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Vans: Developer, Materials Innovation



Software Engineering
Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Now that you’ve found the job description, what’s next?

Vans is “Off The Wall”. To us, “Off the Wall” is a state of mind. It means thinking differently and embracing creative self-expression. It’s choosing your own line on your board and in your life. Vans has over 50 years of connecting to youth culture and we continue to advocate for action sports while recognizing the global “Off the Wall” connection between our brand and art, music, and street culture enthusiasts.

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 who think and live “Off the Wall,” Vans just may be the place for you.

To learn more about our values and our culture, visit Vans Careers or www.vans.com.

What will you do?

A day in the life of a Developer, Materials Innovation at Vans looks a little like this.

As the Developer, Materials Innovation, you will take point on the footwear & apparel materials development advancement that supports the needs of Vans’ innovation team, with a focus on textiles, polymers, compounds, leather and sustainability. This positions works on the Materials Innovation and Sustainability team at Vans and reports to the Director, Materials Innovation and Sustainability.

Let’s break down that day-in-the-life a bit more.

  • Leads the introduction of new material developments/technologies and helps in-line categories throughout the product development cycle
  • Assists Vans footwear/apparel teams with innovative new materials/technologies by developing new material options and creating/optimizing manufacturing processes
  • Conducts research and development with external partners to create new innovative materials that meet the needs of the Vans Innovation product and design teams
  • Research and create solutions for high-impact sustainable materials and processes
  • Seek new innovative materials and technologies from non-footwear/apparel industries to translate and inspire new footwear/apparel material platforms

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 5+ years of experience and professional achievements.

The foundation skills you will need in this position are:

  • Experience with and understanding of the technical underpinnings of consumer and business relevant environmental issues
  • Excellent PC skills
  • Strong presentation skills and proficiency using PowerPoint or other presentation software
  • Strong written and verbal communication and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities effectively, work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work across all levels of the VF organization
  • Experience working with global operations and cultures

What do we offer you?

At Vans, 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 Vans’ benefits package, follow this MyVFBenefits.com and click “Looking to Join VF”.

To learn more about Vans‘ Diversity and Inclusion efforts, go to www.vans.com.

Now WE have a question for YOU.

Are you in?

Hiring Range:

$69,984.00 USD - $87,480.00 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.