Materials Developer

Company Name:
New Balance
New Balance has a history of 100 years of enduring performance and is still running strong today. Part of what makes New Balance so unique is our commitment to making products that not only provide performance, but also superior fit and comfort. The same attention that is placed on our athletic shoes and apparel is also placed on our associates. New Balance thrives because of the passion and dedication of the people we hire. We rely on our associates to match our enthusiasm for the business and to help drive consumers to move further, faster and more frequently. We seek associates who are always on the move. Associates who push themselves forward and are motivated to move New Balance forward. Ask yourself: Are you ready to move the world?
As a Materials Developer, you will work closely with product developers and the materials team to identify, evaluate, test, troubleshoot, develop and commercialize new materials and technologies for use in various footwear categories. You will support the domestic production group by maintaining the process of Materials Approval. In this role, you will work with vendors on present and future material needs and you will correct any material problems that may arise. You will be responsible for touring and inspecting vendor facilities during the vendor approval process. As a Materials Developer, you will be required to attend trade shows in order to identify new materials and trends applicable to product development. You will coordinate the testing of materials and make recommendations based on the materials'' performance.
Bachelor''s degree in Textile Science, Chemistry, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Textile/Surface Design, Fine Arts, or Illustration.
3 - 5 years related experience required.
Strong communication, organization, problem solving and project management skills.
Proven research ability and capable of working across multiple teams.
Computer proficiency in MS Office, Illustrator and Photoshop.
Ability/interest in design as it relates to textiles and surfaces, fashion, graphic or fine arts.
Some domestic and international travel required.
Our products are designed to meet the diverse needs of consumers and our benefits are designed to meet the diverse needs of our associates. We have developed a benefits package that is sure to fit your way of life. Our low-cost medical and dental coverage and onsite wellness program will help you lead a healthy lifestyle. We offer a 401k plan with an employer match, making it possible to save for retirement. Many positions offer a flexible work schedule and a 37.5 hour work week. We provide a generous vacation package and even allow paid time off to volunteer in the community. New Balance encourages its employees to take advantage of our tremendous training and development programs, as well as our tuition reimbursement plan. We are a business casual environment where our employees are encouraged to wear NB product which can be purchased with our significant employee discount. Parking is free at all of our facilities.
Date: 2014-05-09
Country: US
State: MA
City: Lawrence
Postal Code: 01843
Category: Supply Chain - Positions

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