VF Corporation JanSport: Product Developer, Equipment in Alameda, California

Job Description


The primary responsibilities of the Product Developer are to contribute to the development, engineering, and specifications processes of innovative and technologically advanced products that meet the needs of JanSport’s customers and end users. The Product Developer is responsible for engineering the highest level of innovative and quality products and executing to the product development timeline in conjunction with the timelines of the Brand’s business strategies. Will work to develop products which meet or exceed predetermined gross margin targets and communicate the specifications and product details to the Sourcing Organization and Suppliers.


  • Manage the development process of company product lines as assigned.

  • Plans and tracks the development schedule of all products to ensure a timely completion following the predetermined product development calendar.

  • Ensures both the technical superiority and the product quality/integrity of all products falling under their responsibilities.

  • Develops products, recommends materials and construction techniques that meet Design expectations and meet or exceed predetermined gross margin targets.

  • Ensures execution of product construction through clear analysis, documentation, communication, adherence to all product standards.

  • Creates the specification for all products, publishes, and maintains all records, style files, and samples associated with the product and related programs.

  • Partners with Product and Material Sourcing and Manufacturers to develop new materials, construction techniques, processes, and samples used to create innovative and technically superior products each season.

  • Interacts with Product Director, Product Manager, Design, Marketing, Sales, and Quality Assurance to distribute product technical details and assures the accuracy, legality, and integrity of all product performance claims.

  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.


  • 3+ years of experience in Technical Design/Product Development in a medium or large size company, preferably in the outdoor industry.

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering, or Manufacturing; or Degree or Certification in Apparel Design, construction, and/or pattern making; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Computer/Software Applications: Demonstrates proficient computer skills in MS Office software, Adobe Illustrator, and Specification Management programs. Knowledge of pattern making systems a plus.

  • Able to lead product review or meeting with optional supervision.

  • Able to independently manage product of moderate to high complexity.

  • Demonstrates a solid product knowledge, pattern making, and construction expertise, and knowledge of manufacturing processes.

  • Demonstrates a solid knowledge of product category, product materials, and product development lifecycle.

  • Demonstrates great interpersonal skills, including the ability to create trust with cross functional teams.

  • Participates in special projects, process or calendar optimization with supervision.

  • Able to resolve conflict with coaching.

  • Some overseas travel required.

  • Able to proactively troubleshoot and proposes solutions to problems with moderate complexity.

  • Demonstrates clear and accurate verbal and written communication.

  • Participates in goal setting. Drives results to achieve goals.

  • Demonstrates strong organizational skills.

  • Deadline driven with track record for delivering great results on time.

  • Some overseas travel required: 15%

Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.

VF Diversity Vision Statement

VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.