Apparel Developer

Black Diamond

Salt Lake City, UT


*Please apply directly to Black Diamond for this role.*

As a Apparel Developer, you will be assigned specific product development collections and oversee all development activity for these collections from design hand-off through sales sample evaluation and into pre-production. Must be able to operate at the macro strategic level and most importantly interpret and execute tactical initiatives and details during the product creation cycle and ensure that the commercialization of each product meets design, fit, and quality requirements. Working in collaboration with the Director of Apparel Development, Apparel Business Unit Director, and both internal and external design, the Apparel Developer must ensure products meet or exceed the expectations of users in accordance with industry best practices.

You will oversee timelines, prototype and fit reviews, product specifications, product quality, costing, and production execution. Must be able to manage indirect resources and have in depth knowledge of patterns and construction techniques in order to properly commercialize and meet expectations.



Required: Minimum of a Bachelor of Arts and/or Science degree from an accredited University or College

Preferred: Professional training in Design, Development, Merchandising and International Business disciplines.

Alternative to Education qualification: A bachelor’s degree in any discipline combined with a thorough global knowledge base and work experience in technical hardware design, testing and development.

Work Experience


  • Minimum of 2 year’s experience as a product developer.
  • Must have the proven ability to understand design concepts and have a clear track record of developing products that meet all development objectives (Design, costing, quality and delivery).
  • Must have extensive experience working independently both domestically and in Asia developing products with contractors and material suppliers.
  • Must be comfortable negotiating costs and managing lead-times

Skills And General Experience

Be self-directed, action-oriented, mature, confident, decisive, creative problem solver always willing to think outside the box. Must be persistent – doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer and eager to search out solutions to the challenge at hand that meet the business requirements. Climber, skier, or outdoor enthusiast highly preferred. Requires some relative experience in role and type of work done.

Autonomy: Executes tasks independently but with some guidance from more experienced team members. Able to execute plans, and is beginning to develop project plans under supervision and approval from management & more Sr team members.

Organizational Impact: Conducts assigned & routine tasks efficiently and contributes to program success through efficient task management, sense of urgency and desire for continuing development.

Materials Knowledge

Familiar understanding of materials essential to product requirements, and design decisions.

Creative Problem Solving

Should have the natural inclination to break problems down to root cause and approach solutions with curiosity and an open mind. Generate concepts through brainstorming and other creative processes.

Task & Project Planning

Must be able to prioritize individual / team project tasks, be a trusted member of the team, and reach out to others to verify and select a path forward. Not expected to manage the scope of a project without guidance from BUD/PLM or relevant manager.

External Communication, Project Management, And Planning

Clear communication of product development and production plan details with consideration for factory and internal team needs.

Internal Communication And Project Management

Must have the ability to communicate technical product issues clearly, concisely, and accurately in both written and verbal form. Must be able to shift communication styles to interact successfully with different types of people and cultures. Expected to host meetings on a cadence and provide notes with action items.

Processes Management

Cursory understanding and familiar with internal workflows & software systems.

Product Costing And Tools

Requesting critical costing and product information from vendors and reporting back to the team. Works closely with the PLM, BUD, and relevant manager, gets sign off on a project budget.


Must be willing to travel if required.

Required licenses: Valid Drivers License and Passport

Essential Functions

Responsible and authorized to continuously improve upon and perform all the following in accordance with BDEL Quality, Safety and Employee Guidelines, policies and procedures:

  • Documentation Development

Receive tech pack hand off from Design and oversee all documentation updates and communication. Ensure specification accuracy. Update Product Data systems, internal and external customers, etc as needed with product changes. Manage quality, cost, calendar, and other relevant documentation. Manage file storage locations.

  • Proactive Prototype Development

Direct and oversee domestic and/or overseas development and manufacturing contractor(s). Active participant in the internal fit process for all new, revised and carry-in garments.

  • Prototype Review and Fit Session Management

Oversee all review meetings specific to assigned development collections. Prepare agenda, room, product, and goals in advance of meeting. Interface closely with the specific Product Line Managers and the Design team (internal and external) to resolve any design/quality issues that arise during the development process. Make tech pack updates, pattern adjustments, etc as needed based on feedback from Review and Fit sessions. Clearly communication changes to factories and ensure proper execution. Overall, ensure that the development process proceeds such that the project(s) meets key phase approval dates and milestones.

  • Raw Material Development and Communication

Will participate collaboratively in the successful conceptualize and/or receive new material(s) and trim(s) for the company. Ensure clear communication to factories.

  • Product Safety & Quality Assurance

Work with the Black Diamond Quality Assurance group or nominated testing agency to ensure that all required testing and documentation are completed in a timely manner and in accordance with the development calendar. Ensure that the Quality Assurance Group, specific Product Line Managers, the Design group to resolve any Product Safety/Quality Assurance issues that arise during the development and testing process. Will ensure that the development product testing process proceeds such that the project(s) meets key phase check points and documentation requirements.

  • Product Costing and Margin Enhancement

Will work with the specific Product Line Managers, Sourcing, and the Supply Chain Management group as well as nominated suppliers and contractors to develop a thorough understanding and complete documentation of specific product costing (Bill of Materials (BOM’s), and Free on Board Pricing (FOB’s). Will seek ways to lower costs during development process and work to develop projects to specified cost targets ensuring profitability for the company.

Note: This employee may be requested to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties, subject to all applicable state and federal laws.

Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex; including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact a Black Diamond Equipment HR representative.

Salary Description

80000-95000 (depending on experience)

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