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Footwear Developer


Posted by Xero Shoes on 02/18/2021

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Action, Fitness, Lifestyle, Outdoor

Job Categories: Design - Engineer, Design & Development - Product

Company Type: Apparel/SoftGoods

State: CO

City: Broomfield

Country: United States

Required Experience: 3 - 5 years

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: 85,000-100,000 DOE

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: No

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within: 50+ miles

Job Description & Requirements

Are you passionate about health & wellness and want to make an extraordinary difference in people’s lives? Come work with Xero Shoes! We are looking for a Footwear Developer – someone who is a dynamic, ambitious, highly energetic, and self-motivated person able to thrive in a fast-paced environment while leading your team by example.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: develop designs and deliver innovative construction and material solutions with efficiency; coordinating, communicating and monitoring progress with the design, digital and sales teams; work with the design team to finalize all tech packages according to production reviews, manufacturing rules and performance; evaluate all samples and corresponding changes for development and progression of footwear designs; participate in sales conferences to deliver samples and analyze designs; provide technical education and training for employees to better understand functionality.

This position is located in our corporate office in the Interlocken area in Broomfield, CO and will report to the Chief Product Officer, with deliverables to graphic design, production and sales teams. An estimated 25% of time will be for required travel when COVID restrictions are lifted.


  • Bachelor’s degree. Design training a plus
  • 4 years in performance footwear development. Athletic shoe experience a plus
  • Previous working experience in textiles, color and graphics in footwear or apparel
  • Knowledge of barefoot shoes and constructions a plus
  • Knowledge of costing and forecasting
  • Accepts accountability to graphic design, production and sales teams
  • Analytical and efficient problem solver
  • Excellent verbal and written communications, networking, and presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex tasks and prioritize competing demands in order to meet deadlines

Personal characteristics that fit this position include:

  • Committed to, and enthusiastic about the mission and vision of Xero Shoes
  • A strategic, yet innovative thinker who is adept at multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment, able to plan, prioritize, and organize individual and group activities and processes
  • Outgoing, straightforward, and creative
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Able to work independently and take initiative
  • An adaptable, flexible problem-solver
  • Passionate, comfortable, and outgoing with client interaction
  • Team-focused, enjoys collaborating as part of an active group of highly engaged, creative individuals
  • Exhibit a high degree of maturity, honesty, trust, sophistication, and integrity and cultivates these qualities in others

Job Type: 40 hours Full-time

Pay: $85,000 – $100,000 annually DOE

Benefits Include:

  • Medical and dental after 30 days of continuous employment
  • Complementary pair of shoes each month of employment (up to one pair per style)
  • 401K eligible after one year of employment
  • Employee bonus and incentive plans

COVID-19 considerations:

Traditionally this position has been on-site. Since March 2020, the team has been working both in our Broomfield office and remotely. All COVID precautions are strictly in place.

About Xero Shoes

As seen on Shark Tank, Xero Shoes manufactures and sells lightweight performance recreation footwear. People in 97 countries enjoy Xero Shoes'? sandals and shoes for everything from a stroll on the beach, a hike in the woods, a workout in the gym, to running an ultra marathon.

Xero is all about NATURAL: Natural FIT -- your toes can spread and relax in the wide toe box. Plus the XERO-drop (non-elevated heel and low-to the ground design) allows for proper posture, balance and agility; Natural FUNCTION -- Xeros let your feet bend, flex and move the way they're supposed to.

And they're so lightweight you barely feel them on your feet; Natural FEEL -- the exclusive, patented FeelTrue® soles protects you while also giving your feet and brain the ground feedback they want to feel. Live Life Feet First!