Footwear Developer

Industry : Sport Brands | Speciality : Product Development| Location : France| City : Annecy| Languages : English, French


Sport Business Talent is working with the Mountain Millet Group to recruit a Footwear Developer

As key players in the "Mountain / Outdoor" world, the Millet and Lafuma brands, together with within the Millet Mountain Group, have been providing leisure enthusiasts of outdoor and mountain activities for more than 60 years. Always inspired by their pioneering spirit and very involved in sustainable development, the Millet Mountain Group brands rely on unique French know-how to design, develop, and market products combining quality, innovation, technicality, and well-being. In the frame of our development, we are looking for a Senior Footwear Developer (M/F). In this position, you will be responsible for:



  • Technical development of an on-going portfolio of footwear projects, respecting cost and performance objectives, aesthetics and the development calendar.
  • The completion of product technical files and sample reports, including the coordination of technical product information and clear communication to our supplier partners,
  • The on-going search for and testing of new materials, research of new fabrication methods and technologies to maximize our ability to bring innovations to the market
  • Communication and liaison with suppliers as necessary to achieve each project’s objectives. In the frame of these missions, you will ensure:
  • Modification of technical drawings in Adobe Illustrator, including the adjustment of existing designs and patterns, manipulation of photos, the writing of technical details, and product development comments. • Date-focused product development cycle management, including helping the management of the footwear team’s development projects calendar.
  • Management of materials library and supplier catalogues, ensuring that information and test results on our components and materials are kept up to date
  • Assist with lab testing of products and materials as required
  • On-going general monitoring of outdoor industry market trends, customer and end-user feedback.
  • Participate in a team discussion, contributing to the evolution of both the product range and team methodologies, along with the general ambiance of the footwear team.
  • Frequent travel to factories (especially in Asia) to help drive the footwear development process


Your profile:

  • Graduate in flexible materials (option footwear) or equivalent and experience of 5 years in a similar position (the majority of which must have specifically been in footwear)
  • Eye for detail and good understanding of footwear construction materials and methods
  • Very well-organized with a systematic and methodical work approach
  • Competent in Adobe Illustrator
  • Clear communicator, with good oral and written communication both in English and French • Team player, with a good ability to adapt
  • Knowledge of the outdoor market
  • Knowledge of production processes
  • Ability to manage stress and maintain a positive life-work balance
  • Ability to travel abroad
  • Ideally is a climber, skier or practices other mountain sports.
  • Location: Annecy-Le-Vieux (74 – France) with frequent travel abroad Type contract




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