JanSport: Discover Freedom
We are, and have always been, driven to Go.
It's that feeling right before a road trip. Before the big day. You feel it before you jump in, lift off, or let go. It's finger-drumming, toe-tapping, breathing in, breathing out, waiting for the clock to strike and it's time to, finally, Go.
At JanSport, we are driven by the spirit of freedom - the freedom to explore, to be yourself, and to find yourself along the way.
Our founders, Skip, Jan, and Murray knew when they first started this adventure over 50 years ago, they didn't want to do it alone. Both life and work are better with friends. Our culture is open and adventurous, team-powered and fun.
Since 1967, we have engineered innovative, quality, and functional gear that lasts a lifetime. Grounded in the outdoor industry, we've always been inspired by the pursuit of daily adventure, wherever that may take you-and we proudly support community organizations who share that spirit.
JanSport is part of VF Corporation, who guides powerful brands that are fueled by insights and innovation that put us at the heart of our consumers' lives. Many of the VF brands lead their respective categories, and some have risen to iconic status. We are founded in a culture of learning and take great pride in our ability to facilitate opportunities to our employees by providing the resources and tools necessary to build each individual's personal strengths to achieve future goals.
We are seeking creative, genuine, and authentic people to join our team and start that next journey together.
Product Developer: Become the Newest Member of the JanSport Family
As the Product Developer, you will use your operational, technical, and organizational expertise to advance products from design to commercialization. By doing so, your efforts will have a direct effect on exceeding JanSport's brand, sales and marketing goals. Your PLM system expertise, added to your technical skills from the outdoor or apparel/accessory industry will support prototyping design concepts, construction, cost and quality engineering, testing and evaluation. Your keen ability to help manage projects and timelines successfully will be a key asset to the development team.
How You Will Make a Difference:
Executes all details of tech pack development including technical artwork, material and component specifications, color application through utilization of Adobe Illustrator and Product Line Management (PLM) systems.
Creates and tracks the development schedule of assigned products to ensure a timely completion following the Go-To-Market calendar, utilizing time management and communications skills to meet deadlines.
Manage the development process of products that meet company/corporate target margin goals, while maintaining design intent and quality.
Ensures both the technical superiority and the product quality/integrity of all products falling under their responsibilities, coordinating with QA and design teams appropriately.
Value-engineer products by analyzing BOM/FOB and recommending materials and construction techniques to impact cost throughout development.
Organizes, publishes, and maintains all records, style files, and samples associated with the product and related programs.
Partners with domestic and overseas Product/Material Sourcing and Manufacturers to develop new materials, construction techniques, processes, costing, and samples used to create innovative and technically superior products each season.
Interacts with Product Director, Product Manager, Design, Marketing, Sales, and Quality Assurance to distribute product technical details and assures the accuracy, legality, and integrity of all product performance claims.
Contributes to sustainability projects related to product materials, construction, function and manufacturing.
Support proto reviews; assists with internal and external product presentations, as requested.
Skills for Success:
Years of Related Professional Experience: 2-5 years in bag, accessories or other similar soft-good product development.
Educational/ Position Requirements:
Associate or higher degree in Industrial Design, Apparel Design, Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering, or Manufacturing, or related experience.
Specification Management Systems (PLM) experience strongly desired. Knowledge of pattern making systems a plus.
Knowledge of soft-goods (sewn) manufacturing construction techniques
Strong proficiency with Adobe Illustrator. Adobe Photoshop proficiency desired.
Able to independently manage product of moderate to high complexity.
Advanced outdoor and industrial textile and materials knowledge
Able to lead product review meetings with optional supervision.
Business writing skills, strong ability to communicate cross-culturally
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to create trust with cross functional teams.
Problem-solving mentality, using sound judgement and diplomacy
Highly organized; deadline driven with track record for delivering great results on time.
Participates in goal setting. Drives results to achieve goals.
Computer literate in Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:
Domestic and International Travel by road, air and overnight, as required 15% of time
Lifting and/or bending up to 30 pounds.
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