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Application Engineer - Footwear: Remote

W. L. Gore & Assocs., Inc. • Los Angeles, CA

About Us: Gore is a materials science company focused on improving lives through discovery, product innovation and rewarding careers for our Associates.

About the Industry:  Gore’s pioneering contributions to the science of comfort and protection create fabrics for a range of activities and conditions. Learn more at gore.com/products/industries 

About the Role:  We are looking for an Application Engineer – Footwear to join our Consumer Oriented Fabrics team. In this role, you will be responsible for the quality, training, technical consulting, introduction and implementation of new technologies and materials at our customer liaison offices, vendor sites and factories. This position may be based remotely from a home office in the Western U.S. region.


  • Provide quality guidelines and ensure that these are adhered to direct quality management at our subcontractors' and manufacturers' production sites, set up/secure quality targets and supervise the reporting, communicate and observe those targets
  • Be responsible for driving the training of personnel engaged in customer services and production (including organizing the training of the trainers)
  • Style development
  • Consult with our customers, subcontractors and factories on issues of cost management, sourcing and production operations
  • Take charge of the technical part of the strategic customer relationship in liaison with account managers
  • Cooperate with our R&D teams in order to check manufacturing feasibility and the readiness of new technologies/ materials for mass production and also to facilitate the application of validation procedures

Required Qualifications:  

  • Minimum 3 years work experience in the footwear, sports and/or leather industry
  • A shoe technical education is a must have
  • Service orientation
  • Problem solving oriented
  • Excellent communication and consultative skills
  • A deep understanding of what "value" means to customers and knowing how to deliver it
  • Strong English skills are essential
  • Ability to travel at least 50% of the time

Desired Qualifications:  

  • Full appreciation of the role of intercultural relations in an international work environment

What We Offer:  At Gore, we offer comprehensive, competitive rewards in the form of compensation and benefits. Among these are work-life balance and sports programs, 401(k) Plan with a gift, Associate Stock Ownership Plan, health & well-being program with full health plan, and a flexible working program. Within Gore, you will find a unique culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, and opportunities for growth and development. Learn more at gore.com/careers

We believe in the strength of a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment. In support of our values and continued success we are proud of Associates around the world who support an inclusive work environment, strive to reflect the diversity of the communities where we operate, and ensure all Associates and external partners are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

Gore is committed to a drug-free workplace. All employment is contingent upon successful completion of drug and background screening.
Gore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the U.S. Gore generally will not sponsor visas unless otherwise noted on the position description.
Gore is a M/F, Disabled and Vet EEO/AA employer. (Applies to all positions in the U.S.)
Our Talent Acquisition Team welcomes your questions at gore.com/careers/contact