VF Corporation Product Developer The North Face EMEA (Temporary Contract) in Switzerland
GENERAL SUMMARYAs a member of the team, you will be involved in taking product from design concept, to salesman samples, and into production. Liaising with the Product Manager, Designers, factories to ensure ideas and concepts are executed in the best possible way, meeting Company profit margins; ensuring The North Face quality standards; and ensuring suitability for end use for The North Face consumer.
Review new concepts / styles with Designers / Product Managers and translate them into specification packages with accurate technical details; bill of materials, construction details, size specs and grades – using our in-house PDM system
Fit and evaluate samples and execute all development changes
Prepare and lead fit sessions; offering suggestions on improved construction; aesthetics; fit and consistency
Plan and track development schedule of all products to ensure timely completion
Work with vendors to build best possible quality product
Maintain in-house work in progress reports and ensure all key global deadlines are met
Work with Product Acquisition to ensure timely delivery of sales samples
Work with USA / Asia colleagues to ensure all products meet required standards
COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCES
- Preferably, the ideal candidate will have experience in the development of (but not solely) logowear and sportswear garments
The ideal candidate should be willing to work as part of a team, as well as individually manage the development of their responsible category. The ability to interact with Product Managers, Sourcing team and vendors is essential. Good attention to detail; ability to work under pressure, being open minded and flexible - are all considered key qualities of a TNF Product Developer
+ + Education: Preferably educated to degree level in a design, textile, manufacturing or engineering profession within the apparel industry. Alternatively a proven track record, of at least 3 years in the clothing industry
Language skills: Excellent understanding of the English language especially in manufacturing and technical terms
Analytical Skills: advanced knowledge of Windows applications to include Illustrator, Word and Excel; and preferably experience (but not essential) of working on PDM systems.
Ability to successfully adjust to rapid change
Strong verbal and written communication skills
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.
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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.