Vista Outdoor Product Developer in Petaluma, California

Join our talented team. Employees at Vista Outdoor are passionate and committed to delivering quality products to our customers. Our culture centers on an engaged and accountable workforce. Our goal is to attract and retain a diverse workforce: rich in talent, background, ideas and experience.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Major Responsibilities :

  • Create and manage Bill of Materials (BOMs), product development calendars, and coordinate prototyping of designs with all factories.

  • Participate in daily product team meetings with cross-functional teams, to coordinate project actions, mitigate project risks, and communicate challenges and potential solutions.

  • Partner with cross-functional teams to fulfill all development deliverables, spanning from seasonal project kickoff to final pre-production sample approval.

  • Partner with design and product management in comprehensive prototype and costing reviews, to bring design vision to life within the confines of target costing.

  • Assist in communication with contract designers by communicating calendar deadlines, organizing and participating in sample review meetings, and providing factory cost / construction feedback.

  • Implement and manage factory development process improvements that increase workflow efficiency.

  • Facilitate constructive feedback from factory and overseas development teams on construction and materials through regular product reviews.

  • Maintain regular email and skype communication with factory contacts, overseas development team, and suppliers regarding project status, and calendar timing.

  • Execute thorough factory cost BOM reviews and manage factory cost negotiation for assigned styles.

  • Supervise overseas development team on the procurement and input of seasonal weights and dims for hangtag, web, and catalogue collateral.

  • Manage photo shoot sample process through collaboration with creative, sourcing team, factory contacts, and product management.

  • Partner with factory and designers to cost engineer styles during factory direct development trips.

  • Direct ERP and Centric set-up activities and maintenance of products

Job Requirements/Experience:

  • 3-5 years of experience in product development. Softgoods and hardgoods experience preferred

  • Experience coordinating activities across multiple departments and stakeholders

  • Good working knowledge of Illustrator, Excel, Word, Outlook


  • Proven ability to coordinate across functional teams

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to easily transition from macro thinking to micro thinking

  • Experience using Adobe Illustrator, MS office, ERP systems, PDM software

  • Able to travel oversees (Asia)

  • Good judgment with the ability to drive timely and sound decisions

  • Commitment to excellence and high standards

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a meeting and keep the topics relevant

  • Excellent problem recognition and collaboration skills for resolution

  • Ability to escalate issues in a concise and timely manner

  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines

We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including: medical and dental, vision, disability and life insurance, 401K, PTO, tuition reimbursement, and the ability to add value to an exciting mission!

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veteran/Disabled

Vista Outdoor is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and any other characteristics protected by law. The EEO Law poster is available here:

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