • Develops products, recommends materials and construction techniques that meet Design expectations and meet or exceed predetermined gross margin targets

  • Coordinate all phases of development utilizing the available resources of Product Line Management, Design, Lasts, CAD, Costing, Material and Product Testing, Fit and Wear Testing and Planning

  • Partner, communicate and meet regularly with VF Asia Development to ensure product meets design intent, production best practices, predetermined margin targets and timely completion of stagegate milestones in the seasonal product development calendar

  • Creates product BOMs/specifications, publishes and maintains all records, files and samples associated with the products as assigned.

  • Serves as technical support and manufacturing resource for Product Line Management, Design and other members of the Product team.

  • Ensures execution of fit through clear analysis, documentation, communication, adherence to fit standards, and partnering with VF Asia Development and Commercialization teams.

  • Partners with VF Asia Product Supply, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to develop new materials, construction techniques, processes, and samples used to create innovative and technically superior products each season

  • Interacts in a dynamic team environment with Senior Director of Product, Senior Manager of Development, Product Manager, Design, VF Asia Product Supply, Quality Assurance, Marketing and Sales to ensure the accuracy and integrity of all product performance claims.

  • Required international (China: 2-3 times per calendar year) and domestic travel (2-3 times per calendar year) as required to achieve a high level of product and component development, including visits to manufacturing countries / factories, and off-site material and trade shows.

  • Assist in the documentation of Footwear materials testing requirements

  • Performs these and other duties as assigned.

Free To Be, Inclusion & Diversity

As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Skills for Success

Years of Related Professional Experience: 5-10+ years of experience in Footwear Product Development with a focus on technical running product

Educational Position Requirements: A formal education and subsequent undergraduate/graduate degrees are nice to have, but we are most interested in your total experience and professional achievements.

What We Expect You Already Know:

  • Self-driven and able to independently manage highly complex product through the Development cycle

  • Detail oriented with a strong work ethic and superior organizational skills

  • Demonstrates an advanced knowledge and understanding of fit, pattern engineering, tooling processes, mold and upper construction expertise and knowledge of manufacturing processes

  • Ability to drive high quality product and fit optimization through interpretation of wear and fit test feedback from the Altra athlete teams and 3rd party testing labs

  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, 3D design, 2D/3D tooling processes, Project Management/Development systems and Microsoft Office program suite

  • Proficient in technical blueprint designs

  • Demonstrates an advanced knowledge of product categories, materials, and product development cycle

  • Demonstrates superior interpersonal skills, including the ability to create trust and build partnerships with cross functional teams

  • Leads and manages special/long-term projects, contributes to Development process/timelines and calendar optimization

  • Able to proactively troubleshoot and solve highly complex problems

  • Demonstrates superior communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Irregular working hours should be expected during peak periods when deadlines are present

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • 2-3 seasonal development trips to Asia (China, Vietnam) required. Domestic travel to trade and material shows also required.

  • Up to 15% travel

VF Guiding Principles: Live with Integrity, Act Courageously, Be Curious, Act with Empathy, and Persevere.

What’s in it For You

We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package. Go to MyVFBenefits.com and click on “Looking to Join VF?” to learn more.

Our Parent Company, VF Corporation

VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling. Learn more at vfc.com.

We just have one question. Are you in?

Salary Range:

$80,000.00 USD - $120,000.00 USD annually

Annual Incentive Eligibility :

This position is eligible to participate in VF's Annual Incentive Plan. Incentive Plan awards are contingent upon (1) achievement of your individual objectives and (2) VF achieving its' Corporate and business level financial objectives.

Long Term Incentive Eligibility :

This position is not eligible for long term incentive.

Benefits at VF :

You can review a general overview of each benefit program offered, including this year's medical plan rates on www.MyVFbenefits.com and clicking, Looking to Join VF? Detailed information on your benefits will be provided during your onboarding process.

VF Diversity Vision Statement VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.

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