Associate Product Developer
At Ruffwear, we believe success goes beyond making great gear. Started as a one-person endeavor in 1994, Ruffwear has gained the support of dogs and humans around the world and is one of Outside Magazine's 100 Best Places to Work. Known for innovative products that help people and dogs of all abilities enjoy outdoor spaces together, our “pack” values diverse thinking and voices from different backgrounds. We appreciate a willingness to take intentional risks that promote creativity, strengthen customer relationships, and reduce our impact on the planet. Our privately held company reinvests profits back into our business to keep it sustainable and nimble, and we partner with organizations like The Conservation Alliance to help protect the lands and waterways where canines and humans connect and thrive. Based in Bend, Oregon, we test our products and explore with our own dogs among our nearby forests, rivers, and mountains. Our headquarters recently underwent an innovative renovation to provide a workspace that enhances the wellbeing and creativity of our pack. Our warm and collaborative atmosphere fosters the sharing of ideas through respectful and stimulating dialogue and helps us implement new initiatives with gusto.
This position is responsible for supporting a cohesive, brand-driven and consumer-driven design strategy integrated into the product creation process for softgoods, hardgoods, footwear, accessories, and hardware.
Assist the Product Design team to bring seasonal products to market.
Work collaboratively with the Product Design and Development teams to deliver market-leading products to meet the long-range strategies, GTM calendar, design standards, and seasonal briefing goals.
Collaborate with Designers, Developers, and Ruffwear Vietnam team throughout various phases of the development process.
Coordinate and analyze testing of prospective materials and construction techniques for various end-uses.
Partner with Designers to ensure proper execution of fit throughout the size grading process, analyzing fit testing and suggesting pattern updates to improve product functionality.
Collaborate with Ruffwear’s Vietnam team to ensure technical documentation is current and accurate for in-line products.
Collaborate with the Product Innovation Team to deliver on various projects to improve material and trim functionality across the line.
Manage the entirety of the lab dip process, including scrutinizing color swatches and print strike-offs, and communicating updates with Ruffwear’s Vietnam team to keep the process moving quickly.
Research trends for materials and construction techniques.
Manage and organize materials library.
Manage and organize the sample archive library.
Communicate with overseas partners including Ruffwear’s Vietnam team, supplier partners, and factory partners to respond and resolve problems as they arise.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office setting.
International (minimum of 2x/year) and domestic travel will be required. Some extended International travel required (three weeks or longer).
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design, Fashion Design, or equivalent.
1-3 years of experience in product development.
A combination of years of experience and education may be taken into consideration.
Experience working with patterning and construction of technical soft goods.
Full comprehension of computer-aided 2D design software (Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop).
Working knowledge of 3D CAD software.
A keen eye for color variation, and the willingness to take a color / hue test.
Proficient in G-Suite.
Experience in following up on projects to ensure designs are executed correctly.
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to deliver on deadlines.
Clear and accurate written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work well remotely and independently with overseas factories.
Ability to work outside the job description and assist other departments with projects.
High degree of curiosity and problem-solving skills.
Passion for dogs and first-hand understanding of the interactive bond between canines and humans.
Passion for the outdoors.
Preferred Education and Experience
3+ years of experience in product design and development.
Full comprehension of 3D CAD software.
Experience in product development for the outdoor, apparel, or pet industries (emphasis on soft goods & accessories).
Experience in the outdoor and/or consumer products industry.
Ability to list heavy objects such as bins frequently.