Product Development Director, Footwear

Los Angeles, California
07 Jan 2021
07 Feb 2021
Contract Type

Who We Are:

Reformation is a fast-growing company that proves fast fashion and sustainability can coexist. With both our HQ and our own factory based in Los Angeles, we combine stylish, vintage-inspired designs with sustainable practices. We release limited-edition collections every week on our website and in our 20 brick and mortar stores.

We are a future focused organization committed to the belief that the problems facing our planet and society can be solved through innovation, common sense and education. Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We're #2.


Product Development Director, Footwear


  • More than 12 years experience in Footwear/Accessories development
  • Extensive experience in women’s dress footwear required
  • Proven ability to be both a strategic problem solver and exacting process manager
  • Interest in rolling sleeves up and getting into the details
  • Innate entrepreneur - ability to create process from scratch, and adapt on the fly
  • Problem-solver extraordinaire - always sees paths to a solution, serves up options
  • Inspiring leader - builds and motivates a dynamic team of product developers
  • Star communicator - excels at clear, concise and solution-oriented communication




  • Establishes and ensures adherence to development time and action calendar, but able flex and adapt when necessary
  • Oversees immaculate maintenance of all systems, files, processes
  • Creates and maintains reliable sources of truth for all relevant information on product details, deadlines
  • Maintains systems to track budgets for protos, sample materials, equipment, and courier shipments
  • Manages seamless pass off to Production Manager at PO stage

Product Development

  • Leads all rounds of fittings
  • Technical expert on the team providing guidance/problem-solving support to developers and design
  • Oversees communication with agency/vendors as necessary to execute against Tech Packs, Corrections
  • Partners with Design and agent to achieve target cost
  • Partners with Material Manager to trial new fabrications, execute R&D samples as needed
  • Maintains accuracy of full approved equipment library, both at HQ and at agent’s office


  • Responsible for target return rate achievement
  • Establishes and monitors fit standard and grade scale
  • Oversees fit model casting as needed
  • Review jump sets/FSR feedback as necessary to assess grading

Costs/Budget Management

  • Responsible for First Cost Gross Margin target achievement
  • Responsible for adherence to development budget, managing invoice tracking/approval


Benefits & Perks:

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance for eligible employees
  • Paid vacation, sick, holidays & volunteer time-off for eligible employees
  • Mission based company + casual and entrepreneurial work environment
  • Clothing discount, dog-friendly office, company events + parties and much more 
  • 401K with company match 


To Apply:

Please submit your resume and a short cover letter telling us about yourself and why you are a great fit for Reformation!

The Reformation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status

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