Bike Developer
Taichung, Taiwan

Position summary :

  • Asia based Product Operations Department manages the development process and are the eyes, ears, and hands of the USA / Cham product management teams.
  • As an extension of the brand, they are to uphold the standards of performance, quality, integrity and delivery Specialized customers and riders expect.
  • Ensures bicycle spec’s, colors, costs and test results meet the expectations of the product management team and are approved in time for production.
  • Maintaining the development tracking tools, sending weekly status reports, and being able to report the status for a given project for deliver control is standard work for this role.
  • The Bike developer is chartered with getting the most out of our assemblers, so relationship skills and communications are as important as technical knowledge and work ethic.
  • The Bike developer will need to act as leader in diagnosing, solving and defining a corrective action plan when product issues arise that threaten production.
  • Role Responsibilities :

    Product Development :

  • Work with SBC and assemblers to develop new bicycles, finishes and systems in line with the design direction
  • Ride, understand the needs of riders, participate in the categories you work on to bring rider empathy to the work you do.
  • Data Management :

  • Manage bicycle information : Bill of Materials, pricing, approvals, test results, photos, color matching, component specification and descriptions.
  • Maintain Bicycle status & timeline in PLM systems
  • Send Weekly Report(s) Every Friday on Bicycle status
  • Quality Compliance :

  • Communicate issues found in the field and work with Quality and Engineering teams to expedite our response and ability to solve them.
  • Work with QC on the diagnosis and holding the assemblers accountable when production issues are found.
  • Work with Assemblers and uphold SBC policy and ensure vendor alignment with SBC strategy.
  • Collaborate with Compliance Product Developers to ensure ALL new components and combinations are tested
  • Collaborate with Product Managers Engineering to ensure ALL specifications are compatible with one another (including Frames, Forks, accessories, and new components
  • Supply Chain :

  • Helping to discover new sourcing options & new technologies and introduce them to the team for future business consideration.
  • Work with Assemblers closely to build and maintain the relationship and trust
  • Work with Assemblers to improve product performance, quality, testing and delivery while pushing them to innovate both in product and manufacturing to bring new products to market with improved efficiency.
  • Collaborate with Product Development Team Supply Chain Team to ensure on time delivery of bicycles.
  • Photoshoot :

  • Lead annual catalogue photo shoots and ensure accuracy of spec, color and set up while making sure it’s completed on time.
  • Service Parts

  • Work with Global Customer Service team to identify parts used, and provide information to purchasing
  • Travel :

  • Attend Tradeshows, Vendors, Events, Field, Specialized offices as needed.
  • Skills & Knowledge :

  • Good communication skills, both in English and Mandarin / Taiwanese, including listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • Familiar with MS system (Outlook, Word, Excel etc.)
  • Experience working with international cultures
  • Understanding of principles for intellectual property ownership and confidentiality.
  • Good problem solving abilities and a sense for getting to the cause of issues
  • Knowledge of bicycle assembly, process, material, logistic and delivery flow.
  • Experience :

  • Three year’s work experience of product development, project management or trading. (Preferably experience in Bicycle Assembler)
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