Footwear Developer resume example with 11+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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I'm an organized, conscientious, footwear developer.  I have a firm handle on how to engineer patterns to drive efficient yields, maximum comfort, and most favorable import duty.  I keep communication transparent across teams, providing costing and construction guidance as well as steering material selection.  I understand that change is the nature of the business and I try to keep an open mind in every situation and adapt accordingly.
  • Project management
  • Process improvement
  • Material development
  • Vendor relationship building

  • Cost engineering and negotiation
  • Efficient time management skills
  • Keen eye for colors/materials
  • Knowledge of import tariffs
Footwear Developer, 02/2018 - 05/2018
Keen Footwear Portland, OR,
  • Developed FW19 men's and women's lifestyle footwear
  • Managed 6 new tools, 75 new uppers, and 1400 skus in one season
  • Prepared and executed pattern revisions and color CADs
  • Managed factory transfer of two collections from Thailand to China working closely with the new factories to execute samples to precisely duplicate current production.


Footwear Developer, 10/2010 - 02/2018
Keen Footwear Palo Alto, CA,
  • Managed the development of men's and women's outdoor performance and lifestyle footwear ranging from sandals, sneakers, waterproof, and insulated boots
  • Collaboratively built briefs with marketing and design teams by providing material, construction, costing and timeline knowledge
  • Reviewed upper shell patterns and tooling files at each round; providing pattern suggestions anticipating and resolving fit and construction challenges
  • Critically examined cost breakdowns during sample reviews providing options to hit targeted FOB
  • Analyzed fit and wear testing results leading to discussion around what functional changes are needed; providing a strategy to solve fit concerns that come up late in the process without delaying commercialization for on-time delivery
  • Supervise changes made to construction and material selection and work with material vendors, mold shops and pattern master
  • Advised designers on pattern engineering for efficient yields, best fit, and favorable import duties 
  • Created calendars and action plans to keep the greater team on track for timely product reviews and on-time sample delivery 
  • Created best practices for tech package creation, process flow, and data archiving
  • Implemented a last consolidation effort to ensure fit consistency and consumer confidence  
  • Worked closely with the fit and wear-testing team to improve footwear fit, comfort, and proper grading through extreme sizes
  • Confirmed final product for commercialization 
  • In the event of product cancelation, performed project "autopsy" from concept to execution to learn from mistakes and prevent repeating them
Footwear Developer II, 09/2006 - 09/2010
  • Managed the development of Puma men's and women's "Archive" footwear collection 
  • Researched account customer profiles, regional needs, and product trends to co-create project briefs
  • Developed several collaborations with Supreme, Sneaker Freaker, and Alife featured on Hypebeast
  • Created new materializations and thematic stories to keep classic silhouettes fresh and trend-right
  • Advised designers on pattern engineering for efficient yields, best fit, and favorable import duties
  • Consulted on 2D blueprints and 3D modeling of midsole, outsole, sockliner and other molded components
  • Reviewed cost breakdowns and material percentages to  rework and negotiate with suppliers as needed
  • Created and proof-read catalog copy

Education and Training
Bachelor of Arts: Public Policy Planning and Management, Expected in
University of Oregon - Eugene, OR
Professional Training
  • ISA Tan Tec Leather Finishing School
  • Professional development courses including Conflict Resolution, Influencing Skills, Managing for First Time Managers, DISC Assessment and Application, Managing Millennials, Illustrator for Beginners
  • English - highly proficient
  • German - light conversation

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  • University of Oregon

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  • Footwear Developer
  • Footwear Developer II


  • Bachelor of Arts

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