DIRECTOR OF FOOTWEAR OPERATIONS, ASIA

Marolina Outdoor, a leading manufacturer of outdoor equipment, is seeking an experienced and motivated leader in Asia to drive the creation of their new footwear business. This position requires a “team first” approach to solving problems with a no excuse focus on quality and customer service for premium performance product. This position requires a passionate interest in outdoor product. This position requires in depth experience in relevant outdoor technologies, materials, construction and the process for execution of that product. This position requires excellent communication skills, and the ability to work independently. Experience in starting a business and working closely within a factory and headquarter environment a must. This position will report into the VP of Footwear, based in the US.

JOB REQUIREMENTS


EXPERIENCE

10+ years working within a big brand footwear business. Management experience a must, overseeing a team that includes development, production and pricing. Knowledge of apparel and materials a plus.

5+ plus years of working on “Outdoor” product and materials, which includes extensive knowledge of lasts, timing, waterproofing, temperature regulation and the costs and benefits of each.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

10+ years managing the Asia development of technical projects. This position requires complete understanding of taking a project from design through production, including mold engineering, material development, fit and performance testing , duty rates and the calendar needs associated with the execution and delivery of premium product.

Excellent communication skills. This position requires an exceptional ability to work independently while helping drive communication back to the HQ. This position will be the voice and ears of the brand in Asia and must be able to effectively negotiate, insuring quality, consistency, and pricing goals are achieved. This position must work closely with the factory base and suppliers to insure accountability and product goals are met.

Production Management. Candidate must have extensive experience in commercialization, grading and production line management. This position requires a complete understanding of factory capabilities and work closely with their staff. This position requires a complete understanding of footwear production processes, machinery, and productivity.

MISC.

Candidate must be able to travel domestically and internationally as the business dictates.

Candidate must be able to work within a budget and be accountable for expenses. Personal integrity and commitment to open communication a must.

Candidate must be able to assist as needed to support the overall Marolina business which may include apparel and accessories.

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