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Apparel Assoc Product Developer

Apparel Assoc Product Developer

Job Locations 
Job Function 
Product - Brand
Min. Exp.(Yrs) 
Full Time

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General Function



Merrell believes nothing should get in the way of enjoying active outdoor adventures. Merrell hiking boots, trail running shoes and apparel are built on Merrell’s outdoor heritage, quality and performance. The trail is the core of our design philosophy and has continued to guide us in the development of innovative products that inspire and enable enjoyment of the outdoors.


Assist in the management the Product Development of the specific categories.  Deliver the best functioning, fitting, performing apparel possible, while executing to Design’s aesthetic intent and corporate margin objectives.

The Apparel Associate Product Developer is responsible for all stages of the development process for their specific category.  Their experience is relied on to raise issues and to seek resolution with their supervisor.

Primary Duties

  • Manage the product development cycle to effectively deliver quality product at the established retail introduction periods and profit margins.
  • Proactively manage the product development process according to the Product Introduction Calendar.
  • Acts as the knowledge sharing hub and a key individual in product development process.
  • On time delivery of all agreed upon key samples
  • Achieve a minimum target margins while, at the same time, providing value for the consumer.
  • Operates with a complete understanding of the product development process (which includes Design, Pre-costing,  Development)
  • Consistently manages systems, timelines, and projects in an organized, well-prioritized manner
  • Involves and communicates with other departments at appropriate times and works pro-actively to stay ahead of timelines
  • Effectively manages development projects: able to identify, access and utilize resources outside of direct control to facilitate development objectives
  • Participate in training (factory visits, material shows, apparel classes, computer training, vendor visits to broaden their awareness of apparel techniques
  • Resolves all pre-costing issues in a complete and timely manner
  • Performing duties consistent with the Company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.
  • Performing other duties as required/assigned by manager.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2-4 years of prior experience in the industry
  • Basic knowledge of apparel manufacturing, patternmaking, fabrication, garment fit/construction.
  • Passion and interest in athletic competition or fitness related activities
  • An eye for details
  • Ability to anticipate potential issues at an early stage
  • Strong ability to multitask and adhere to deadlines. Delivers accurate data on-time and in-full.


Normal office environment.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.

Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).