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Head of Product Development - Technical Performance Apparel

Company: Alpinestars
Location: Torrance
Posted on: June 20, 2022

Job Description:

Head of Product Development - Technical Performance ApparelAlpinestarsAlpinestars, since its inception in 1963, is now the world-leading manufacturer of professional racing products, motorcycling airbag protection, high-performance apparel, and technical footwear. Alpinestars understands that the best design and research is achieved under extreme conditions. Our involvement in Formula 1, NASCAR, AMA and World Motocross and MotoGP has led to the creation of the most advanced technical equipment for the world racing's top athletes and individuals from around the globe. Alpinestars stands for quality, protection, technology, and style. One Goal. One Vision.What You'll DoThe Head of Product Development - Technical Performance Apparel leads and manages the product development team who are responsible for the development and execution of Alpinestars technical performance product. The Head of Product Development - Technical Performance Apparel role is critical to Design, Product Line Development / Management, Technical Staff, and Suppliers. Under your leadership, the team, will push boundaries with innovative and industry-defining technical performance apparel and accessories. You will drive the future of product development that is leading innovation in the action sports industry.What You BringYou are a critical thinker and creative problem solver, with the ability to anticipate product/process issues before they arise. You have exposure and experience in the complete product creation lifecycle; from design to materials/trims to garment construction, in a wide range of product types. You have demonstrated quality leadership, talent development and can nurture strong attention to detail and clear, concise communication.

  • Lead critical evaluation of prototypes against the intended design, specifications, and line plan to achieve the final approved bulk product.
  • Produce a range of products in accordance with the timeline and margin expectations of the season with the ability to identify and employ efficiency tactics.
  • Collaborate with Production to actively manage factory relationships including workflow, costing, and timelines.
  • Manage the product development process for inline and special make up product, being considerate of materials, construction that meet design expectations, quality standards, delivery requirements, and margin goals
  • Execute fit intent considerate of design, end use, trend, and intent of the product through clear analysis, documentation, communication, and adherence to fit and brand identity standards
  • Manage Block Library in partnership with technical design team
  • Partner with factories to ensure the highest quality production and develop new fabric, construction techniques, processes and samples needed to create innovative and technically sound product.
  • Attend and oversee all fittings with technical design team.
  • Ensure all products are developed in line with Alpinestars policies, procedures, and compliance standards.
  • Partner with design on new concepts and techniques to support continuous product innovation.
  • Negotiate profitable product costs and contract terms (inclusive of lead times) with vendors and manufacturers to achieve margin goals.
  • Find and vet new factories, as well as evaluate current supplier base against KPI's on a seasonal and/or yearly basis.
  • Strong people and relationship management with experience creating teams and partnerships across all functions, recruiting, hiring, retaining, and developing strategic plans for teams, ensure that each member of the team has a development plan and performance review in place, and demonstrate / set expectations for effective, clear, and timely communication throughout the product development team.What You Need: - - - - - - -Expertise in the Technical Performance Apparel and Accessory Product Lifecycle: end-to-end process from design to delivery - - - - - - -Ability to effectively identify and resolve problems - - - - - - -Understanding of materials, fabric construction and performance - - - - - - -Strong organizational skills with attention to accuracy and detail - - - - - - -Strong ability to work effectively across multiple functions with business colleagues domestically and internationally - - - - - - -Highly proficient in International Trade Law and US Apparel and Customs regulations - - - - - - -Proficient in PLM and Full CircleWhat You Have: - - - - - - -Bachelor's Degree - - - - - - -10+ years of technical performance product development in the action sports industry - - - - - - -10+ Years People Management experience - - - - - - -Proven experience and deep understanding of technical performance apparel - - - - - - -Ability to travel, domestic and international, as required.Alpinestars is a people first culture with competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that offers medical, dental, vision, life insurance, vacation time, paid holidays, sick pay, 401K savings plan with company match, product discounts and team building events.
    This is a full-time, on-site position located in Torrance, CA.Alpinestars is anequal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered foremployment -without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Keywords: Alpinestars, Torrance , Head of Product Development - Technical Performance Apparel, IT / Software / Systems , Torrance, California

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