Jan 06, 2021

Product Developer

  • Simms Fishing Products
  • Bozeman, MT, USA
Full time Fishing Industry Fly Fishing Industry Outdoor Industry Apparel Entry Level Manufacturing Product Development

Job Description

The Product Developer (PD) will be a leader of the product creation process to ensure on-time development, engineering, testing, commercialization and accurate specification for all assigned products. The PD will execute in translating 2D design into 3D samples that meet or exceed brief, design intent, costing targets, and adhere to established standards for branding, design, craftsmanship, fit, lab/field testing, quality, and durability.

The Product Developer works autonomously and collaboratively with their immediate manager, and other stakeholders across the product team. The ideal candidate for this role can work across a broad range of product types, and is comfortable diving into new, unknown challenges. The PD is adept in seeking out resources to enhance product creation expertise, including internal coworkers as well as our manufacturers and other external partners. The PD must facilitate positive collaboration across the various functional team(s), and provides critical support in efforts to meet established workflow requirements, budget constraints, sampling standards, fit standards, and milestone dates.

The Product Developer will successfully manage, as assigned, assorted projects to enhance and support the Development process (e.g. process improvement, documentation standards, data integrity). The PD will support the team’s success by mentoring and coaching other product developers on the team.

Outcomes of the role:

  • Key player in seasonal prototype and commercialization phases.
  • Creates and maintains all specs, BOMS, tech packs, relevant records and a sample archive for all assigned categories.
  • Partners closely with the quality team in helping to identify and implement solutions to potential quality risks.
  • Cultivation of positive teamwork and inspiration within the category team(s), across the organization, and with external partners through an open, professional and collaborative work style.
  • Embraces a ‘fail fast to succeed sooner’ approach to developing protos and new concepts.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Line final samples hit target costs.
  • Prototype and commercialization phases hit calendar dates and Simms construction, fit and finish standards.
  • Prototype and commercialization phases hit workflow requirements & sampling standards.
  • Responsiveness, measured by the # of instances of time sensitive communication, not being addressed withing 24 hours of receipt.

Successful candidates should possess:

  • BA in Apparel development or Merchandising preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of Outerwear and Sportswear Apparel Development role for an outdoor, fishing, or lifestyle brand.
  • Prior experience in raw materials development, pattern-making, fit, finishes, and trims.
  • On the-ground experience working with Asian-based factories and suppliers.
  • Excellent communication skills – internal and with global partners.
  • Team player and a problem-solver.

Simms offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including: Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life, Short-term & Long-term Disability Insurance, 401K Retirement Plan, Paid Holidays & Paid Time Off.


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