• Associate Apparel Developer

    Job Locations US-MI-Rockford
    Wolverine Apparel & Accessories
    Job Function
    Product - Brand
    Min. Exp.(Yrs)
    Full Time
  • General Function


    Wolverine Worldwide is a global marketer of branded footwear, apparel, and accessories. With an established global footprint that spans approximately 200 countries and territories, as well as a rock-solid infrastructure, Wolverine Worldwide is dedicated to advancing the following brands that comprise the ever-expanding portfolio: Bates, Chaco, Cat Footwear, Harley Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies, Keds, Merrell, Saucony, Sperry, and Wolverine. Wolverine Worldwide’s continued success is driven by our ability to stay true to our simple mission: we empower, engage and inspire our consumers – every step of the way.

    The Associate Apparel Developer plays a key role in the continued improvement and growth of apparel by providing support for the brand team.  Key responsibilities include supporting the design and development of all Apparel and assisting in the execution of brand initiatives.

    Primary Duties

    • Execute accurate data entry and garment measuring as a key function of the apparel design and development process.
    • Partner with design in establishing all product specifications required in the Tech Pack including technical sketches, measurements, Bill of Materials, and prototype critiques.
    • Coordinate with design and development to ensure all design sketches conform to the technical requirements for development.
    • Prepare and maintain accurate specifications for assigned styles, including graded spec, construction details and sewing instructions.
    • Act as a proactive conduit between the product line manager and design and development throughout the development of the design idea.
    • Ensure the timeliness and clarity of the proto critiques, accuracy of the specification pack and eventually the accuracy of the sales sample and production tech packs.
    • Create documented critiques of each prototype against its agreed product specification, tracking all comments, changes and specifications during the following stages of critique:
      • Garmet measurement.
      • Fit session and Design review on fit model with Designer and Product Line Manager.
    • Eliminate errors and delays by proactively communicating with development partners during the entire development process.
    • Work with design and development to maintain an accurate Bill of Materials and costing sheet for each style.
    • Carry out the development of products following the agreed upon design and development process and timelines on time, accurate, and in full.
    • Follow a product brief and assist designer to deliver a product that adheres to a specific target Freight On Board.
    • Continually researches market and competitive trends around size, fit and construction techniques and assess components and constructions used in apparel.
    • 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 in design or equivalent work experience.
    • 1+ years development experience in Apparel.
    • Strong computer skills. Adobe Illustrator, Excel, Word and preferably WebPDM.
    • Good organization skills and strong attention to detail.
    • Strong ability to multitask and adhere to deadlines. Delivers accurate data on-time.
    • Basic knowledge of apparel manufacturing, patternmaking, fabrication, garment fit/construction.
    • Communicate complex concepts and technical instructions to people who speak English as a secondary language.
    • Accept accountability. Identify solutions.
    • Comprehend basics of apparel industry: retail, wholesale aspects.
    • Understand the product development process.

    Normal office environment.  Minimal travel required, both domestic and international.  May require occasional lifting and/or carrying up to 50 lbs.  Flexibility to work outside normal hours to meet deadlines.


    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).


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