Footwear Development Manager

Footwear Development Manager



Manages the development of footwear products, from design through commercialization, in support of

marketing and design specifications, and the “perfect fit” objective. Provides effective transition of footwear

designs from proto-type into production while monitoring manufacturability, material selection, quality

standards, the bill of materials and development schedule.


Key Responsibilities:

• Engineers product that consistently exceeds consumer expectations with respect to fit, comfort,

fashion, performance, perceived value, and quality; Identifies product needs and engineers the

product in a way that maximizes product attributes while minimizing cost.

• Establishes and maintains strong working relationships with internal stakeholders; clearly

communicates the corporate and category strategy and the impact of each project and ensures on

time product releases.

• Takes ownership for the entire development process for assigned products, with an emphasis on

quality product development and timely completion of all tasks in accordance with the applicable

operating calendar.

• Exhibits a “product eye”; has a feel for styling, product cosmetics and who the target consumer is, in

turn, helping to drive the direction of the overall product direction.

• Actively participates in product teardown sessions to evaluate the engineering of each model and

compare to requests and costs.

• Utilizes internal systems and communication tools to expedite development process.


Key Relationships:

Internally: Product Marketing, Design, Product Testing and Engineering, Product Creation Technologies,

Quality, Costing, FE Development, Production Operations, and Sourcing

Externally: Factory personnel, material suppliers, fit testers, vendors, athletes, and consumers


Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

• Strong project management skills

• Ability to work independently under minimal guidance on several projects simultaneously while

adhering to a specified deadline.

• Knowledge of the shoe making process; ability to read shell patterns, blueprints, spec sheets, cost

breakdowns, etc.

 Understanding of the costing process; ability to decipher cost breakdowns and relate to product.

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills

• Ability to effectively interact with different departments (marketing, design), Far East/Liaison Offices,

and manufacturing partners via phone, written communication, and in person.

• Ability to create, plan and deliver presentations.

Mindset to improve processes, challenge status quo in order to reach Creation Center Goals of Speed,  Complexity Reduction and Consumer Service.


Minimum Qualifications:

1.     Four year college or university degree.

2.     3-5 years related work experience in the athletic footwear industry, specializing in product development, design and/or marketing.

3.     International travel required as requested

4.     Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree.

5.     Passion and interest in athletic competition or fitness related activities

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Job Title:  Footwear Development Manager

Brand:  Reebok
Location:  Barcelona
TEAM:  Product Development
Country/Region:  ES
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  213570