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Senior Footwear Developer - Mens

Senior Footwear Developer - Mens

Job ID 
Position Type 
Permanent Full-Time
UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
Product Development
Pentland Brands

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Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation


Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.


We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.


We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. This year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.


We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.


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Actively participate and lead on a day-to-day basis in the Product Creation process for Mens team.
Provide effective input for the development of the Mens footwear designs from conceptualisation, prototyping through to commercialisation and production.

Manage 2 direct reports providing excellent people management skills together with technical support and direction.

  • Support, challenge and develop direct reports, ensuring they are managed effectively and have the skills, motivation and passion to meet the needs of the business
  • Initiate seasonal development research and provide input from research to support Design & Category in building innovative and exciting seasonal ranges
  • In liaison with Footwear Technologist and Design develop, amend or select suitable lasts and tooling to ensure that all product meets the Lacoste Standards. 
  • Review with design all outsole and componentry Blue Prints, Wood Models and Rapid Prototypes before communicating final approval to open mould(s), negotiating and monitoring costs incurred.
  • Provide technology input to product direction, enabling Lacoste to deliver stylish premium products
  • Ensure all products meet required brand quality standards from the earliest stage of product development through to commercialisation
  • Manage the price structure for the entire Mens Range, with effective pre-costing, CBD scrubbing and providing cost saving opts to ensure product achieves, or even exceeds, the desired target ex-factory and margin whilst maintaining Lacoste product values of quality and comfort
  • Monitor critical path to ensure On Time In Full on all seasonal product creation tasks, escalating exceptions to Development Manager.
  • Assist the Design, Colour and Material Development and Asia Development teams to establish and maintain effective relationships with key material vendors and material developments. 
  • Support Development Manager to investigate potential new materials and vendors, keeping up with the current market place. 
  • Accountable for managing the development data on PLM in collaboration with Category & Design from initial range planning stage through to Gold Seal status and commercialisation. 
  • Develop materials in collaboration with Design and Colour and Materials development.
  • Monitor samples against SRF and take corrective action with manufacturing and material vendors.
  • Accountable for maintaining and updating product library of approved confirmation samples & archiving samples within agreed timeframes.
  • Work with extended Lacoste team in Asia to ensure that common objectives are efficiently met.
  • Seasonal development trips to Asia to assist design in efficient engineering of product briefs.
  • Accountable for the tracking and receipt of line review samples as per agreed critical path dates. 
  • Co-ordinate weekly team catch up meetings between design and development.



What you need to have


  • Solid Footwear Development experience
  • Fully competent in lasts, toolings and BP reading, costing, materials selection, fit & wear, quality and finished goods testing
  • Excellent knowledge across competitor sector
  • Preferred people management skills
  • Microsoft Office, adobe Illustrator


What we need to see in you


  • Well organised and structured
  • Self motivated with ability to demonstrate strong initiative
  • Able to manage and work to deadlines
  • Team player
  • Can do attitude, working through obstacles
  • Self sufficient and comfortable working with a minimum of supervision
  • Personal stature that will inspire confidence through drive and enthusiasm
  • Travel to Asia
  • Committed to the brand




 This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.