Payless ShoeSource

  • Footwear Product Developer, Athletics & Wholesale

    Job Locations US-TX-Dallas
    Position Type Regular
    Requisition ID
    Product Development
  • Overview

    FIND YOUR FIT with Payless ShoeSource as the Footwear Product Developer, Athletics & Wholesale.

    You know who you are.  And you know what moves you.  That's why your chosen career should fit you as well as your favorite pair of shoes, every step of the way.  And that's what makes a career with Payless ShoeSource the perfect fit for you.

    The Footwear Product Developer, Athletics and Wholesale is responsible for helping to create and implement the direction set by the Product Development Manager for the Category/Department, which leads to the production of all footwear per the seasonal product calendar.


    In this role, the Product Developer for this category will be expected to:

    • Collaborate with our merchandising and design teams as well as our agent partners to develop and source footwear from our factories located around the world.
    • Collaborate with third party wholesale partners to develop and source footwear from our factory base.
    • Enter and track information in the Payless Sample Request System. This includes tracking information related to all product details including, but not limited to, new last and outsole development and material specifications.
    • Responsible for all email communication and product updates/revisions to external Product Development and Costing teams – evening conference calls, as needed.
    • Review product costing throughout the sample development process. They will provide cost saving alternatives as needed to ensure products meet the target first cost.
    • Work with our Customs team to understand duty requirements and build products to meet the target duty rates.
    • Ensure material and product testing is completed prior to production and in conjunction with the product creation calendar. Partner with QA team on any quality issues.
    • Coordinate with Fit team to ensure aesthetic finesse and comfort in all footwear products.


    • A 4-year degree required, preferably in merchandising, textile or business
    • Effective communicator who is able to maintain a positive attitude and thrive in a team environment
    • Highly organized and able to adapt quickly to changing priorities
    • Detail-oriented and able to keep track of a multitude of projects in a complex value chain
    • Eye for trend and design. Ability to discuss design ideas with merchants
    • Hands-on and results-oriented
    • Comfortable influencing others through building trust and strong relationships
    • Have a respect and understanding for diverse cultures
    • International & domestic travel expected – 15%
    • Software experience with Excel, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator is preferred


    Payless ShoeSource is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  This business uses E-Verify in its hiring practices to achieve a lawful workforce.

    Payless ShoeSource is the largest specialty footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere, offering a vast array of style, brand and size selections at affordable prices for every member of the family. Founded in in 1956, today Payless serves millions of customers through our extensive global network of over 3,400 stores and an increasing eCommerce presence. We employ nearly 18,000 associates in over 40 countries worldwide and are committed to providing an inclusive work culture for all members of the Payless team.


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