Simms Fishing Products: Positions Available

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Simms Fishing Products is a leader in the fishing industry – driven to create growth and vitality in the community. We build trustworthy and angler-driven products. Our employees communicate openly, keep their commitments and inspire trust.   We build for the long haul with products that last and a brand that endures. Our employees are our most important catch.

To be a great fit at Simms, you must embrace the fishing culture and follow our practice to work like we fish – with purpose, passion & curiosity. Be prepared to share your latest fishing adventures.

 

Chief Product Officer (CPO)

Simms Fishing Products, Bozeman, MT, makes premium fishing apparel and footwear including GORE-TEX ® waterproof, breathable waders. The brand was founded by John Simms in 1980 to develop innovative products which help anglers push the limits of their fishing pursuits. Simms took a giant leap in 1993 when current owner K.C. Walsh, a passionate angler and entrepreneur, acquired the company. He relocated the company to Bozeman. Walsh grew up in a fly-fishing family and his life-long dream was to live, work and play in Montana. http://www.simmsfishing.com.

Under Walsh’s leadership, Simms introduced the signature breathable waders in partnership with W.L. Gore & Associates (makers of GORE-TEX® fabric). This enhanced waders to new levels of comfort and performance. Simms’ GORE-TEX® waders are manufactured in their Bozeman headquarters.

Simms is the sole fishing wader manufacturer in the United States and one of two GORE-TEX-certified wader manufacturers in the world. It employs about 140 people with approximately half of those in the production plant. Simms is a recognized Montana economic ambassador and community contributor.

Simms relocated in 2012 to a new 80,000-square-foot Bozeman facility housing corporate headquarters, including wader production. The enlarged footprint provides room to drive product evolution. Simms continues to innovate in a wide assortment of technical offerings – from state-of-the art sun protection and technical outerwear to pioneering footwear technologies.

Simms grows and evolves with one unifying mission: To build trusted, innovative products so anglers can focus on fishing. Simms’ purpose is to inspire the world to fish.

Reports

To Casey Sheahan, CEO

 

Role

The CPO brings extensive experience in merchandising leadership, assortment planning, customer insights & market trend assessments, financial analysis, and omni-channel go-to-market strategy to lead SIMMS’ merchandising and design team. The CPO is responsible to continuously push function, performance, design innovation, fabrics leadership, and appealing aesthetics to help Simms capitalize on our emerging opportunity in fishing-inspiring sportswear.

 

Duties

  • Provide strong leadership, coaching, and mentorship to consistently produce company-leading growth and profitability
  • Lead and inspire internal product line managers, and internal/external product designers to their full potential through creative direction, and constructive criticism with a strong eye for Simms
  • Manage the product design process with internal and freelance designers to build distinctive collections from product brief to field testing to commercialization. Reduce lead times to assure quality samples and bulk production
  • Oversee and manage a consistent design language across all Simms categories
  • Ensure that consistent fit is maintained across all apparel categories


Partnerships

  • Marketing: Deliver product consistent with the brand positioning and Simms’ standards of quality, innovation, and craftsmanship. Collaborate on strategic initiatives to drive brand aesthetics
  • Operations: Leverage expertise with the internal Manufacturing team and the Sourcing department to deliver supply chain efficiency, productivity and exceed margin targets
  • Sales: Design a commercially effective product line which maintains Simms’ Brand Collaborate on initiatives to drive sales growth. Provide training; lead the design point of view and present to the global sales force. Assist in key account sell-in activities. Help generate selling tools.
  • Finance: Lead team to create seasonal product introductions that are differentiated and win in the marketplace and meet/exceed financial targets.

