Overview

As the Director of Development, you will establish and set the direction for the R&D function of Fox Racing Hardgoods (Helmets, Goggles, Guards, Boots) with respect to processes, procedures, and infrastructure.  This position leads the research, technology development and product design and development activities of the company and provides strategic management of all R&D initiatives. The Director of Development will apply their broad and diverse knowledge of R&D principles to ensure consumer expectations are exceeded, product quality targets met, and financial metrics achieved.

Essential Functions of this Role: 

  • Lead the execution of all R&D activities
  • Develop and implement R&D initiatives, metrics, best practices, and targets
  • Ensure projects have a focus on the customer, safety, quality, schedule, and cost control
  • Direct the internal id design and manage outside consultants
  • Work collaboratively with Marketing and Sales to develop market leading product plans and strategies
  • Utilize research, market understanding, and outside of the box thinking, to obtain executive commitment to new R&D initiatives and products
  • Direct the process for the evaluation and commercialization of new technologies
  • Establish and manage the R&D Opex and Capex budgets
  • Ensure that R&D achieves annual operating plan goals
  • Manage team resource capacity through appropriate staffing level practices, outside contractors, and project prioritization
  • Lead the identification of opportunities to reduce costs and improve business process related to product development
  • Work with Manufacturing and QA to ensure new products are of the highest quality
  • Assist in the valuation and protection of intellectual properties
  • Direct and control internal and external quality audit exams
  • Maintain and create new positive relationships with vendor partners that can bring value and innovation to Fox products
  • Deeply understand applicable safety standards and lead evaluation of designs and solutions to meet them.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science or Engineering
  • Master’s Degree in related field preferred
  • 10+ years related experience in R&D with a minimum of five years in a R&D management role
  • Demonstrated history of high achievement in Product Development
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of R&D technologies and strategies
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable consumer product regulations
  • Prior experience working with overseas vendors

Competencies:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with the ability to develop rapport/credibility with diverse groups both internally and externally
  • Excellent time management, multi-tasking and organizational skills
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  •  Lead a team of engineers, designers, and developers in both the US and Asia.

Work Environment:

  • This job operates within the corporate offices

Physical Demands:

  • May be required to work more than 8 hours during a workday

Expected Hours of Work:

  • Must be available to work occasional off-hours and weekends
  • Must be available during standard business hours

Travel:

  • Travel to Asia to support R&D as needed

About Fox Head, Inc./SHIFT Racing

Fox Racing is the global leader in motocross and mountain biking gear and apparel. We outfit the world’s best competitive athletes and enthusiasts with products that combine innovation and style, rooted in the brand's original competitive motocross spirit.