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Senior Product Developer

Columbia Sportswear

Corporate - Portland, OR - Headquarters

Job Description


Responsible for managing the development process for assigned apparel, accessory and/or equipment products by collaborating closely with all cross-functional partners and contract manufacturers to ensure that design integrity, quality, and target price are met/maintained and that products are developed within established timelines.  Influential in selection of development method and factory/LO and must remain true to the creative directions of Design/Merchandising while considering manufacturability of the product. 


  • Collaborate with Designer and Technical Specialist to procure critical design information related to the technical development requirements of a style or product including; material, trim color direction and style intent and tech pack creation
  • Shepherd prototype creation from initial specification creation through  first and second prototype, all fitting iterations and grading processes
  • Some involvement in initial costing estimation of the product and influencing design as it relates to costing.
  • Communicate via email and PDM system all style development information to the appropriate liaison office keeping them abreast of progress and changes.    
  • For the assigned category; ensure that Bills of Materials, specifications, measurements and construction comments are input into database, maintained and accurate.  Manage prototype samples.
  • Create strong cross-functional team interaction with all Product Creation team members as well as manufacturers to ensure a coordinated and efficient process.
  • Assist Product Development Manager on projects/garments as needed. 
  • Maintain reports, records, files, samples pertaining to the process or styles.
  • Mentoring, supervising and/or training of entry level developers.
  • Stay up to date on current trends and understand the market and how it pertains to Columbia Sportswear; keep abreast of product sales information.
  • Extensive knowledge of fabrics and trims associated with the development process.
  • Ensure quality is maintained to established Columbia Sportswear standards. Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Act as an information resource for other developers.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree specializing in related field and five to eight years experience in Product
  • Development, Merchandising, Design or Pattern Making.
  • 5-8 years experience without degree.  Work experience directly related to the apparel product development is desired.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of garment construction methods and manufacturing sewing operations; including pattern making, grading and the marker making process. 
  • Possess strong knowledge of materials and functional aspects of garments. 
  • Possess strong organizational skills and ability to work under pressure, meet strict timelines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. 
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills to deal with various levels of management and employees within the organization as well as vendors and worldwide personnel. 
  • Ability to motivate individuals involved in the production process. 
  • Ability to negotiate production deadlines with individuals/departments involved. 
  • Physical ability to travel worldwide on commercial transportation; visual acuity for analyzing samples and color; sitting, standing, bending, lifting up to 20 pounds and finger dexterity.

Working at Columbia Sportswear is more than a paycheck. It’s a way of life.


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