VF Corporation Jr Developer in Boulder, Colorado
The Smartwool (SWL) Product Developer supports development of apparel product line while supporting Development Team by measuring protos, wear test sample distribution, organization of inbound materials / garments, Fed Ex tracking / shipping, costing preparation for team and cross checking system information. Responsible for BOM accuracy, calendar tracking, SMS discrepancy lists, checking inbound product for accuracy.
Supports Developers in product reviews of all garment stages – prototypes, size run samples, PRE-line samples, salesman samples from concept thru finalization. Ensures evaluations and approvals adhere to production timelines and Smartwool quality standards. Integrates all wear testing assessments into final comments.
With exceptional attention to detail, creates comprehensive and accurate spec packages & BOMs. Ensures they are maintained in Enovia and communicated in a timely manner to our factories & VF partners. Maintains all relevant tracking info in Enovia & development trackers, check in & measure all samples. Supports team members when workload intensity shifts.
Under supervision of Developer, manage the fit approval process with team executing on fit intent. Ensure construction alternatives are brought to the table with design intent and cost value in mind. Virtual prototyping software experience (ie: CLO3D, Shima) and modern development process and protocol is preferred.
Support research on consumer reviews on relevant products to identify development improvements. Assist in managing the wear test sample distribution.
Interact with Merchandising and Design teams to facilitate an easy communication flow. Dynamic personality to engage with the team.
Bachelor's Degree in Apparel, Textile Design, Merchandising, or Engineering preferred or equivalent, relative experience
2+ years' experience in apparel product development with keen understanding of design, fit, construction, and/or production
Requires fit experience, spec writing and some experience with 3D / virtual prototyping applications
Preferred experience / exposure to yarn & knit product development – special emphasis on wool & natural fibers developing both raw materials and finished knit accessory & apparel garments
Proven ability to work effectively with designers to interpret design intent and offer alternative solutions to meet commercial objectives
Exceptional organization and communication skills.
Must possess exceptional attention to details
Demonstrated problem solving skills
Demonstrated performance history with offshore vendors and manufacturers
Proven ability to prepare and deliver detailed and complete product specs/spec packages
Knowledge of product fit and the proven ability to manage manufacturing partners on necessary fit changes
Ability to manage multiple seasonal calendars in a fast paced and dynamic environment
Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office with emphasis in Excel and familiarity with Adobe Illustrator
Ability to travel as required (approximately 10%)
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.