Product Department

Product Developer - Apparel

  • Reports directly to VP of Product on all issues relating to development, product quality, vendor relations, material costs, garment costs, and daily communication as it relates to the position
  • Works closely with Product Line Manager to become familiar with the visual line plans targeted goals for the season and source related materials
  • Negotiates garment cost breakdown directly with the factory on material costing and consumption to execute competitive costing
  • Responsible for daily email correspondence communication between all vendors and suppliers
  • Work closely with entire apparel team during all phases of development, to ensure quality standards are being met and to address any concerns as a team
  • Finalize and maintain tech packs including bill of materials, color pages, and trim sheets to ensure all meet Dakine standards prior to initial factory handoff through production
  • Review all prototypes, salesman samples, pre-­‐production, and top of production samples to ensure garment accuracy
  • Work closely with design to assist in updating all tech packs during entire garment life cycle
  • Responsible for trim and fabric sourcing and development
  • Ensure all style information is complete and accurate meeting factory handoff calendar deadlines
  • Work effectively with the Technical Designer to ensure product integrity is maintained while high levels of quality are achieved
  • Attend fittings and document all changes for distribution to the design and development team
  • Maintain master bill of materials during development process
  • Review all lab dips against Pantone standards, review print strike-­‐offs against original art, and communicate adjustments to all vendors and suppliers
  • Responsible for updating sample trackers at sample arrival, noting factory comment documentation when sample review is completed

  • Five or more years of related professional experience in the outdoor/action sports industry
  • Outerwear Experience preferred
  • Knowledge of product lifecycle and product development key deadlines
  • Strong interactive skills and ability to work cooperatively in a team environment
  • Highly organized and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously with great attention to detail
  • Possesses a strong work ethic and ability to perform effectively in a fast-­paced environment
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft® Suite and Adobe® Suite
  • Ability to bend, lift and move product or related office items varying in weight from 1 to 50 lbs
  • Some domestic and international travel may be required
  • Valid US work permit
Dakine Market Knowledge

Dakine lives in a number of action sports markets – Surf, Snowboard, Ski, Skate, Windsurf, Kite, and Bike. We also build a wide range of packs and bags for the Men’s and Women’s lifestyle markets. The staff at Dakine are passionately involved in these sports in their personal time and for their jobs. We have found this to be essential in creating innovative and functional products.

  • Salary is based on experience
  • Eligible for enrollment in our company-sponsored health plan (medical with vision, with options for dental)
  • Eligible for enrollment in our 401k plan
  • Dakine carries a $25,000 life insurance policy on all full-time employees
  • Eligible for Dakine employee discount
  • The Hood River area is a world-class destination for many sports - e.g. snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and motocross
  • Year-round snowboarding / skiing on Mount Hood - the only year-round lift-served area in North America; lifts open until 9 pm during winter
  • Great local skate park
  • City of Portland is a 1-hour drive (staff regularly visit Portland after work and weekends)
  • Oregon Coast is 2.5 hours drive for surfing, wave sailing, etc.
  • Year round population in town: 7,000.  County of Hood River has 22,000 people. Plus large tourism population growth in peak winter and summer months
  • Most of the people in Hood River love to be outside, are passionate about their sports, are very friendly, and care about the environment
  • Many staff ride their bikes or walk to work; the average car commute is 6 minutes (7 minutes at rush hour)
  • Official City Data:

This is a full-time, in-house position. Minimum of five years professional experience is required to apply.

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please email your resume to: [email protected]

Hood River, Oregon