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2017614: Footwear Developer
Location:Salt Lake City, Utah
Company:Black Diamond Equipment
Department:Development Engineering
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Shift Work:No
Position Summary:

The Black Diamond Footwear Developer is responsible to manage the new product development activities for all Black Diamond Footwear. Together with the project team the Footwear Developer will manage the different activities from concept phase until mass production to ensure that project costs and timelines - as well as other project objectives -are being met and products can be introduced successfully.

During the product design phases the Footwear Developer is responsible to manage manufacturability,supply chain design, total cost and investments and project timeline.Throughout the project phase the Footwear Developer is the glue that ties design teams to other functions in the organization and assures a seamless introduction of new footwear projects into the mass production cycle.

In close cooperation with Supplier Development, Sourcing and Supply Chain Management, the Product Development Engineer is a key participant in the process of sourcing and qualifying new vendors and suppliers. After products have been successfully developed the Development Engineer is also responsible to coordinate continuous improvement activities to improve the performance of products that are being produced. 




Minimum of a Bachelor of Arts and/or Science degree from an accredited University or College



Professional training in Textiles, Design and Business disciplines.


Work Experience


Minimum of 3-5 years experience working in a footwear development group of highly motivated product developers.

Must have the proven ability to understand design concepts and have a clear track record of developing footwear that meets all development objectives (Design, costing, quality and delivery).

Must have extensive experience working independently both domestically and in Asia developing products with contractors and material suppliers. He/She must be comfortable negotiating (costs, lead-times, agreement, compliance charge backs, etc.).

Skills and General Experience:
  • Experience with developing footwear and related products.
  • Knowledge of project management and product development process.
  • Experience with new product introduction, project planning and production ramp up
  • Experience with mass production fabrication techniques related to footwear
  • Experience in sourcing products, assessing and qualifying vendors and negotiating costing, minimum order quantities and supplier capacities
  • Experience with make or buy analyses and total cost analyses
  • Experience with strategic vendor management
  • Good analytical skills and excellent problem solving skills required. 

Alternative qualification

Required licenses:  Valid passport and drivers’ license

Required ability to travel: He/She must be willing to travel within the contiguous United States of America (USA), as well as, abroad to work with suppliers, contractors, and others. He/She may also attend relevant off site events as required to complete his/her job responsibilities. This position may require a total travel time away from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA of up to twenty percent (20%) of the work year or fifty-two (52) business day or ten (10) weeks per year.

Personality & Professional Skill Requirements:

Alignment with Black Diamond values

- Must share and believe in Black Diamond’s corporate values, culture and passions. He/She must be an active skier, snowboarder, climber, and/or mountaineer.

Communication skills

-Must have the ability to clearly, concisely and accurately communicate technical product issues in both written and verbal form. Must be able to shift communication styles to interact successfully with different types of people.

Team player

-He/She must value working in a team environment and strive to contribute to the team’s success. Understands and respects the unique roles that each member plays. 


-Must be self-directed, action-oriented, mature, team player, confident, decisive, creative problem solver always willing to think outside the box.  Must be persistent – doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer and eager to search out solutions to the challenge at hand.