Footwear Color Developer Footwear Color Developer
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Job ID: 1354895653
Date Updated:Jan 01, 2022
Recruiter: Borderland & Co. (Otabo)
  • Work City : Dongguan
  • Salary Range : 8000 - 12000 CNY /Month
  • Work Experience :≥3 year(s)
  • Job Type :Full Time
As our global team continues to grow rapidly, we are in search of an experienced Footwear Color Developer with advanced knowledge of color theory, project management experience, and a relentless attention to detail.

Our ideal candidate is committed to cultivating high energy and collaboration within cross functional, global teams paired with his/her/their expertise within athletic footwear or activewear. If you are excited about working in a dynamic atmosphere where you can make a difference in our company and global communities, we want to speak with you!

What you will do:
• Collaborate cross functionally with Guangzhou and US design + development teams to ensure color and design specifications are accurately executed from sampling stages to production
• Manage multiple projects concurrently; clearly and efficiently communicate ideas and timelines to the footwear design and development teams
• Stay current on new fabric trends, finishes, color processes and technologies; share relevant information with all cross functional teams
• Collaborate with footwear + graphics teams as well as other product categories to establish and deliver cohesive color and graphics
• Execute and track incoming color submits; assess pass/fail on incoming colors to ensure color consistency - visually (light box) and electronically (spectrophotometer) from multiple sources and across different product categories
• Work with the development and production teams to ensure decisions are made within calendar deadlines
• Initiate, review, and approve all fabric lab dips
• Advise on color risks such as color achievability and color fastness
• Investigate and resolve color issues that arise in partnership with QC, Production Teams, and Suppliers
• Maintain an accurate color library/archive, data, submits and references in PLM database
• Suggest process + development efficiency opportunities; implement appropriate solutions through cross collaborative efforts
• Participate in weekly evening calls (1-2/week) with development and production teams in China
• ~5 - 20% regional and international travel required post-pandemic, pending account assignments

What we’re looking for:
• 3 - 5+ years of footwear design + development experience, preferably athletic footwear
• Knowledge of color theory, footwear manufacturing and construction methods, textile manufacturing, fabrication performance properties, dyeing, and finishing techniques
• Must have superior color sensibility; ability to gauge hue and value, i.e. matching colors across all components and / or graphics
• Must have an error score of 10 or less on Farnsworth-Munsell 100 Hue Color Test - no color vision deficiency
• Technology proficiency: Adobe Creative Suite, Excel, and G-Suite; willingness to learn additional platforms and software
• Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and move between them quickly
• Demonstrated, strong interpersonal and communication skills in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English language
• Valid passport or ability to apply for one

What we offer:
• The rare opportunity to help build an innovative + international small business
• Competitive compensation and benefits
• Paid vacation, sick leave, volunteer days, and holidays
• Continued opportunities for growth & development in a connected team environment
• Product samples: we wear test the product we manufacture

Job highlights
Paid annual leave Medical & accidental insurance
Adobe Creative Suite, Excel, and G-Suite
• English, Advanced • Chinese, Fluent
  • About us
    Otabo provides strategic development, manufacturing, and quality assurance services for footwear, apparel, bags, accessories, and athletic equipment brands and start-ups. Family owned and headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, we have a leading development and manufacturing facility in the heart of the industry hub, Guangzhou, China in addition to an international supply chain network. We help companies solve their hardest technical challenges, scale production, expand product lines and colorways, build a brand-loyal customer base, and act quickly on new ideas.
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