Arbor Snowboards have been making environmentally conscious boards since 1995. In that time they’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but lately they’ve been on a huge upswing with their complete overhaul of the brand from product to their team. Now as a recent job posting on Malakye shows they are entering the binding market.
The job itself is pretty straight forward as you can see below:
POSITION DETAILS //
• Required Experience: 5 years
• Job Type: Full-Time
• Position: Design Engineer – Snowboard Bindings
• Supervisor: Arbor Snowboard’s General and Brand Managers
POSITION SUMMARY //
Responsible for the development of Arbor Snowboards’ Binding Line. Will be required to create the innovation required to compete in the market and oversee quality control, delivery timelines, costs, budgets, packaging, and sales/marketing support.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES //
1.) LINE MANAGEMENT
• Develop and maintain accurate tech packs
• Develop and maintain accurate tool lists and development lists for clear agreement and communication of development projects
• Development – working with team riders, sales force, product testers, and other development resources(factories, ID firms, in-house resources)to define, merchandise, and develop the binding line.
• Control the annual timeline, keeping the efforts on target from early design concept through sample delivery.
• Design to the needs of the wider audience – team, beginner to advanced rider,and rental shops.
• Design for performance, comfort, durability, and convenience.
• Manage the balance between ideal design qualities and costing goals.
• Stay clear of existing patents and create new ones for Arbor where possible.
• Test designs in the lab and on-hill to insure integrity standards
• Coordinate material and component selection or development in a way that balances performance and cost.
• Oversee tooling build and purchase of all parts.
• Insure that creative department hits calendar for color, graphic, logo, packaging and other creative needs in a manner that keeps the bindings within the cost targets.
• Manage the sampling process
• Get art to the factories on time
• Get samples made and in the hands of the creative and product department for sign-off
• Achieve on-time full sign-off to get sample bindings delivered on time.
3.) QUALITY CONTROL
• Guide the setting up of specifications for quality control.
• Confirm that QC processes are efficient and effective.
4.) SALES & MARKETING SUPPORT
• Assist with education of the sales force
• Maintain market awareness through interaction with the team, dealers, and sales force, on hill experience, trade show research, shop visits, and other interactions.
After twenty years of making boards it’s safe to say that Arbor’s move to include bindings doesn’t seem hasty compared to other companies that rapidly expand over a relatively short period of time. What this does do though is open up the question of the status of Arbor and Flux’s long time collaboration and shared team riders. We are currently awaiting a quote from an Arbor representative on this topic and will update accordingly.
2015 is shaping up to be an interesting year in terms of bindings. Fix Binding Co. is a new brand launching out of Canada that has some seasoned veterans working on the project on the back end. Snowboard Business Canada were able to do an exclusive interview with Jason Broz about the new company and it’s worth a read. There’s also Norwegian brand Vimana that is launching with boards, boots, and bindings.
Is 2015 going to be a huge introduction year for new brands and new lines in already established brands?