Apparel Product Developer

Equip Outdoor Technologies UK Derby United Kingdom Development On site
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Company Description

Equip Outdoor Technologies UK Ltd based in Alfreton, Derbyshire specialise in the design and marketing of technical outdoor clothing and equipment. Our experienced and enthusiastic team develop innovative designs, manufactured to the highest standard and brought to market throughout the world. Equip Outdoor Technologies own and operate two leading aspirational outdoor brands, Rab and Lowe Alpine. Our team is based at our Head Office just outside The Peak District National Park off jct28 of the M1 corridor.

For further information on Equip please visit our website at


Great opportunity to join our team as an Apparel Product Developer. You will manage the assigned styles within the seasonal product development process of our world class apparel collection. Working closely with the Senior Product Developer, Design Team & suppliers you will develop the products from initial design sketch through prototype phases to final SMS sign-off.

Key responsibilities of Apparel Product Developer (including but not limited to):

  • Review design sketches, undertake cost feasibility, making relevant technical comments and recommendations to ensure production efficiency
  • Build the initial garment specification and communicate the fit, construction & aesthetic to the overseas vendors to develop patterns and prototype samples
  • Tech Pack creation & maintenance throughout the development phase
  • Set-up and continual maintenance of seasonal development tracker
  • Work together with Senior Product Developer to analyse and challenge the supplier garment cost breakdown and consumptions; update cost tracker in advance of key seasonal meetings to allow predication of margin. Provide alternative methods/options/constructions to hit target cost where needed
  • Follow samples through from initial request ensuring all timelines are met and samples are received and reviewed in-line with the CP
  • Arrange fit sessions with designers and relevant stakeholders to review fit & construction of prototypes, making any adjustments/alterations as necessary and communicating this through to vendor


To join us as Apparel Product Developer you must have:


  • Degree or equivalent in fashion, garment technical or textiles
  • Previous product development experience within outdoor apparel/soft goods
  • Previous experience working with overseas factories
  • Full understanding of garment specification (building specs, adjusting, grading)
  • Strong knowledge of the fitting process
  • In-depth knowledge of all aspects of product construction
  • Understanding of the pattern making process
  • Good understanding of QC process & procedures
  • Hands-on factory experience and knowledge of manufacturing
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills to manage the product development process, liaising with suppliers in line with the critical path
  • High level of competency in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Excel


· An active interest in outdoor sports

Other information


· Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience

· Contributory company pension scheme

· Life Assurance Scheme

· Hybrid working as well as an early finish on Fridays!

· Employee Wellbeing Programme

· Great staff discounts on our Rab and Lowe Alpine products

· Reciprocal trade discounts on climbing, bikes, camping, sailing and running equipment

· Casual dress code

· Modern office facilities with free on-site parking and we are proud to be a climate neutral company

Closing date for applications is 13 December 2022

For general enquiries please contact: [email protected]

Strictly No Agencies please

Our people are part of one team that is geared to achieving success for the company, and we are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff. We are looking for people who are passionate about and can help live our values of Synergy, Ingenuity, Ambition, Determination and Integrity.