Developer - Footwear


Stratham Station, New Hampshire

Works as a member of the development team to produce world class products, which meet or exceed company and category expectations with regard to brand integrity, design, product innovation, functional performance, and return on investment. Contributes to the research and implementation of new and existing materials, components and shoe making techniques in order to aid design and advance the innovation of the product for the assigned category.

Maintains the daily development activities with respect to assigned projects to achieve seasonal and non-seasonal project results from conception through completion of approved confirmation standards.  This entails the advancing of product specifications through development milestones, tracking model fit samples, confirmation standards, costing and leather standards in order to reach weekly/monthly deadlines.

Works as a member of the development team to maintain product integrity with respect to safety footwear pre-certification at each milestone; traction analysis at conceptual/line close/sales meeting stages as applicable; and any unique end use requirement(s).

  • Last Development – Works with design and engineering team to initiate and oversee the development of lasts based upon desired aesthetic, performance, comfort and fit while maximizing use of existing last library.
  • Upper Development – Manages upper development for yield, manufacturability, fit, function, cost and desired aesthetic.
  • Mold Development – With design look for opportunities to utilize existing Timberland tooling.  Manages mold development from initial drawings through confirmation of sample size. In conjunction with design and development, executes against strategy for components with regards to compounds, construction and mold type.
  • Material and Construction - Coordinates and maintains material and structural specifications as well as the follow through on the testing of each individual component to maintain Timberland standards for quality and durability.
  • Costing Objectives – Manages costing objectives for assigned projects and works with design to achieve project goals. This entails supplying necessary information needed for pre-costing exercises during review of product briefs, through tech. package development and final pricing of confirmation standards.
  • Technical Package Development - In conjunction with design, manages the assembly of the approved design into a package of two and three-dimensional information which adequately describes and utilizes current and feasible manufacture and assembly techniques.
  • Forward Engineering – Works with Sr. Developer to create timeline to meet pre-Sales Meeting Fit and Extreme Wear Testing initiatives and assist as needed planning and execution of Forward Engineering activities to meet commercialization and buy-readiness timelines.

Manages development efforts to reach buy readiness on assigned projects by overseeing and meeting all calendar milestones necessary to achieve this goal.

Maintain and provide a clear form of documentation and communication with team members in order assist the transfer of the design solutions from concept through final product with country office developers and manufacturing representatives. Foster good relationships between key groups – In Line PD, Supply Chain, Product Management, Design, Suppliers.


  • Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design, Business or an equivalent of 10 years experience in design and/or development of consumer products, with minimum 3 years footwear development or engineering experience.
  • 4-6 years of footwear product development experience preferably in a brown shoe environment.

  • A plus if has had prior involvement in Pattern Engineering and Footwear Commercialization.

  • Proven project management and problem-solving experience.

  • Excellent technical, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.

  • Willing and able to travel to Asia (20%) and the Dominican Republic (5%) to manufacturing locations, development centers and vendors to oversee the execution of footwear creation process.

  • Additionally, travel to trade shows and “Customer” job site locations necessary for understanding functional/occupational needs and keeping current with future trends in R&D as necessary.

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Design Apparel

Position Type:

Full Time

Remote ok?



11 months ago


For three generations Timberland has built a reputation for making rugged outdoor gear. In 1973, we introduced the first Timberland waterproof leather boot, setting new standards for craftsmanship, durability and protection for the outdoors. Well-crafted, dependable and authentic, it stands as a symbol for everything Timberland makes. Whether it’s for men, women or kids, Timberland gear is built with a passion for the outdoors that’s reflected in our commitment to the environment—to get you outdoors comfortably. And confidently.