Position Description

Footwear Developer - DC
Location Corporate Headquarters
City Huntington Beach
State/Territory California
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Requisition Number:
Footwear Merchandising & Design
Employment Duration:
Full time
Employment Status:

Company Overview

Boardriders, Inc., is the world’s leading action sports and lifestyle company that designs, produces and distributes branded apparel, footwear and accessories for Boardriders around the world. The Company’s apparel and footwear brands, represent a casual lifestyle for young‐minded people who are inspired by a passion for outdoor action sports. The Company’s Quiksilver, Billabong, Roxy, DC Shoes, RVCA, Element, VonZipper, Xcel, Kustom and Palmers brands have authentic roots and heritage in surf, snow and skate. With approximately 10,000 team members globally, the Company’s products are sold in more than 110 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, skate shops, snow shops, its proprietary Boardriders stores and other Company‐owned retail stores, select department stores and through various e‐ commerce channels.

Boardriders is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer including: Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans


This role reports to the Footwear Development Director. The Footwear Developer helps manage all stages of the development process. Their experience is relied on to resolve issues and to develop the skills of those being supervised. This role is centered on working with Design, Development, Materials, Costing, Commercialization, Fit/Wear Test, and Production to ensure the product is developed on time.



  • Create and issue product specification sheets for the Asian team and factories to follow up with building samples
  • Proactively manage the product development and commercialization processes (till stage 2) according to the Product Introduction Calendar
  • Plan and execute development for on time delivery for all agreed upon key samples (Models, Pullovers, Development, Confirmation, Stage I & 2)
  • Work with teams to get pattern revisions, 2D and 3D revisions executed correctly to approve construction, patterns & mold manufacturing
  • Review CBDs, yields, cost and negotiate costing to achieve a minimum target margins while, at the same time providing value for the consumer
  • Manage the product development cycle to effectively deliver world-class product at the established retail introduction periods and profit margins
  • Coordinate the sample making of new materials, compounds and processes that are initiated by the Materials Group for wear-testing & material testing            
  • Operates with a complete understanding of the development process (which includes Marketing, Design, Engineering, Pre-costing, Commercialization, Far East Development)
  • Consistently manages systems, people, timelines, projects and resources in an organized, well-prioritized manner
  • Involves and communicates with other departments at appropriate times to facilitate process
  • Works pro-actively to stay ahead of timelines
  • Manage running development projects:  able to identify, access and utilize resources outside of direct control to facilitate development objectives
  • Resolve and negotiate all costing issues in a complete and timely manner
  • Overseas travel to Asia required


  • Bachelor's degree in a related area of study
  • Minimum 4 years work experience in footwear development 
  • 2 additional years’ of relevant work experience in lieu of a degree
  • Proficiency with MS Office, including MS Excel
  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving and results orientation
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills with the ability to clearly articulate goals and objectives
  • Ability to read product specs and technical drawings and understand relationships
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with a diverse group of people
  • Ability to network and utilize internal and external resources
  • Must understand costing/cbd’s and how it effects target pricing
  • Strong understanding of footwear construction, materials, and the product creation of live cycle 


  • Project management skills
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