Job Details

Materials Developer

KEEN, Portland, Oregon

Full Time - Corporate/Business

Salary Range: DOE

Close Date: 11/16/2020

The Materials Developer is responsible for delivering new materials to the aesthetic and technical needs for the product creation team. The role will serve as the liaison between KEEN Headquarters product teams and our established international material sourcing teams. 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Drives consensus and challenges the design and creative teams by proposing material solutions that improve product quality and margin optimization
  • Develops new materials ensuring an optimum balance of design aesthetics while meeting physical property, cost and manufacturing requirements. Builds and maintains a user-friendly virtual and physical materials library. Creates and manages seasonal materials charts from concept through commercialization
  • Leads and manages multiple product development projects within regards to materials throughout the development process in line with the agreed corporate calendar
  • Utilizes the Centric (PLM) operating system to manage the materials library. Provides support, manages and communicates materials details to Centric data entry team
  • Monitors material deliverables from first round of samples through salesman samples and commercialization
  • Partners with Product teams to establish seasonal material direction. Develops materials to required technical standards for product categories
  • Partners with Product teams to ensure margins, market needs and end-use needs are met

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