• Senior Developer

    Location UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
    Job ID
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    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.


    For further information, please visit www.pentland.com.


    Key Purpose of Job:


    Actively participate and lead on a day-to-day basis in the Product Creation process for the FWD.

    Provide effective input for the development of the all footwear brands designs from conceptualisation, prototyping through to commercialisation and production.

    Provide the Developer with strong people management skills together with expert and technical focus 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 seasonal development research to support Design & Category to allow inclusion of innovation and differentiation into Seasonal Product Briefs.
    • In liaison with Footwear Technologist and design develop, amend or select suitable lasts and tooling to ensure that all product meets the FWD 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 FWD brands to deliver stylish premium products.
    • Implement procedures to assure quality from the earliest stage of product development through to commercialisation.
    • Manage the price structure for the specific Range responsible for, with effective pre-costing scrubbing CBDs to ensure product achieve target or improved margins whilst maintaining FWD product values of quality and comfort.
    • Monitor critical path to ensure OTIF on all seasonal product creation tasks, escalating exceptions to Development Manager.
    • Assist the Design and Asia 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 in collaboration with Category & Design from initial range planning stage through to final line selection.
    • Develop materials in collaboration with Design.
    • Monitor samples against SRF and take corrective action with manufacturing teams, agents and factories.
    • Accountable for maintaining and updating product library of approved confirmation samples & archiving samples within agreed timeframes.
    • Work with extended footwear 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.


    Needs to have

    • Footwear product development and relevant industry relevant experience.
    • Fitting specialist experience
    • Solid relevant experience gained within the footwear industry
    • Excellent knowledge across competitor sector
    • Preferred people management skills
    • Coaching skills
    • Effective communication skills
    • Good Microsoft office skills
    • Design and development packages experience – Adobe Packages & BP readers (Myriad)


    Needs to be

    • Have integrity, presence, strength of personality and a sense of humour.
    • Ability to integrate cross functionally and make things happen.
    • Ability to operate and communicate at a senior level.
    • A good communicator / listener.
    • Have gravitas and engender respect.
    • Continuous desire to discover ways to improve processes and activities
    • Inspire confidence through drive and enthusiasm
    • Committed to the brand, passionate, honest
    • Exceptionally well organised, able to prioritise and work to deadlines
    • Self-sufficient and comfortable working with minimum of supervision
    • Demonstrates strong initiative, a can-do attitude and a flexible approach



    This job description is not exhaustive and you may be required to carry out other duties as requested



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