How To Become A Footwear Production Coordinator

Footwear Production Coordinators push forward the sample manufacturing process of the sneaker to completion and coordinates samples across multiple teams from Design to Creative teams to set up before going to market.

Career Profile, Salary & Job Outlook —

What does a Footwear Production Coordinator do?

Footwear Production Coordinators or Sample Coordinators track production with factories and follow up on confirmation, testing, and TOP samples. Moreover, they handle daily communications with offices to help process purchase orders from retailers, handle sneaker samples with the sales team, and make necessary corrections to fit, color, materials, and other components. Because of this, they are well-rounded with analytical and soft skills. Additionally, they have experience with vendor compliance, packing, and having an eye for color.

How much does a Footwear Production Coordinator make?

According to ZipRecruiter, Footwear Production Coordinators make a national average of $43,000 or $20.67 an hour in 2021. In general, entry-level footwear production managers make around $28,000 annually, with senior-level production managers making $97,000 a year.

What impact does this career have towards the sneaker industry?

Footwear Production Coordinators ensure timely and correct execution on sneaker development and the production of sneaker samples. Their role pushes forward the sample manufacturing process of the sneaker to completion and coordinates samples across multiple teams from Design to Creative teams to set up before going to market.

What is the job outlook for a Footwear Production Coordinator?

By 2022, there is a projected volume growth of 4.0% in the footwear market. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth in the fashion design industry (including Footwear Production Coordinators) is projected to grow one percent during the 2018-2028 decade (www.bls.gov).

How to kick-off your career:

  • Develop organizational skills that help take a project from concept to completion.
  • Learn how to communicate your ideas and instructions effectively.
  • Learn about textiles and sneaker materials to understand limitations and new technlogies.
  • Download our Ultimate Sneaker Career Guide to understand the pathway into this career.
  • Explore our Sneaker Essentials online course to understand the Manufacturing & Production process.
Kyle Riggle, industry expert with experience as a footwear production coordinator

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Kyle Riggle
Sneaker Essentials contributor, Director

Experiences: Shopify, UBIQ, YEEZY, Garrixon, SNIPES, The Shoe Surgeon

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Footwear Product Tester | Product Line Manager | Pattern Master | Machine Operator | Footwear Factory Operative | Quality Control Specialist | Business Development Manager | Buyer | Merchandising Coordinator | Visual Merchandiser | Store Manager | Sneaker Order Fulfillment Associate | Customer Service Representative

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