HDC - Skate Hardgoods Developer

NHS, Inc., a privately held company based in Santa Cruz, CA, was established over 40 years ago, and is considered one of the most respected and recognized SKATE and APPAREL companies in the world today. Our brand names include Santa Cruz Skateboards, Independent Truck Company, Creature Skateboards, Krux Trucks, Bullet, Ricta Wheels, OJ Wheels, Slime Balls Wheels, Mob Grip, and Bronson Speed Co.


This full-time position is a key member of the NHS Hardgoods Development staff, reporting to the HDC Department Manager, working closely with members of the Hardgoods Development Center (HDC). This role requires daily communication with manufacturers concerning product specifications, reviewing and processing samples, as well as working closely with artists and brand managers. This position relies heavily on the consistency and conformity with product development standards and timelines. Success in this role requires the ability to work independently while maintaining a high level of attention to detail.


Job duties include but are not limited to:


  • Responsible for reviewing style guides for accuracy to ensure files and artwork are clear and consistent for vendors
  • Prepare and maintain technical specification and BOM sheets, upload files to vendor FTP sites
  • Keep style guides and technical sheets updated based on changes in development cycle
  • Analyze and evaluate skate product samples, clearly communicate comments to vendors regarding aesthetics, technical details and quality
  • Develop and maintain a high standard of communication with domestic and overseas vendors
  • Generate and monitor Ziflow proofs for sample review by artists and brand managers
  • Research new aesthetic treatments with vendors to suggest use in future product lines
  • Keep calendar tasks updated in Asana to reflect current development status
  • Assist with organizing, tagging, rotating and archiving hardgoods development samples
  • Review and confirm seasonal set-up and tooling fees for Purchasing
  • Maintain master development MOQ and set-up fee reference file for Development and Creative
  • Participate in QA evaluation of seasonal production samples and periodically review product in warehouse
  • Work with R&D and vendors to help resolve issues discovered during QA related to aesthetics, color and quality
  • Participate in regular vendor calls on status of development and production
  • Procure development workshop supplies, stock and display various treatment options from vendors
  • Assist with work order entry for NHS hardgoods manufacturing

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Product Development experience required, 3-5 years’ experience is preferred
  • Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of the product development process
  • Able to work 40+ hours a week at our Santa Cruz, CA office
  • Genuine interest/passion for the action sports industry and making the highest quality products
  • Experience with style guides and the ability to prepare technical packages for a diverse range of products
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of understanding spot and process color
  • Experience or demonstrated knowledge of .jpeg image manipulation/optimization
  • Proficiency with Adobe Illustrator, MS Excel and Outlook; Asana and Ziflow experience a plus 
  • Team player with great attitude. Creative when it comes to problem solving
  • Self-driven and able to work under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment 
  • Must have a keen eye for detail and highly organized
  • Proficient in verbal and written communication


Physical requirements:

  • Must live near or be willing to relocate to Santa Cruz, CA
  • Must possess ability to see and interpret PMS colors
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 30lbs
  • Must be willing and able to travel (domestic or overseas) one to two times a year


NHS, Inc. offers competitive salaries, a profit-sharing bonus plan, health insurance with a low employee contribution, a 401K plan and personal time off. Awesome employee discounts on NHS product as well as several perks and discounts with other action sports industry affiliates.

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