Footwear Product Operations & Commercialization Director in Denver, CO

$250K - $500K(Ladders Estimates)

VF Corporation   •  

Denver, CO 80202

Industry: Retail & Consumer Goods


15+ years

Posted 56 days ago

We take great pride in our ability to facilitate exploration for our employees and partners. By joining The North Face family, you will be offered the opportunity, tools and environments to more deeply explore the world around you and make meaningful, lasting connections. You will also be working on a team with a mission to protect our planet for generations to come.

The North Face is part of VF Corporation who guides powerful brands that are fueled by insights and innovation that put us at the heart of our consumers' lives. Many of our brands lead their respective categories, and some have risen to iconic status.

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.

Our North Face and Jansport offices are currently located in Alameda, CA; Smartwool is located in Steamboat, CO; Eagle Creek is located in Carlsbad, CA and Altra Running is located in Logan, UT. All positions at these brands will ultimately be located in Denver, CO. By applying for an open position at any of these brands you will be acknowledging you are able to work as needed in the current office location and transition to Denver at the time in which the team makes the move in 2019.

Footwear Product Operations & Commercialization Director: Become the Newest Member of the VF Family

This senior level position is responsible for overseeing the specifications process and the development teams to assure the on-time development, engineering, and accurate specification publication for all product. Accountable for engineering the highest level of producible, innovative and quality products which meet the needs of the Company. Manages the product development timeline in conjunction with the timelines of the Company's business strategies. Develops products that meet or exceed pre-determined gross margin targets and communicates the specifications and product details to the Sourcing organization and Suppliers. Works under general direction and handles products and issues of the highest complexity. Works independently but brings a track record of success in managing teams of people and multiple processes.

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Manages the development process of company for non-apparel product lines.
  • Creates the specifications for the products, publishes, and maintains all records, style files, and samples associated with the product and related programs.
  • Plans and tracks the development schedule of all products to ensure a timely completion following the pre-determined product development calendar.
  • Ensures both the technical superiority and the product quality/integrity of all products falling under their responsibilities.
  • Develops products that meet or exceed pre-determined gross margin targets
  • Partners with PA to ensure the superior quality and timely delivery of sales samples each season.
  • Partners with Material Sourcing to select new fabrications and processes that go hand in hand with developing innovative and technically superior products each season.
  • Interacts with Product Director, Product Manager, Design, Marketing, Sales, and Quality Assurance to distribute product technical details and assure the accuracy, legality, and integrity of all product performance claims.
  • Perform these and other duties as assigned.

Where You Will Be Located

Denver, Colorado

Skills for Success:

  • Years of Related Professional Experience: 20+
  • Management Experience: Minimum 10 years of demonstrable successes in managing a footwear product development team.
  • Must be detail oriented but able to present the big picture.
  • Works effectively within a team
  • Influential in building positive partnerships with cross functional teams
  • Strong change management, and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of footwear construction, materials and components.
  • Forward thinking and strategic skills.
  • Must be able to handle multiple priorities in efficient manner.
  • Manages and mentors junior product developers.

Educational/ Position Requirements:

  • Educational/Position Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering, or Manufacturing; or Degree or Certification in Apparel Design, construction, and/or patternmaking; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Valid Through: 2019-10-14