Position Summary

Responsible for providing the Specialized Product Management, Design and Development teams with clear and concise costing feedback that provides actionable transparency to material and manufacturing costs

Lead and influence product cost optimization based on discussions with Specialized teammates, manufacturing partners, and material suppliers throughout all phases of development


Key Responsibilities

  • Actively engage Specialized Product Managers, Designers and Developers so that project cost drivers are managed and optimized

  • Create cost estimates by collaborating with Product Management on briefs, Design on concepts, and Developers on construction and usage rates

  • Develop & maintain tools/documentation to provide a predictive costing model to inform Specialized Product Management and Designers Coordinate/conduct detailed reviews/analysis of materials selection, design, and construction processes at critical development milestones to optimize product cost against performance goals

  • Manage inputs to product costing such as raw material prices, material waste impacts, construction/labor costs, and tooling cost/amortization Collaborate with Supply Chain to analyze product forecast volumes to identify potential raw material production capacity issues and volume discounts on materials

  • Attend sample review meetings to provide footwear costing insights

  • Maintain complete and accurate costing data throughout the necessary PLM systems


Background, Experience, and Qualifications

  • 5+ years of footwear development and/or manufacturing experience

  • Able to drive consensus and challenge design and development teams by proposing alternative construction processes that improve product quality and margin optimization

  • Firm understanding of footwear development process, construction method

  • Advanced knowledge of manufacturing process costs for technical footwear Fluent (speaking & written) in both English and Mandarin

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Proven ability to complete both quantitative and qualitative analysis to achieve target costs/margins Ability to work well with individuals and teams of different countries and cultures

  • Exceptional follow through and attention to detail

  • Result oriented self-starter with the ability to work with minimal oversight in a fast paced environment

  • Willing and able to travel both domestically and internationally (Asia, Europe, USA)

  • Creative problem solver who will research and drive collective resolution

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