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Research & Development Manager full-time

Location: Vancouver, BC
Salary: 100000-120000
Company Name: lululemon
Category: Business Dev/Sales, Design
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Research & Development Manager

Lululemon Athletica Inc.,

Vancouver, British Columbia

NOC: 0212


Number of positions: 1


Min education: Bachelor's Degree

R&D manager, Whitespace Innovation Team

in•vent: to produce or contrive (something previously unknown)

by the use of ingenuity or imagination

lululemon athletica

Founded in 1998 in beautiful Vancouver, BC lululemon athletica

creates components for people to help live long, healthy and fun


Whitespace and why we need you…

The Whitespace team shapes, surprises and engineers delight

into the future guest experience through advanced innovation

principles and state of the art facilities. We go beyond classic

research and development methodologies into the realm of

limitless possibility for both body and mind within all of the

places that our guests & lululemon choose to play together. We

need you to work on short, mid and long-term projects by

exploring, defining, creating and proving.

A day in the life of an R&D manager

Good morning! You have started your day even before you arrive

at the office where overnight your inbox has filled with updates

from your global network, new challenges and the inevitable

rework of your schedule. Your brain churns but no time to dwell

as you have project briefings and reviews, a new fabric, a new

construction process and several new product technologies,

each converging towards an exciting completion. Your cycle to

work has brought you the time to mentally re-map your day and

solve the elusive engineering problem that has been quietly

bubbling at the back of your mind. As soon as you arrive in the

office, the task list is updated and distributed to your project

teams, you all dive into the workshop, and with a quick tweak

here and there that amazing new technology takes an important

step towards commercialization. You head up to your desk to

check in with the rest of the Whitespace team and enroll them in

elevating your analysis of the latest product report…it’s not

ready yet! Clearly a new method needs to be developed and a

consensus forms towards setting a new bar, so together you

rally the troops and plan how to drive towards it. You then turn

your attention to the product feedback stream and then you’re off

into the “ field” either in the beautiful Vancouver outdoors or

perhaps a little farther afield. Don’t forget to have some lunch.

On your return the pleasant distraction of a ringing phone calls

you into a meeting to explain how sweating really works. By the

time 5:30 rolls around, you’ve hit a target, set a goal and the

flywheel is spinning just that little bit smoother and faster, for


The finer print

You are highly disciplined in the art of Research & Development

with 3-5+ years of proven experience within sporting goods or

athletic apparel companies.

You have completed a bachelors degree as a requirement in a

related field.

You have successfully applied your trade to materials, products,

science & technology

You are familiar with the management of the most advanced

testing facilities, robust methodologies and education

You have created bespoke testing equipment to help search for

those annoying elusive answers

You have worked extensively with 3rd party experts, labs,

institutions and advanced facilities

You have external vendor experience from a research,

development and commercialization point of view

Your experience has given you depth and breadth across

multiple and complex commercial projects

You are a fearless and inspirational motivator with an iron will

and a ‘can do’ attitude, you lead by example

You know that success is found in an attention to detail

throughout the entire process and you put the guest first

You are an R&D guru and you need us as much as we need you

You sweat every day because you are the best product tester

you know

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