Product Developer

Product Development Portland, Oregon, United States

Product Developer

Product Design and Development | Portland, Oregon, United States

Are you an Icebreaker and a talented Product Developer?  Explore the opportunity to join our Product Development team in Portland.


Looking for an adventure, not a job?

Icebreaker is one of the most innovative and dynamic names in the apparel industry. We’re a world leader in merino clothing and supply our outdoor, performance sport and active lifestyle ranges to more than 4700 stores across 50 countries.

We’re also a network of talented people who care about each other and believe deeply in what we do. We’re diverse, passionate, hardworking and fun. We work in an environment where you can be yourself and make a difference. We imagine the future and create it.

We’re looking for an experienced Product Developer to join our Product Development team based at our Portland in Oregon, USA.


Reporting to the Global Product Head of Product Development, you’ll be responsible for developing Icebreaker products from design concept through to commercialization, and produced in compliance to Icebreaker specification.

You will:

  • Collaborate with internal partners in Design, Technical Design, Merchandising, Sourcing, Supply Planning, and Quality to define and communicate seasonal style development.
  • Manage collection and brand standards at a product level, building informed products for their functional end-use. 
  • Work with design partners and factories to build concept, innovation, and capability trials.
  • Coordinate all factory product requirements for production, ensuring correct production sample and relevant specification information is available prior to production. 
  • Provide relevant schematics, detailed sketches, and technical construction guidelines to create development prototypes, salesman samples, and bulk production.  
  • Ensure all specification information is accurately interpreted at factory level, ensuring product is consistently delivered to specifications.
  • Coordinate all factory sampling programs, ensuring each factory has sufficient information to produce samples within required timeframes and quality standards.
  • Liaise with factories and quality control contractors to ensure all parties are supplied with relevant information to achieve product integrity in manufacturing.
  • Coordinate necessary lab testing and wear testing on new product developments to ensure all products meet Icebreaker’s performance standards.
  • Work on a continuous improvement programs with the development team and the factory, ensuring product quality is continually upgraded and enhanced. 
  • Independently manage non-seasonal developments projects, with an ability to drive cross functional process and communication.

Specific job requirements include:

  • Degree in Apparel Design & Manufacturing, Industrial Design, or Business Administration (with a concentration in quality and productivity) and 5+ years of experience in product development for the outdoor apparel industry
  • Product development experience must include:
    • Technical knits; products made from merino wool; activewear; working with textile and garment constructions and technology

If this opportunity feels like something you’re passionate about, and it fits with your skills and experience, please click apply below to send us your CV with a covering letter explaining why you'd be right for Icebreaker. The recruitment of this position is being managed by Naomi Jones, People and Performance Manager please reach out with any questions ph: 604-655-6758.