L.L.Bean, Inc

  • Product Developer II, Men's & Women's Knit Apparel

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  • Overview

    L.L.Bean has something for anyone who wants to build a successful career in a wide variety of positions from developing quality apparel and reliable outdoor equipment to providing legendary customer service in person or on the phone to the best customers a company could ask for.


    For over 100 years we have been making great products and helping generations of people enjoy the outdoors. Like our founder, L.L. Bean always said, being outside brings out the best in us. The outdoors is a common thread among our employees and there has never been a better time to join our team in one of our 51 Retail Stores in 20 States, at our Corporate Headquarters in Freeport or perhaps in one of our Customer Support Call Centers, Distribution Warehouses or in our Brunswick Manufacturing Facility.


    L.L.Bean is currently seeking a Product Developer II, Men's & Women's Knit Apparel to own the execution of the development of these lines. The successful candidate will support the design merchandising and sourcing teams by maintaining the product development process as it relates to process systems samples and quality execution.


    1. Manages the development process of product line from conception through to production.
    2. Works with raw materials sourcing to identify new fabric development needs. Provide fabric development needs to mills and/or suppliers to develop materials that meet strategic direction and cost.
    3. Develop/drive calendar to meet development timelines, production plans and delivery schedules for products and raw materials. Monitor to ensure all deadlines are met.
    4. Ensure Corp Merchant & Design’s vision is met through development of products that meet cost & margin targets, including attention to:  materials, construction, fit, wear/lab testing, performance & function.
    5. Works with key sourcing partners to determine vendors, construction, quality, design, and review & negotiate product costing.
    6. Partners with innovation, research and testing to find new materials and construction techniques.
    7. Maintains FlexPLM system to support the development process.
    8. Maintains consistent flow of information to key partners including Merchandising, Design, Sourcing & Technical Design to ensure that key aspects of the product are clearly communicated.
    9. Generates solutions to problems and takes appropriate action leading to resolution.  Uses collaborative problem-solving skills to generate solutions and able to assert clear point of view.
    10. Delivers engaging and clear presentations to leave audience with deeper understanding and knowledge.  Communicates appropriately for the message and audience, including frequent informal, timely, two-way communication.
    11. Builds collaborative relationships in order to support win-win outcomes.  Sought out as a trusted expert in field.  Effectively advocates for ideas but also remains open to others. 
    12. Demonstrates high discretion and accountability.
    13. Travel to trade shows, factories and mills to research material innovation and construction techniques.
    14. Some overseas and domestic travel required: 5-10%
    15. Performs these and other duties as assigned.

    Health and Safety Requirement: Every employee is responsible for contributing to a safe and healthy workplace. Employees are expected to be active participants in health and safety by following all safety policies and procedures reporting unsafe conditions or at-risk behaviors to leadership and conducting work in a safe manner. Those in a leadership role are also expected to model safe behaviors evaluate risk and ensure that risks are reduced to acceptable levels.


    • 3-5 years of relevant Product Development or Merchandising experience
    • BA/BS or equivalent required
    • Passion for product and innovation
    • Great aesthetic eye and can interpret trends appropriate for the L.L.Bean brand
    • Solid knowledge of product category, product materials and product development lifecycle required
    • Deadline driven with a track record of delivering excellent results on time
    • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks while effectively meeting deadlines
    • Demonstrates strong organizational skills
    • Ability to work independently and manage shifting priorities
    • Ability to collaborate and work effectively on a team
    • Must be able to handle difficult situations in a calm, professional manner
    • Creative problem-solving abilities
    • Excellent computer skills with experience using the Microsoft Office Suite and Specification Management Programs
    • Flexible in ever-changing, fast paced environment

    Each year Forbes Magazine compiles a list of which U.S. companies are the best at making employees feel happy and inspired. For the third year in a row, L.L.Bean made Forbes’ coveted list, the highest ranked in the clothing, shoes and sports equipment retailer category. This recognition began in 2015, being ranked as one of America’s Best Employers at #5. The following year in in 2016, we topped the list at #1. In 2017 L.L.Bean returned in the #15 slot on Forbes America’s Best Midsized Employers List.


    These awards were achieved in part due to the corporate culture and unique benefits we offer our employees, below is a partial list of what is offered to those who join L.L.Bean.

    •  An excellent total compensation package
    • 401(k) retirement savings plan with generous matching funds available upon hire
    • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for employees, spouses and domestic partners, including dependents up to the age of 26
    • Pre-tax flexible spending accounts for qualified health care and dependent care costs.
    • Life and disability insurance for employees, spouses and domestic partners
    • Flexible PTO earned to cover vacation, personal and holiday hours
    • Ability to purchase additional PTO
    • Tuition reimbursement program
    • Outdoor experience days for qualified positions
    • Discounts on Outdoor Discovery School adventures
    • Access to the L.L.Bean Fitness facilities and access to health and wellness activity classes
    • Shop at the Employee Store and utilize the equipment loan program at the Employee Use Room
    • Access to L.L.Bean cabins and tent sites at Rangeley Lake through internal quarterly lottery 
    • For more details, please visit our website at llbeancareers.com and refer to the benefits section.

    We recognize the importance of diversity in creating a better world and a stronger organization. L.L.Bean is an equal opportunity employer.



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