Footwear Developer

Do you have the capability to take full ownership of product engineering, ensuring every aspect meets functionality and performance standards?

Can you effectively manage supplier relationships, communicating daily, ensuring critical timelines are met, and acting as the primary contact for suppliers?

Are you skilled in cross-functional collaboration, risk assessment, and providing constructive feedback to ensure product development aligns with targets and standards?
MacGregor Black are partnering with a leading sporting goods brand on the search for a Footwear Developer. This is a permanent role, based in London.

As the Footwear Developer, you will lead the development of the performance footwear from conception to delivery.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Owning the engineering of a product collection, ensuring functionality and performance requirements of the product are met.
  • Day to day supplier communication, gathering key information on styles you own and potential issues within the sampling process.
  • Collaborate cross functionally with design, supply chain teams to ensure that products are risks assessed in a timely manner and that any subsequent risks are highlighted to the correct functions or elevated to management levels.
  • Ensure product is engineered to meet targets, working x-functionally throughout the process with the ability to engineer a product meeting target costs. Flagging to management when costs won’t be achieved.
  • Facilitate and drive the capture of accurate data across input tracking documents.
  • Building product specific questions to communicate with in season wear testers. Responsible for analysing feedback and sharing with the wider business when necessary, through to wear testing sign-off.
  • Ensure that quality and performance standards are met through the sampling process.

What are we looking for?

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working for a sportswear or performance footwear brand.
  • High knowledge of sports technical footwear from all disciplines.
  • Has excellent knowledge of technical performance materials and their properties.
  • High level of experience with modern manufacturing and footwear construction.
  • Strong experience and knowledge of working with overseas factories.
  • To liaise with your team to ensure the briefs are executed correctly and that the vendors are receiving all correct and up-to-date necessary technical information.
  • Excellent knowledge of seasonal footwear development with suppliers and factories; from initial tech pack handover through to launch.
  • Can understand, assess CBD’s and offer solutions to meet the brief and FOB’s pricing.
  • Must be able to understand and manage risk and be able to elevate any risks that impacts on the delivery of the product.
  • Must have excellent attention to detail and be proficient in using Mac OS, Adobe Illustrator. Knowledge of Solidworks or Rhino would be an asset.
  • Confident with 2D blueprints 3D Cads and DXF. shell patterns.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.

Please contact Tom Honeyman for further information.

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Tomas Honeyman

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