Fashion and FMCG

Footwear Developer Associate

Sportswear Company

We are looking for Footwear Developer Associate, based in the Company European HQ in Emila-Romagna, who will provide valuable support to the FTW Development Manager for technical development from ideation through production.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support in creation of technical design specifications;
  • Follow and monitor the development process including prototyping, product costing, bulk sampling, mass production and product returns;
  • Monitor fit and wear Test process;
  • Manage product quality control and aftersales technical support;
  • Development calendar timekeeper and critical date control;
  • Ownership and management of a product lifecycle tracking program for footwear collection at style, material and color level, ensuring development timeline is followed;
  • Follow factory and in-house material compositions through major milestones (proto samples, sales samples, CFM samples);
  • Collaborate with customs and duty offices in order to provide correct product information for tax purposes;
  • Create database regarding molds, materials, compositions; Tracking database during development process;
  • Review all prototypes / samples and feedback to manufactures;
  • Track samples throughout the various stages of product creation process;
  • Support Development Manager with department related tasks; shipping, storage and maintain organization of seasonal prototypes / samples;
  • Work on other relevant projects as required e.g. material projects, sustainability, R&D;
  • Investigate customer, store feedback, customer complaints, product issues and record;
  • Attend regularly design & development meeting representing footwear development;
  • Work with other development teams on collaboration projects.

SKILL AND ATTITUDE

  • Fluent in English
  • Knowledge of FTW product design, development and production is highly preferable;
  • Communication, teamwork and organizational skills;
  • Competency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Office;
  • Understanding of Far East footwear manufacturing and sourcing, as well as knowledge of athletic footwear materials and constructions is a nice to have;
  • Keen eye and interest in product innovation, manufacturing techniques, athletic / athleisure footwear and footwear constructions
  • Passion for sustainability and eco-friendly material advancement
  • Ability to clearly articulate policies and instructions;
  • Problem solving and results driven
  • Understanding of cost structure of footwear as a product.
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