VF Corporation The North Face: Product Developer in Alameda, California

Job Description


A Product Developer at The North Face is responsible for driving the development, engineering, fit execution and specifications for innovative, technologically advanced products of the highest level.

We build products that are coveted and trusted by our customers in a fun, fast paced environment. We are passionate, precise, team oriented engineers with a love of the outdoors and a commitment to sustainability.


  • Manages the development process of company product lines as assigned.

  • Manages the logowear artwork strike-off submission and approval process.

  • Plans and tracks the development schedule of all products and strike-offs to ensure a timely completion following the predetermined 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.

  • Ensures execution of fit intent and fit consistency through clear analysis, documentation, communication, adherence to fit standards, and use of block patterns.

  • Creates the specifications for the products, publishes, and maintains all records, style files, and samples associated with the product and related programs.

  • Partners with Product and Material Sourcing and manufacturers to develop new materials, construction techniques, printing techniques, processes, 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 assure the accuracy, legality, and integrity of all product performance claims.

  • Works with Quality Assurance to develop artwork standards, tolerances, and care label verbiage.


  • 3+ years of experience in Technical Design/Product Development in a medium or large size company, preferably in the outdoor industry

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering, or Manufacturing, or Degree or Certification in apparel design, construction, and/or patternmaking, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Knowledge of graphic techniques, textile properties, testing, dyeing, finishing, manufacturing or other textile fundamentals

  • Able to lead a fitting or meeting with optional supervision

  • Able to independently manage product of moderate to high complexity

  • Demonstrates a solid knowledge of fit, patternmaking, and construction expertise, and knowledge of manufacturing processes

  • Demonstrates a solid knowledge of product category, product materials, and product development lifecycle

  • Demonstrates great interpersonal skills, including the ability to create trust with cross functional teams

  • Participates in special projects, process or calendar optimization with supervision

  • Able to proactively troubleshoot and proposes solutions to problems with moderate complexity

  • Demonstrates clear and accurate verbal and written communication

  • Participates in goal setting. Drives results to achieve goals

  • Demonstrates strong organizational skills

  • Demonstrates proficient computer skills in MS Office software, Adobe Illustrator, and Specification Management programs. Knowledge of patternmaking systems a plus

  • Deadline driven with a track record for delivering great results on time

  • Some overseas travel required: 5%

Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.

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.