Our Portland based client within the retail and production industry is looking to hirer a Product Developer for a 6 month Contract to hire role. Preferably candidates who have utilized their design knowledge when working closely with manufacturing. The role of the Product Developer within a fashion and retail environment includes following complete development of product from initial drawings to final sample, liaising with factories and also travel to offshore factories to follow progress and check production, sourcing trims and fabrics, ordering raw materials and communicating with vendors.
In order to be successful you will need a good understanding of the design process involved within the fashion environment, understand apparel and image aesthetics, fashion consumer spending, target markets, and the role of textiles and clothing within the global economy. Product Developers for the fashion industry must know material specifications and analyze cost. In addition the ability to work closely with the Quality Department is necessary.