Product Development Specialist - Licensing Products (Contract Part-time)

Melbourne | Australia | Product Development

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Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

Assist with management of the product development process for assigned styles from seasonal kick off through to commercialization for our Licensing products. Collaborate with internal teams and suppliers to provide effective transition from brief/design through to development “buy-ready” commercialisation, on time, within the agreed margin parameter and at the required quality standards. Provide extra guidance to junior developers.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Ensure target price and product designs are aligned through predictive costing. Review, and advise Sourcing Manager of changes that affect all costing, incorporate where quality or cost can be improved without sacrificing product aesthetics. Follow up any pre-costing & sourcing requirements before development of AD’s begins. Work towards Merchandiser’s  required Margin.
  • Ability to effectively raise & release PO’s, track goods & work with planning


  • Manage handover from design to T1 to ensure that all information provided to T1 is complete & accurate & provided in a timely manner. Manage T1 feedback to design. Work with Planning for sub-contracting process (SAP processing where required. As per nominated developer)


  • Evaluate all prototypes for compliance with AD, manage fit approval/size specification, approval of color (Dip approvals: nominated developer), accessories and materials for Bulk. Manage comments to T1.


  • Sign off garment for “Buy Ready” following CP timelines, ensuring all materials and accessories are tested and adhere to adidas quality (nominated developer), safety and A01 standards. Manage quality exceptions with senior management as needed.

Key Relationships:

  • Design, MM & Planning – Development, Materials, Costing and Pattern Maker
  • T1/T2 Supply Partners
  • LO/OC Merchandising, Technical Services and Costing
  • Supply Chain Management

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of material construction and related testing
  • Knowledge of production garment construction and manufacturing
  • Ability to fit a garment and comment to T1 on changes required
  • Basic understanding of costing
  • Effective communication, presentation and negotiation skills
  • Basic understanding of virtual creation/ 3D
  • Fluent English (written and spoken)
  • Advanced IT skills (MS Office & Adobe/Illustrator) and ability to work with Product Data Management Systems
  • Basic knowledge of global sourcing
  • Domestic and International Travel as required

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three-year college or university degree in clothing technology and/or manufacturing or comparable education.
  • At least 1-2 years of work experience in garment/textile industry 

What’s on offer?

 A competitive base salary, bonus scheme and adidas employee benefits are also on offer to the successful candidate

How do I apply?

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  • You will be required to fill out the online applications forms, and attach a copy of your resume and cover letter which addresses all above candidate requirements
  • Applications which do not attach a cover letter which addresses the job requirements specific to adidas will not be considered.
  • Applications will only be accepted through the steps above
  • Please note that due to the high volume of applications adidas receives, we will be unable to respond to all individual inquiries.


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Please note applicants must have permanent legal rights to work in Australia. No Relocation or Visa support is offered for this role.

Please note part of adidas Pacific’s recruitment process will require external candidates to consent to a pre-employment criminal history check

Note to agencies: adidas Pacific does not accept any unsolicited calls or resumes from head hunters, executive recruiters, or other staffing or recruitment agencies. Please do not submit or forward any resumes, CVs or profiles to the adidas careers portal, nor to any adidas personnel. adidas will not pay any fees relating to unsolicited resumes.

adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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The Facts

Jobtitle Product Development Specialist - Licensing Products (Contract Part-time)
Team Product Development
Brand adidas
Location Melbourne
Country Australia
Number 178295
Position Type Part time
Date Aug-10, 2018
Relocation no

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About adidas Pacific

While adidas is a large, global organisation, here in Pacific (Australia & New Zealand) our staff works collaboratively together on a first-name basis in conjuction with our team in South East Asia to form SEAPAC (South East Asia Pacific). We believe in our casual culture and in recognising employees who deliver beyond the requirements of their role while living our brand values. As of January 2015 we have approximately 500 employees across 37 locations (4 offices & 33 retail stores). Featuring an onsite gym, an employee store and kitchen facilities, adidas Pacific's head office in Australia is located 21 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district. This close proximity to Australia's sporting capital means that our employees can enjoy major annual international sporting events in tennis, Formula One, and horse racing. The city is also home to the eighth largest sporting stadium in the world, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Our Market is unique in the sporting world as we cater to 4 football codes - AFL (Australian Football), Rugby League, Rugby Union and Soccer.

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