Global Director - Product Development & Sourcing

Location: Carlsbad, CA

Department: SKLZ

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Product Developers at SKLZ ensure products progress through the development process from initial design concept through commercialization. Organizational skills are essential as SKLZ serves several sports categories and has many products in concurrent development. This is a highly collaborative position that requires strong communication and interpersonal skills, exceptional organization and planning, and the ability to lead by example.


  • Execute to the Product Development Calendar, following best practices as defined by SKLZ Product Development Processes
  • Manage allocation of Product workload to Product Developer while maintaining oversight at each Major Product Calendar Phase Gate
  • Maintain thorough documentation on all products through all phases of development including Costing, Tooling, Product Specifications, Artwork, Etc.
  • Communicate specifications and product details with the Supply Base including Sourcing Agents, Suppliers, and Sub-Suppliers
  • Maintain Global Product Costing including Cost Charts, Product Cost Evaluations, Material Market Reviews, Currency Exchange Reviews, Cost Negotiations to exceed Target Margin expectations
  • Coordinate the Development of New Product, Resourced Product, or Sourced Product by managing the flow of information and documentation between Product Design, Engineering, Category Managers, and Manufacturing Partners
  • Partner with Operations to Source/Review potential New Suppliers based on the Product Strategy, Product Requirements, or Costing Requirements
  • Partner with Sourcing/Operations to develop Sourcing Strategy and Thought Process that coincides with the Long-Term Product Strategy
  • Maintain a Product Material Database/Library
  • Drive creation of Product Packaging (Die Lines, Cast Pack Configurations, Etc.) with the Creative Team to reach maximum Operational efficiencies as well as Costing
  • Contribute to the refinement of development, engineering, and specifications processe
  • Assist in evaluating all development samples against the tech pack specifications for design accuracy, and functionality
  • Partner with Operations to ensure Timely delivery of Product Information, Sales Samples, and Production within the Product Calendar
  • Partner with SKLZ sourcing partners and/or QC Team to ensure Product Quality/Integrity surpasses SKLZ Reliability Standards
  • Domestic/International Travel to build, maintain, and grow Manufacturing Partnerships (partnering with Factory counterparts for improved communication)
  • Provide technical knowledge to achieve resolution of quality issues through knowledge of various manufacturing methods

Key Competencies

  • Trustworthiness
  • Resourcefulness / Problem Solving
  • Organizational Skills with focus on Planning
  • Collaborative Working
  • Self-Starter that Drives for Results
  • Methodical Approach

Qualifications and Skills

  • 7-10 years experience in hard goods product development (soft goods experience applicable)
  • Strong understanding of overseas sourcing and various manufacturing methods including injection molding, metalwork, cut and sew, etc
  • Ability to work with a broad range of functions and individuals toward a common goal
  • Must have a track record in executing to procedures and processes
  • Competency in Solidworks and Adobe Illustrator helpful
  • Competency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Available for 25- 40% Travel 
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