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Product Development Manager - MEC

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: Design
Province: Vancouver, British Columbia
Position: Product Development Manager
Deadline: June 20, 2014
Posted: June 11, 2014

Job Description / Duties

What you’ll be doing:

- Providing leadership and direction to the Technical Developers (TDs), Pattern Makers and Sample Sewers to enable them to deliver great product
- Managing and coordinating the work flow of the product development process.
- Creating and maintaining the seasonal product development project list (PDP list) for apparel and hardgoods
- Working with the Sourcing Team, TD’s and designers to ensure products are delivered at the briefed cost target through the consideration of the cost implications embedded in the product designs
- Ensuring the processes and functions of the TD’s and Pattern Team remains relevant as the team and objectives evolve
- Keeping all cross-functional team members engaged, aligned and informed
- Scheduling and running the Bi-weekly PDP meetings
- Managing the workflow of the pattern team and sewing team
- Overseeing all fit sessions to ensure the fit intention is adhered to and there is consistency across product lines
- Actively participating in implementing the HIGG Index throughout the product development teams at MEC

Qualifications / Required Skills

What you need to do it well:

- Post-secondary education in Apparel or Industrial Design
- 5-7 years’ experience managing a product development team
- Demonstrated leadership skills
- Proven ability to manage, coach and develop others
- Development expertise within, or related to, outdoor apparel and product.
- Exceptional passion and knowledge for outdoor equipment and the related activities
- Strong technical fabric and garment construction knowledge
- Strong project management, problem solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills
- Strong interpersonal communication skills – proven success in the ability to develop a credible, trusting rapport with individuals as well as small and large groups of people is a must have
- Entrepreneurial spirit and an egoless nature

Additional Information

Salary: annual salary based on experience

Contact Information

How to apply:
Interested candidates are asked to apply on our website only. Please visit to set up a profile, apply for this position or browse through current job postings at MEC. Only applications received through our website will be considered. We thank all applicants for their time and interest in MEC, but will only contact those selected for an interview. Deadline to apply is June 20, 2014

Employer Profile

About MEC:
An outdoor retail co-operative, MEC exists to encourage and inspire Canadians to live active outdoor lifestyles. From backcountry trails to city streets, MEC supports a range of outdoor activities, including climbing, hiking, camping, snowsports, watersports, cycling, running and yoga. Well known for selling high-quality well-designed products that offer great value, MEC employs outdoor enthusiasts who possess a strong service ethic to provide its members with an authentic and accessible customer experience. MEC has more than 3.5 million members across Canada, whom it serves through 17 stores in 6 provinces as well as and the Shop MEC iPhone® app. Anyone can join MEC by purchasing a $5 individual lifetime membership in the Co-op.

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