 

Requirements

  • Personal and professional knowledge of the fishing and outdoor industry and the end use consumer
  • Attention to detail at the most granular level
  • Clear point of view developed through experience and market research
  • Ability to present and defend a concept along with a willingness to accept other’s input and directional change
  • Strong analytical, presentation and interpersonal communication skills
  • Personal style which emphasizes and fosters open communication and teamwork
  • A passion for the sport of fishing
  • Significant domestic and international travel will be required
  • This is a full-time, in-house position located in Bozeman, Montana

 

Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree plus a minimum of 10 years’ experience in merchandising function in an outdoor-related industry
  • Experience in technical outerwear and sportswear is necessary
  • Demonstrated record of success launch of innovative products which exceed performance expectations for target customer adoption, retail sell-through, profit margin and company metrics
  • Proven project and people management skills
  • Technical knowledge of fabrics and construction techniques


Opportunity

For the right person, this can be a highly impactful role, providing timely insights on product costing and other finance-related analyses that will help drive better business decisions.

Simms offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including:  Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life, Short-term & Long-term Disability Insurance, 401K Retirement Plan, Paid Holidays & Paid Time Off.

For consideration, please submit your resume to:  cheri.hollenbaugh@simmsfishing.com


Product Developer

The Product Developer (PD) will be a leader of the product creation process to ensure on-time development, engineering, testing, commercialization and accurate specification for all assigned products. The PD will execute in translating 2D design into 3D samples that meet or exceed brief, design intent, costing targets, and adhere to established standards for branding, design, craftsmanship, fit, lab/field testing, quality, and durability.

The Product Developer works autonomously and collaboratively with their immediate manager, and other stakeholders across the product team. The ideal candidate for this role can work across a broad range of product types, and is comfortable diving into new, unknown challenges. The PD is adept in seeking out resources to enhance product creation expertise, including internal coworkers as well as our manufacturers and other external partners. The PD must facilitate positive collaboration across the various functional team(s), and provides critical support in efforts to meet established workflow requirements, budget constraints, sampling standards, fit standards, and milestone dates.

The Product Developer will successfully manage, as assigned, assorted projects to enhance and support the Development process (e.g. process improvement, documentation standards, data integrity). The PD will support the team’s success by mentoring and coaching other product developers on the team.

Outcomes of the role:

  • Key player in seasonal prototype and commercialization phases.
  • Creates and maintains all specs, BOMS, tech packs, relevant records and a sample archive for all assigned categories.
  • Partners closely with the quality team in helping to identify and implement solutions to potential quality risks.
  • Cultivation of positive teamwork and inspiration within the category team(s), across the organization, and with external partners through an open, professional and collaborative work style.
  • Embraces a ‘fail fast to succeed sooner’ approach to developing protos and new concepts.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Line final samples hit target costs.
  • Prototype and commercialization phases hit calendar dates and Simms construction, fit and finish standards.
  • Prototype and commercialization phases hit workflow requirements & sampling standards.
  • Responsiveness, measured by the # of instances of time sensitive communication, not being addressed withing 24 hours of receipt.

Successful candidates should possess:

  • BA in Apparel development or Merchandising preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of Outerwear and Sportswear Apparel Development role for an outdoor, fishing, or lifestyle brand.
  • Prior experience in raw materials development, pattern-making, fit, finishes, and trims.
  • On the-ground experience working with Asian-based factories and suppliers.
  • Excellent communication skills – internal and with global partners.
  • Team player and a problem-solver.

Simms offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including: Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life, Short-term & Long-term Disability Insurance, 401K Retirement Plan, Paid Holidays & Paid Time Off.

For consideration, please submit your resume to:  cheri.hollenbaugh@simmsfishing.com


Custom Branding Program Representative – Part Time

In this role, the CBP Representative will provide superior customer experiences with our retailers at every touch point, assisting dealers and customers grow their Simms branded logo business through on-time delivery focusing on high-quality branding/logo processes, strict adherence to quality, and timeliness with an eye for detail. This role will average 20 hrs a week, with potential increase of hours during peak periods and reduction in slow periods.

