The North Face, a VF Company
At The North Face we dare to lead the world forward through Exploration . We were born to Explore. We were born to Disrupt. We were born to Lead.
The North Face is the premier exploration company in the world. Founded in the counterculture of Berkeley, CA in 1966 we have a long and storied legacy of enabling exploration, loving and protecting wild places, and creating iconic and technically advanced product.
We believe that exploration is a mindset – both on the mountain and off the mountain – and it infuses everything we do. As a community of explorers, we stay curious about new ideas, places and people.
Love wild places
Dare to disrupt
Lead with integrity
By joining The North Face, you will help provide the best gear for our athletes and the modern-day explorer. You will also have the opportunity, tools and environment to more deeply explore the world around you and make meaningful, lasting connections.
What You Will Do
A Technical 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
How You Will Make A Difference
Manages moderate to high level technical development of assigned styles from design concept through to production-ready hand-off, ensuring both fit and technical engineering meets or exceeds expectation.
Plans and tracks the development schedule of all products to ensure a timely completion following the pre-determined product development calendar
Partners with Designers to understand fit intent and aesthetic ensuring translation into proto samples.
Ensures execution of fit intent and fit consistency through clear analysis, documentation, communication, adherence to fit standards, and use of block patterns
Develops products, recommends materials, and construction techniques that meet Design expectations and engineer the product to pre-determined gross margin targets, FOB including pre-cost estimates, first costs through to final cost. Provides solutions as necessary
Schedule and Lead sample fit meetings with assistant of technical development, key Designers and Development partners, with or without supervision
Creates the specifications for the products, publishes, and maintains all records, style files, Bill of Materials and samples associated with the product and related programs
Ensures both the technical superiority and the product quality/integrity of all product falling under their responsibilities.
Identifies and assists in the development of department guidelines and standards to ensure operational excellence and consistency across teams
Provide insight and guidance to regional sourcing and Technical team leads and collaborate on construction, production or cost engineering solutions
Some travel overseas to manufactures may be required
Participate in special projects, process or calendar optimization with supervision
Performs these and other duties as assigned
Mentor and coach Assistant technical development
What You Bring
5+ years experience in Technical Design/Product Development in a medium or large size company
Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering, or Manufacturing, or Degree / Certification in Apparel Design, construction, and/or patternmaking or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Lead a fitting or meeting with optional supervision
Independently manage product of moderate to high complexity, troubleshoot and solve moderately complex problems
Good knowledge of fit, patternmaking, and construction expertise, cost engineering and knowledge of manufacturing processes – previous travel to manufacturers a plus
Good knowledge of product category, materials and development lifecycle
Provide systems or moderate training while on-boarding others
Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to create trust with cross functional teams
Clear and accurate verbal and written communication
Strong organizational skills
Proficient computer skills in MS Office software, Adobe Illustrator, and PLM programs.
Knowledge of patternmaking and virtual digital systems, like, Gerber Lectra, Browzwear 3D, Optitex, Clo3D a plus
Deadline driven with a track record for delivering great results on time
Skillset allows easy transfer to other technical design positions across product lines or categories
Where You Will Be Located
NEVER STOP EXPLORING™
The North Face is a subsidiary of VF Corporation. At VF, we outfit consumers around the world with our diverse portfolio of lifestyle brands. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. We are committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for our customers and shareholders.
While our VF company and brands are diverse, we work together within a One VF culture to capitalize on our greatest opportunities for long-term performance. Across our company, a collaborative, global mindset differentiates our products and the unique experiences we provide to our consumers. It all adds up to a lasting competitive advantage built on harnessing the power of our differences to achieve great things together, all while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the world.
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.