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Product Developer/Technical Designer- Sport

Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Job Type: Full Time
Date Posted: Nov 28


Boardriders, Inc., is the world’s leading action sports and lifestyle company that designs, produces and distributes branded apparel, footwear and accessories for Boardriders around the world. The Company’s apparel and footwear brands, represent a casual lifestyle for young‐minded people who are inspired by a passion for outdoor action sports. The Company’s Quiksilver, Billabong, Roxy, DC Shoes, RVCA, Element, VonZipper, Xcel, Kustom and Palmers brands have authentic roots and heritage in surf, snow and skate. With approximately 10,000 team members globally, the Company’s products are sold in more than 110 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, skate shops, snow shops, its proprietary Boardriders stores and other Company‐owned retail stores, select department stores and through various e‐ commerce channels.

This is a unique role for the brand where we’ve combined the Product Developer and Technical Designer postion into one role with a specific focus on our Sport category. This person will be responsible for managing the entire life cycle of the garment from tech pack handoff through fittings. The PD/TD is responsible to ensure product maintains design intent while meeting all company margin targets, quality standards and on time deliverables. The person will run the fittings, make pattern/spec adjustments, and communicate directly with the factories to ensure the best product is delivered. This person will partner with design, merchandising, and development teams.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Managing assigned categories to ensure on time samples (product life cycle management) that meet design intent and brand quality standards
  • Daily communication with vendors to ensure all samples are accurate and received on time
  • Negotiate costs with vendors to ensure margin requirements are met at style and category level. Partner closely with sourcing team
  • Partner closely with design to engineer product to meet margin targets
  • Partner closely with design team and tech design team on all approvals related to product development
  • Manage to calendar to ensure all critical milestones are met (support peers across departments) to meet all deadline deliverables and ensure fully commercialized product prior to PO’s
  • Partner closely with production team on all production deliverables
  • Be the category expert – be knowledgeable of category status and manage all reporting for assigned categories
  • Work closely with design to translate the design sketch into a spec sheet. Prepare, maintain, and update spec sheets
  • Take the lead on Research and Development of new fabrics/construction techniques to support company initiatives of R&D and design team for assigned categories
  • Provide call-outs and critiques during the fittings to verify that all issues are identified
  • Fit garment on model and identify and make any necessary adjustments to pattern and/or specs to improve fit


  • Must have 5-7 years of experience as a sport/active technical designer and product developer
  • Must have experience in both mens and womens
  • Must have prior experience working with overseas suppliers
  • Must have prior experience working in a wholesale business model
  • Must have extensive experience in product construction/fabric construction/wash and print techniques/component level cost management and calendar adherence management
  • Must have experience leading fittings and making adjustments with spec sheets
  • Must be deadline driven and detail oriented
  • Must be able to multi task and work in fast paced environment
  • Must be proactive with a solution/result oriented attitude
  • Must have excellent communication and follow through skills
  • Must be PC & MAC computer literate in Applications – Adobe Illustrator, Word, Excel, PLM, Gerber or Lectra knowledge
  • Must work well in a team environment
  • Must possess a keen eye to identify fit issues and recommend solutions
  • Must have a strong understanding of garment construction and fabric types for performance product in both mens and womens
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