This role might be for you if:

  • You enjoy solving problems and you do not get rattled easily. If you do not know the answer, you will dig until you find it yet willing to ask for help and learn from others.
  • You like helping people and pay attention to the little things which makes the difference between “pretty good” and “outstanding”.
  • You think well on your feet and enjoy learning new things and learn them quickly. When things change, you can roll with the punches.
  • You communicate clearly, frequently and can explain just about anything to anyone, and can do so via email or phone.
  • Self-motivated, proactive, with an ability to focus and take action on near term and long term goals & tasks

Outcomes of this role include:

  • Manage all aspects of retailer Custom Branding Program needs: order placement, product and logo recommendations, fulfillment, issue resolution, program evolution & development
  • Effectively balances a variable workload, shifting when necessary to meet the demands of the department and company- This includes assist with processing warranty/repairs, non-logo asap orders and call overflow of all types
  • Reviews and confirms retailers’ artwork and images prior to production, driving for accuracy on every order, delivering exactly what is expected
  • Persistently aims for and exceed or achieves retailer-provided timelines
  • Drive sales growth in the channel, plus maintaining reporting
  • Lead seasonal transitions including: CBP Brochure creation, updates to ordering tools, inventory planning
  • Proactively partner with production partners to ensure effective communication and processes are in place
  • Demonstrate high level of professionalism through timely & effective communication via all channels
  • Diligently learns, utilizes, and understands Simms’ system including NAV, Elastic, Artifi, EmbTrak embellishment software, and possesses a working familiarity with programs such as Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop
  • Support and assist sales management as necessary

Successful candidates should possess:

  • Strong customer service experience, preferably in the outdoor industry via retail or in-house sales/service
  • Solid communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to problem solve and actively listen with a focus on win-win solutions
  • Capacity to task switch quickly, balancing a large inbound phone/email workload in compressed timeframes
  • Technical aptitude with inventory management systems and programs used to track, manage, and process orders, product returns and inventory assessment
  • Obsessive need to ensure all T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted

Simms offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including:  Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life, Short-term & Long-term Disability Insurance, 401K Retirement Plan, Paid Holidays & Paid Time Off.

For consideration, please submit your resume to:  cheri.hollenbaugh@simmsfishing.com


Customer Care Representative

The Simms organization is growing and we’re looking to fill a Customer Care Representative position. This is a full-time, in-house position, based in Bozeman, Montana.

In this role, the Customer Care Representative will provide superior customer experiences with our professional guides, dealers and consumers at every touch point, creating brand loyalty through expert-level product recommendations, advice and guidance on all things Simms – this is the ‘go to’ for finding solutions for any and all situations that may occur, with a win-win solution as the ultimate goal.

This role will work with all types of Simms customers, ranging from Guides to consumers and dealers, handling all inbound order processing, product recommendation and post-sale activities, such as product returns and warranty needs.

Outcomes of this role include:

  • Efficiently handles order fulfillment through all three channels in a timely manner with the highest level of accuracy
  • Able to provide expert-level product knowledge to a variety of anglers, regardless of experience levels, and sell them into the right product based on their personal needs and goals and recommend appropriate care and maintenance
  • Effectively balances a variable workload, shifting when necessary to meet the demands of the department and company
  • Maintains a high level of professionalism while on the phone or communicating via email
  • Diligently utilizes and understands Simms’ inventory management system, contact center and ticketing management system as well as individual channel ordering sites and associated features
  • Looks for opportunities to improve overall customer experience by identifying and contributing to process improvements

Successful candidates should possess:

  • Strong customer service experience, preferably in the outdoor industry via retail or in-house sales/service
  • Solid communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to problem solve and actively listen with a focus on win-win solutions
  • Capacity to task switch quickly and efficiently, balancing a large inbound phone/email workload
  • Technical aptitude with inventory management systems, Excel and other programs used to track, manage and process orders, product returns and inventory assessment
  • Ability to quickly learn and understand the full product line, fabric technologies and expertly explain and recommend Simms products to a variety of anglers and experience levels

 

Simms offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including:  Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life, Short-term & Long-term Disability Insurance, 401K Retirement Plan, Paid Holidays & Paid Time Off.

For consideration, please submit your resume to:  cheri.hollenbaugh@simmsfishing.com

Don’t See Your Dream Job?

If you would like to submit a resume for future consideration for Simms Fishing Products’ positions should they become available, please submit a cover letter and resume by email to cheri.hollenbaugh@simmsfishing.com.

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