Director, Footwear Product Engineering at Columbia Sportswear Company (Portland, OR)

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At Columbia, we're as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available worldwide, we're proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest, where natural wonders are our playground.

Every product we make and every task we undertake is inspired by the famous words of our founder Gert Boyle: "It's perfect. Now make it better." As pioneers of relentless improvement, we are constantly evolving.

We believe the outdoors is ours to protect and strive to keep our planet healthy. We believe in empowering people to experience the outdoors to the fullest.

And we believe in you.


Columbia Global Manufacturing brings product ideas to reality in order to connect active people with their passions. We cover everything from raw materials development, product development, fit engineering, quality, sourcing and then the Liaison Offices that manage the product manufacturing.

As the Director of Footwear Product Engineering, you will be responsible for setting overarching Global Footwear Product Engineering direction for Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC). You will achieve this by managing the Footwear Product Engineering staff, liaising with Product Creation counterparts domestically and around the world, and communicating a Global Footwear Engineering strategy to various internal and external audiences. Footwear engineering standards and best practices would be applied to product, supporting categories and from one season to the next will contribute to increased brand value while reducing product development & manufacturing costs. In addition, you will be responsible for aligning processes and procedures in collaboration with all footwear brands within CSC.

  • Set and communicate Columbia Sportswear's Footwear Engineering 'Vision' to all internal and external partners (from Product Creation to Manufacturing Partners & Vendors to Marketing).
  • Set and manage Footwear Product Engineering category assignments, workload, and professional development.
  • Create and ensure Footwear Product Engineering Standards & Best Practices at the Global and Regional levels. This includes ensuring innovations in footwear are aligned to best practices.
  • Advise Product Creation team members (PLM, Design, PD, Fit Engineers, and Manufacturing) on Standards & Best Practice adoption that enhance the aesthetic, drive cost reduction and functional benefits of product.
  • Director of Footwear Product Engineering leads initiatives and recommends resource allocation, when required.
  • Provide pre "Design Freeze" options to optimize labor and material utilization.
  • Work with cross-functional team members, on a regular basis, to examine and performance benefits for the Columbia Consumer.
  • Stay informed and communicate relevant industry- and trend-related Footwear Engineering information to staff
  • Director of Footwear Engineering is responsible for the supervision of the Footwear Engineer Managers for Columbia and Sorel. Performance Goal setting and assessment of the Footwear Engineer staff is conducted by the Director of Footwear Engineering
  • Able to manage and/or influence people, teams, and projects
  • Able to troubleshoot, make difficult decisions independently, operate autonomously, manage multiple deadlines, and work effectively under pressure
  • A Bachelor's degree in related field required. Advanced degree preferred. Successful completion of certified trade school in lieu of Bachelor's degree
  • 10-15 years functional experience in the specific areas of patternmaking, last / fit engineering, footwear material application, mass production / research & development and/or product creation in the Lifestyle, Active or Outdoor Apparel industry
  • Minimum 8 years' experience managing a function or team
  • Experience with footwear manufacturing factories and product creation centers, with preference for on-floor experience in a manufacturing footwear manufacturing facility.
  • Advanced knowledge of patternmaking, last engineering, tooling, industry digital software standard and Columbia Sportswear's end-user activities
  • Advanced knowledge of footwear construction and manufacturing practices is essential
  • Knowledge of the outdoor industry, manufacturing and material partners, and innovation contacts to be credible and influential with internal stakeholders
  • Proficiency in simplifying the complex to get team alignment with product creation stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational and presentation skills and attention to detail required

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Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.
More Information on Columbia Sportswear Company
Columbia Sportswear Company operates in the Fashion industry. The company is located in Portland, OR, Richmond, CA and Carlsbad, CA. Columbia Sportswear Company was founded in 1938. It has 5022 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 48 open jobs at Columbia Sportswear Company, click here.
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