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Sr Director, Product Development 8300 Maryland Ave, Saint Louis , MO

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We seek an experienced women’s footwear developer who’s proactive, innovative and passionate about women’s casual and athletic footwear to join our Naturalizer and Natural Soul Design team.

We are Caleres, a global footwear company with brands that fit people’s lives. We are ferocious about fit and living our mission of inspiring people to feel great…feet first.

We seek people who:
•	Create and detail product lines marrying trend, brand and merchandising requirements for each season
•	Guide development by creating product calendar, setting clear direction for product teams, monitoring progress and driving integration between design, development and sourcing 
•	Develop and monitor sample budgets, with a focus on streamlining materials and constructions, while promoting awareness of product cost drivers
•	Utilize knowledge of production methods to identify critical issues and road blocks during the development process, providing action plans to improve pricing and margin
•	Establish and control standards of workmanship, ensuring production upholds standards of quality, fit, aesthetics and function
•	Communicate direction from senior leadership, translating business strategies into product opportunities and ensuring team alignment
•	Direct sampling, prototyping and inspection of products, identifying issues in design, construction or manufacturing to develop solutions that deliver proven and tested product

We seek people with these qualifications:
•	Bachelor’s degree in related field 
•	10+ years of product experience in footwear preferred
•	Expert knowledge of footwear development, sourcing and manufacturing
•	Excellent communication and presentation skills 
•	Strong partnering, problem-solving and analytical skills
•	Demonstrated experience in illustration and 3D design
•	SAP AFS system knowledge preferred 
•	Ability to travel, international & domestic (40%)

But most of all, we seek people who share our values and our ferocity for fit.

People passionate about their work. People who hold themselves and others accountable. People who think a $2.8 billion company should be as creative as a start-up. People driven by an insatiable curiosity. People who care about being the best, among the best.


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