LUNA Sandals is a fast growing adventure sandal manufacturer here in Seattle. We proudly manufacture all of our sandals in our own factory in lower Queen Anne. LUNA was started in 2009 in a garage on Capitol Hill and has gone on to create a whole new segment in the zero drop, natural movement, minimalist footwear world. Our commitment to innovation and “Made in Seattle” products led to us being selected Best Overall in the 2017 American Made Outdoor Gear Award.
Visit our website and social media pages to learn more about our roots and our story.
We’re looking for a sharp and ambitious individual to join our team and help us continue innovating and developing the best outdoor adventure sandals in the world. Someone who is looking to hone their skills and get some great experience in a wide range of development processes would be a great fit. This position could be ideal for someone who may be relatively new to the field but who is ready to get their hands dirty and hungry to make a mark in the Outdoor Industry.
As a small manufacturing company, (currently 16 people) the product developer position will be responsible for overseeing a wide variety of development tasks, primarily collaborating with our Product Manager and small creative team to manage the process for creating new products. This position will oversee the full development cycle for our new products, from concept sketches, material sourcing, prototyping, to production implementation and everything in-between.
-Organize new product creation
-Organize development timelines to hit key deadlines
-Work with (Product Manager & creative team to brainstorm new product concepts and details
-Hit budget/cost goals in estimating labor costs and sourcing materials
-Sketch design mock-ups
-Create design briefs for component suppliers
-Create tech packs for in-house manufacturing
-Develop prototypes for review and testing
-Work with technical experts on component development
-Manage testing metrics and results
-Problem solve development issues on the fly
-Contribute to the overall success of the company
-Must be passionate about the creation process
-Ability to manage and push forward multiple projects
-Ability to problem solve as part of a small creative team
-Ability to plan and hit budgets and deadlines
-Basic understanding of footwear, or similar (apparel, etc.) manufacturing processes
-Experience or knowledge in sourcing and working with suppliers
-Ability to create product sketches, product briefs, & technical document packages
-Competent in Adobe Illustrator and Indesign
-Competent with spreadsheet software
-Ability to balance multiple input factors in dev process, ie. product testing performance, design aesthetic, material and labor costs, lead-times, deadlines, etc.
-Ability to build prototypes; footwear specific skills are trainable but should have a basic knowledge of sewing, assembly, and craft
-Ideally 1 to 3 years experience with a manufacturing company; preferably in the outdoor, footwear, or apparel industries
-Must be able to have fun and get shit done
-Bonus if you have read Christopher McDougall's 'Born To Run' and/or Yvon Chouinard’s ‘Let My People Go Surfing’
Pay: $18 - $21/hr., DOE
Hours: Full-time, M-F/flexible
Benefits: Comprehensive insurance package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. Seattle metro transit pass. Access to industry pro-deals. Flexible vacation scheduling.
Location: Seattle, WA
If you're interested, please reply to this ad with ALL of these items:
-A note about why you would be good for the position
-Your favorite thing to do outdoors
CEO, LUNA Sandals