Eddie Bauer

  • Product Developer

    Location US-WA-Bellevue
    Job ID
    Product Development
  • Overview

    Strategically interpret and develop the commercialization and engineering of product to meet design vision, merchant requirements and company financial goals. Manage the product development and product integrity of merchandise across assigned categories. Ensure all Eddie Bauer products achieve the fit, construction and quality requirements to meet customer expectations, brand positioning and are aligned with Design and Merchandising objectives.        





    Core Accountabilities:

    • Recommend materials and construction techniques to meet or exceed IMU goals set by Product Line Merchants.
    • Develop and maintain detailed spec packs from Design hand-off to Production for assigned categories; work closely with Design counterpart to ensure design integrity is maintained throughout the product development process.
    • Own and manage development samples, including complete sample tracking process, to ensure samples arrive on-time to meet calendar deadlines.  Evaluate sample execution with Design and communicate sampling performance with vendors.
    • Communicate the specification and product details in timely manner with Sourcing partners and vendors, so that they can manage the item costing process.
    • Communicate daily with cross functional teams and vendors regarding all issues pertinent to accurate execution of samples throughout development process.
    • Track all sample approvals for final bulk approval and style file.
    • Lead fit sessions and own process of advising/correcting specification packages to meet the design aesthetic & company financial goals, while maintaining the appropriate fit for the EB customer.
    • Ensure fit intent and fit consistency by adhering to fit standards and block patterns. Maintain all records, style files and samples associated with the product.
    • Based on assigned categories, may be responsible for management of material and yarn development.
    • Identify and proactively resolve production, quality and cost issues with cross-functional partners prior to the start of Production.
    • Manage all communication with Vendors related to sample development & fit approval.
    • Manage commercialization timeline; be able to articulate statuses of each product from Development through Production, ensuring calendar deadlines are met.
    • Create & adhere to seasonal product development sub calendars.
    • Support department workload by assisting other Managers and Product Developers as needed.
    • Travel to factories as needed for seasonal development.
    • Follow current market trends especially in fit and styling to enhance knowledge and therefore affect overall product fit, quality and salability.
    • May lead a team of associate/assistant level product developers.


    Leadership Expectations:

    • Operate with the highest level of conduct, integrity, and confidentiality; setting the example for leaders and associates.
    • Develop and nurture strong cross functional partnerships; driving business results and inspiring a culture of transparency, collaboration, and accountability.
    • Serve as an Eddie Bauer advocate in the industry and marketplace.




    Education/Experience Required:

    • 5 years work experience in garment manufacturing, product development, and specification development
    • Two-year technical design degree with apparel focus, desired.
    • Advanced computer skills; Excel and Word is highly desired.


    Physical Requirements:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that are required by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

    • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to talk or hear. The associate is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; as well as reach with hands and arms.
    • The associate must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
    • Ability to work in open environment with fluctuating temperatures and standard lighting.
    • Ability to work on computer and mobile phone for multiple hours; with frequent interruptions
    • Required to travel in elevator or stairwells to attend meetings and engage with associates on multiple floors throughout building.
    • Hotel, Airplane, and Car Travel Required.


    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

    This is a full-time position.  As an International Retailer, occasional evening and/or weekend work may be required during periods of high volume.  This role operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment.


    Other Considerations:

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the associate for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the role.



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