VF Corporation VF Outdoor: Technical Color Developer in Alameda, California

Job Description


As a member of the Color Quality Assurance team, the Technical Color Developer is responsible for working closely with both the Color Quality Team and the Color Design Team to support the brand’s seasonal color needs.

The ideal candidate has either spent time as a Color Analyst reviewing lab dips and bulk production, understands the technical components of color, is proficient with a spectrophotometer, and is also well versed in the creative side of the business, or has spent time in a design or creative role and has an interest in managing the technical side of a brand’s color palette while engaging with Design to support their aesthetic vision for the product.


  • Create and maintain seasonal color-calibrated .ase files and corresponding Design tools, as well as oversight of related equipment.

  • Manage Color QA tools (color libraries (digital and physical), color swatches, and color tools).

  • Support Color Design Team during seasonal palette development (review proposed colors for existing library overlap, and commercialize inspiration swatches).

  • Manage the assessment and communication of the seasonal color palette’s feasibility assessment.

  • Support the Design community’s ability to achieve their aesthetic vision for our products through educational seminars and/or services.

  • Support the Color Coordinator’s responsibilities related to systems requirements for color, when needed.


  • Professional experience: 3-5 years in Color QA or Design in a medium to large sized company, preferably in the outdoor industry.

  • Bachelors or Masters in Textiles, Design or a related field.

  • Color science and/or textile product dyeing and finishing experience or training a plus.

  • Spectrophotometer operation and related data-management skills.

  • Proficient knowledge of the Adobe CC suite.

  • Proficient MS Office skills (Word and Outlook).

  • Intermediate MS Excel skills.

  • Understands the natural tension between QA and Design, and can manage tradeoffs accordingly.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Creative problem solving skills.

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written).

  • Strong interactive and collaborative skills.

  • High color perception required (color vision). Testing required for qualification.

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.