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Altra: Product Developer



Software Engineering, Product
Denver, CO, USA
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024
Now that you’ve found the job description, what’s next?
At Altra, we are on a never-ending journey to seek out opportunities to unlock potential in ourselves and others and to create a more diverse and inclusive running community. When we’re all working together as the best versions of ourselves, we can feel empowered both individually and as a community.
So, before we get to the job details, take a minute to learn a little more about us – our values and our culture. If you can see yourself working side-by-side with a team of people driven to discover more about ourselves and the world around us, Altra just may be the place for you.
To learn more about our values and our culture, visit Altra Careers or www.altrarunning.com.
What will you do?
A day in the life of a Product Developer at Altra looks a little like this.
The Product Developer will be responsible for driving the development, engineering, fit, margin adherence and specifications for new and existing Footwear from Final Design Review to Commercialization with a focus on Project based management. Drive footwear product development from seasonal kickoff to confirmation for production. You will be responsible for collaborating with and supporting overall footwear cross-functional teams to create best in class performance footwear. You will do this by focusing on footwear best practices/standards, fit and comfort, providing technical solutions, building product at cost and ensuring product quality.
Let’s break down that day-in-the-life a bit more.
  • Manage the development of products from kickoff to production ensuring triad adherence to the product creation calendar milestones through pro-active follow ups.
  • Initiate and lead meetings with product teams during various phases of development to review, evaluate, update and ultimately drive the decision-making process that leads to on time Buy Ready and achieves margin goals.
  • Confirm final development samples on time and ensure samples meet expected quality and accuracy standards. Manage retention and storage of samples in coordination with the Commercialization Manager.
  • Work with VF Asia Development and factory Costing, Development, Engineering and Manufacturing teams to identify and leverage potential manufacturing efficiencies to drive reduced product cost.
  • Evaluation and review of tooling including but not limited to reading 2D blueprints, reviewing 3D CADs and printing 3D components for physical review prior to approval to opening sample molds.
  • Collaborate with VFA Asia development and the Materials Developer to recommend materials and provide technical expertise on constructions that meet Design intent without risking product integrity/quality, while meeting or exceeding gross margin targets.
  • Provide the Commercialization Manager and Senior Product Developer product information needed to execute the wear testing of their projects from early prototypes to final confirmed sample testing.
  • Collaborates with design team on the creation of technical packages (CADs, Shell Patterns, Tooling Artwork, Product Details, etc) which are used to build BOMs/specifications in Flex PLM.
  • Publish the complete tech pack to factories and VFA development and maintain all records, files and samples associated with the products development.
  • Ensure execution of fit through clear analysis, documentation, communication, adherence to fit standards, and partnering with the US Commercialization Manager, VF Asia Development and Commercialization teams.
  • Address quality issues as they arise and collaborate with the US product team, VF Asia Product Supply, Quality Assurance, Marketing, Planning and Sales to ensure the accuracy and integrity of all product performance claims.
  • Perform these and other duties as assigned.
  • Attend VF Asia collaborative meetings with Development, Global Material Sourcing and Global Product Costing.
What do you need to succeed?
We all have unique skills that we bring to work and celebrate every day. For this role, there are foundation skills you’ll need to succeed and excel. Additionally, while formal education in a related field is great to have, we are most interested in your 2+ years of experience and professional achievements.
The foundation skills you will need in this position are:
  • Self-driven and able to independently manage products through the Development cycle
  • Detail oriented with strong project management, organizational, work ethic and teamwork skills
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Demonstrates a complete understanding of the development process from brief hand-off to production
  • Demonstrates a complete understanding of tooling processes including 2D/3D CAD and CAM processes
  • Demonstrates a complete understanding of materials, pattern engineering, tooling processes and mold construction
  • Demonstrates a complete understanding of product categories, materials, and product development cycle
  • Contributes to and leads special/long-term projects as they arise
  • Competent in Adobe Illustrator, Product Management/Development systems and Microsoft Office program suite
  • Overseas and domestic travel will be required on a seasonal basis. Irregular working hours should be expected during peak periods when deadlines are present
What do we offer you?
At Altra, we know you expect as much from us as we do from you. That is why we make a commitment to support and grow our people. We offer extensive development and growth opportunities for your current and future positions, a competitive compensation package, and a strong benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and 401(k).
Our commitment extends beyond this and into your daily work life. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive culture based on respect, connection, and authenticity. Our focus on DEI is at the foundation of who we are and what we do.
To learn more about Altra’s benefits package, follow this MyVFBenefits.com and click “Looking to Join VF”.
To learn more about Altra’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, go to www.altrarunning.com.
Now WE have a question for YOU.
Are you in?

Hiring Range:

$55,296.00 USD - $69,120.00 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 hiring 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.

At VF, we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at peopleservices@vfc.com. VF will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Pursuant to all applicable local Fair Chance Ordinance requirements, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, VF will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.