We are looking for an outstanding Senior Product Developer to join our The North Face Team in Stabio, Switzerland.
The North Face is the premier exploration company in the world. We spark curiosity. We dare to disrupt. We create communities.
And we lead with integrity. We are a community of explorers and are constantly looking for new ideas, places and people to connect with.
The North Face is a subsidiary of VF, the world’s largest apparel and footwear company comprised of over 30 brands.
What will you do?
As a member of the product team, you will be involved in developing product from design concept, through prototyping and into production.
Collaborating with the merchandisers, designers and sourcing partners to ensure all concepts are executed to achieve margins targets, quality standards and are fit for purpose.
Sharing technical expertise in terms of product execution and feasibility during sketch and product reviews
Engineering product to cost through costing activities ensuring commerciality and margin achievement
Creation and maintenance of product documentation including tech packs, bill of materials, size charts.
Lead fit sessions ensuring consistency and fit intent are achieved
Evaluation of proto samples in terms of construction and quality
Following the seasonal calendars and development tracking to ensure all key deadlines are achieved
Working with vendors and sourcing partners during the product creation and production process
What you need to succeed?
Preferably educated to degree level in apparel fashion, product development or manufacturing.
Apparel product development experience of at least 6 years ideally within technical performance products.
Experience in working with and traveling independently to offshore vendors
Experience in product costing and negotiation skills
A strong team player with the ability to collaborate cross functionally.
Strong technical knowledge in terms of garment fit, construction and quality and excellent attention to detail
Problem solving and solution focused mindset.
A keen interest in innovation and a passion for product.
An ability to work under pressure and to navigate change with open mindedness and flexibility.
Advanced knowledge of Windows applications and Adobe Creative Suite.
Strong verbal and written communication skills including
An excellent understanding of the English language, both written and verbal particularly in terms of apparel development language.
Expertise in coaching and mentoring junior members of the team sharing knowledge and expertise