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Vans: Developer, SMU Footwear



Software Engineering
Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2023

Vans is a leading action sports footwear company that has an extensive history of manufacturing excellence. We carry a sense of purpose to enable creative expression – and inspire youth culture – by celebrating and encouraging the Off the Wall attitude that comes from expressing your true self. As a SMU Footwear Developer, you are in charge of managing footwear projects from establishment of the tech package to final confirmation. The projects you are overseeing are inclusive of in-line, Rider samples, sales samples and product confirmation samples-category respective. In this position, you are responsible for the timely confirmation of projects in the Developers respective category and support the commercialization/production effort. Here at Vans, it is about thinking differently. It is the essence of “being you” – embracing personal style and expressing oneself in every way possible. Vans welcomes the daring and the fearless. Bring your talent and ambition to Vans and in turn, Vans will open many doors for you to grow and develop inspirational and courageous pieces.

Join the Vans Family

Vans® is the original action sports footwear company, rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, we have thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the creative voyagers within our company and community. For them, creativity is about the journey, not just the output. Our mission is to empower everyone to use creativity to discover themselves. Our vision is to create a world where anyone can be their unique self.

At Vans, our culture sets us apart and influences everything we do. We are driven by our five values: We have HEART – also referred to as the “Van Doren Spirit”. We are relentlessly CURIOUS about our consumers and the world around us. We are UNAPOLOGETICALLY AUTHENTIC and whole heartedly believe the most “Off the Wall” thing you can do is be yourself. We are driven by a spirit of INGENUITY. And we are passionate about local COMMUNITIES. And most of all, we are a family that has fun together.

At Vans we empower creative exploration and inspire youth culture through a commitment to inclusivity. We welcome anyone and everyone into our global family and proudly celebrate and environment where individuality is embraced, equal opportunities thrive, and everyone is empowered to reach their greatest potential.

By joining our family, you will be immersed in an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work hard across a multitude of initiatives to bring the Van Doren Spirit to life. We live for what we do.

How You Will Make a Difference

What you will do:

You will collaborate with design, merchandising and Asia development to deliver product objectives and meet calendar timelines. You will maintain target go-in margins while working proactively to achieve them. You will have the opportunity to furnish footwear coordinator with accurate, timely project information in support of the footwear development line list within Flex PLM.

How you will do it:

Effectively evaluate materials for cost, physical characteristics, and function to specify appropriate materials for development projects and ensure cost-effectiveness. Work effectively with fit and wear testing to ensure the integrity of the design is maintained while high levels of quality and performance are achieved. Provide clear and written verbal communication regarding product, allowing VF staff to execute accordingly.

What success looks like:

Success in this role will be working with the US and Asia development teams to deliver on time products to accounts based on the global and SMU calendar dates. This includes getting out DSR’s in a timely manner and confirming and updating PLM before close of sales dates.

Free To Be, Inclusion & Diversity

As a mission-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Skills for Success

Years of Related Professional Experience: 5+ years

Educational Position Requirements:

A formal education and subsequent undergraduate/graduate degrees are nice to have, but we are most interested in your total experience and professional achievements.

What we expect you already know:

  • Strong computer skills
  • Cross-cultural communication skills
  • Embraces the Vans lifestyle and culture
  • Follows through with all tasks, assignments, and job duties in a timely manner

What we will teach you:

  • How to work in and use Flex PLM
  • How to build BOM’s in Flex PLM
  • How to develop across all genders and categories of footwear Vans produces
  • How to work with multiple Regions building and managing your own line of products

VF Guiding Principles: Live with Integrity, Act Courageously, Be Curious, Act with Empathy, and Perservere.

What’s in it For You

We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package. Go to MyVFBenefits.com and click on “Looking to Join VF?” to learn more.

Our Parent Company, VF Corporation

VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling. Learn more at vfc.com

We just have one question. Are you in?

Pay Range:

$69,984.00 USD - $104,976.00 USD annually

Incentive Potential:

This position is eligible for additional compensation awards that may include an annual incentive plan, sales incentive, or commission potential. Specific details of the additional compensation eligibility for this position will be provided during the recruiting and interview process.

Benefits at VF Corporation:

You can review a general overview of each benefit program offered, including this year's medical plan rates on www.MyVFbenefits.com and by clicking Looking to Join VF? Detailed information on your benefits will be provided during the hiring process.

Please note, our pay ranges are determined and built from market pay data. In determining the specific compensation for this position, we comply with all local, state, and federal laws.