Soft Goods Materials Developer

Yeti Custom Shop Austin , TX 78719

Posted 2 months ago

At YETI, we believe that time spent outdoors matters more than ever and our gear can make that time extraordinary. When you work here, you'll have the opportunity to create exceptional, meaningful work and problem solve with innovative team members by your side. Together, you'll help our customers get the high-quality gear they need to make the most of their adventures. We are built for the wild.

The Soft Goods Materials Developer manages a group of materials from concept through production launch. Collaborates with the Product Development and the Design team to achieve seasonal initiatives. Development of all associated materials which may include, woven and non-woven goods, trims and components. The position requires extensive knowledge of materials as well as construction and manufacturing considerations.


  • Research, develop, approve and specify seasonal materials. Materials must adhere to established test standards as well as development calendars.

  • Partner with Material Suppliers to drive design direction, material performance, and quality standards.

  • Collaborate with the internal Design and Product Development teams.

  • Manage implementation and approval of new color directions.

  • Approve only materials that are fully commercialized and meet YETI's requirements for quality, cost, and environmental and social responsibility.

  • Manage material level testing with both YETI internal and external testing labs.

  • Create and maintain material specifications for use within YETI and our material supplier partners.

  • Work with YETI quality teams and material suppliers to support continued adherence to the requirements in our material specifications

  • Proactively work to identify the material development needs of future and in-line products.

  • Be an inspiration to the Design team.


  • Degree in a related field or equivalent job experience (apparel, textile design, technology, merchandising, engineering).

  • 6+ years experience in new product development.

  • Strong working knowledge of test standards applicable to fabric, trims, and components used in the technical outdoor goods industry (ASTM, AATCC, ISO, etc).

  • Strong working knowledge of finished goods construction, material construction and properties, fabric goods patterning, and manufacturing technologies.

  • Ability to be a technical resource to others.

  • Proven history of problem solving and product innovation.

  • Extensive knowledge of supply chain and experience working in Asia is required.

  • Extreme attention to detail.

  • Able to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to effectively work cross functionally in a dynamic team environment.

  • Personal interest in outdoor activities is strongly preferred.

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally at least 2 to 5 times a year.

  • Must be authorized to work on a full-time basis in the United States.

YETI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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