VF Corporation Vans Associate Footwear Developer in Costa Mesa, California

Job Description

Vans: Be a Part of the Original

“It was never about waving the brand like a flag, it was always about the people” – Paul Van Doren

Vans is the original action sports footwear company rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, Vans has thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through Vans’ four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the expressive creators within our company and community as they bring new and innovative perspectives to help shape and transform the future of our business.

At Vans our culture sets us apart and it influences everything we do. Everything we do supports creativity and we are driven by our five values. We are determined. We are connected to our consumers and to each other. We are inclusive. We are expressive and Fun. And most of all, we are a family.

Vans is a subsidiary of VF, the world’s largest apparel and footwear company comprised of over 30 brands. We are the leading drivers of retail as our global footwear, apparel and accessory brand is available in 170 countries worldwide. As we continue to expand, we take great measures in developing and growing our people.

Vans is founded on a culture of learning. We take great pride in our ability to facilitate learning opportunities by providing the resources and tools necessary to support each individual’s pursuit of growth to achieve future goals. In order to prioritize career growth within our company, Vans offers courses on topics such as leadership, communication, collaboration and technical skills to ensure our employees are self-motivated and developing to the pace of our rapidly growing business.

By joining the Vans family, you will be immersed into an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work very hard across a multitude of large initiatives to bring the Van Doren spirit to life. We live for what we do.

Associate Footwear Developer: Become the Newest Member of the Vans Family

Vans is a leading action sports footwear company that has an extensive history of manufacturing excellence. We carry a sense of purpose to enable creative expression – and inspire youth culture – by celebrating and encouraging the Off the Wall attitude that comes from expressing your true self. As an Associate Footwear Developer, you will oversee footwear projects from establishment of the tech package to final confirmation. The projects you are managing include in-line, Rider samples, sales samples and product confirmation samples. In this position, you are responsible for the timely delivery of projects in your category over Classics and supporting the commercialization/production effort. Here at Vans, you will have the opportunity to think outside the box and exercise your entrepreneurial spirit. It is the essence of “being you” and embracing your own Off the Wall personal style and expressing yourself in every way possible. Vans welcomes the daring and the fearless. Bring your talent and ambition to Vans and be able to grow and develop truly inspirational and courageous pieces.

How You Will Make a Difference:

· You will collaborate with design, merchandising and Asia development teams to deliver product objectives and meet calendar timelines.

· Effectively evaluate materials for cost, physical characteristics and function in order to specify

o appropriate materials for development projects and ensure cost-effectiveness.

· Maintain target go-in margins while working proactively to achieve them.

· You will work effectively with fit and wear testing to ensure the integrity of the design is maintained

o while high levels of quality and performance are achieved.

· Exercise your clear written and verbal communication skills regarding product, allowing Vans Far East Leaders staff to execute accordingly

Skills for Success:

Years of Related Professional Experience: 3-5

Educational/ Position Requirements:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of footwear experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in business or engineering


  • Strong computer skills

  • Cross-cultural communication skills

  • Embraces skateboarding lifestyle and culture

  • Follows through with all tasks, assignments and job duties in a timely manner

  • PLM knowledge very helpful

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • International and domestic travel required (30%)

  • Willing and able to work additional hours when needed

  • Bend, lift, open and move product and related office items varying in weight from 1 to 50lbs, depending on need (sample hand carries, trade shows/ sales meeting set up)

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.