BERGHAUS DOUBLES THE SIZE OF ITS PRODUCT AND INNOVATION TEAM

Berghaus has announced a major investment in its product and innovation team, in order to support the brand’s long-term growth strategy.  The investment will include a new ‘Sprint Team’ that will bring certain lines to the market quicker than through the standard process.  The team will build on the brand’s renowned Extrem range and expand its outdoor lifestyle offer, reflecting the increasing number of consumers who are realising the benefits of and spending more time participating in outdoor pursuits.  Berghaus, part of the Pentland Brands group of companies, is now recruiting to 11 new roles that will be based at the Pentland Brands North East HQ in Sunderland, plus three positions in its footwear division at the Pentland Brands global HQ in London.

The product and innovation team will be led by a head of category and a head of design.  Applications are now open for the vacant head of category role, while long-time Berghaus team member James Hodgson has been promoted to head of design.  Hodgson has worked for the brand for 15 years and has been responsible for the development of many iconic, award-winning innovations, including the introduction of water-resistant down to the outdoor apparel market and the launch of the world’s lightest waterproof jacket.

The head of category and head of design will work closely together and lead the teams responsible for delivering the product and innovation developments that will help Berghaus build on its growth of recent years.  The Sprint Team will allow Berghaus to work more effectively with retail partners, in a way that better reflects the rapidly changing market.  Meanwhile, the brand will also redouble its focus on creating ground-breaking products for the specialist outdoor sector through its Extrem range, continuing a thread of technical cutting-edge innovation that stretches back to the early 1970s.

Already confirmed in the new structure is Graeme ‘Grim’ Paige, who has been promoted to category manager.  Paige has worked at Berghaus for over a decade, in a variety of sales and product roles, and recently led a first-to-market partnership with W.L. Gore and Associates, introducing a new range of successful Berghaus GORE-TEX® products in the UK.

Kev McFadyen, Berghaus brand director, comments: “Berghaus has a truly phenomenal product heritage and this brand has always been a pioneer in our sector.  We’re determined to be at the forefront of where outdoor product innovation goes next and this investment demonstrates our commitment to the industry.  We have a genuinely world-class base here in the North East and some incredibly talented people, such as James and Grim.  Now we’re offering outstanding opportunities to other talented and motivated individuals – they have a chance to come and join an iconic brand, a growing business and a passionate team.”

The Berghaus product development team is based in state-of-the-art headquarters in North East England, with facilities that include a sample and cutting room, and a fully-equipped laboratory for testing the performance and durability of fabrics and components in controlled conditions.  As well as on-site testing, Berghaus runs an extensive outdoor programme before launching products, involving professional testers, sponsored athletes and its own teams.  Information about the vacant roles, along with details of how to apply, can be found at www.pentlandbrands.com (see ‘Note to editors’ below for the full list – some positions are not listed on the site yet, but will be in the near future).

To find out more about Berghaus, visit berghaus.com.

List of vacant roles in the Berghaus product and innovation team:

  • Head of Category
  • Product Manager – Mainline
  • Product Manager – Sprint Team
  • Assistant Product Manager – Sprint Team
  • Senior Designer – Sprint Team
  • Designer – Apparel – Sprint Team
  • Designer – Footwear
  • Designer – Equipment
  • Design Operations Executive
  • Product Developer (x2)

About Berghaus

Founded in North East England in 1966, Berghaus is the UK’s leading brand of performance clothing, footwear and equipment for outdoor activities such as mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking and adventure racing, and for general outdoor use.  For more than five decades, the brand has been responsible for introducing many new innovations to the market and, from its world-class headquarters in Sunderland, continues to develop kit that is right at the cutting edge.  Berghaus regularly equips some of the world’s greatest adventurers as they explore the planet, from the top of Everest to Antarctica, and tropical forests in Venezuela to the Atacama Desert in Chile.  To find out more about Berghaus visit berghaus.com and facebook.com/berghaus, or follow @TheRealBerghaus on Twitter and @berghausofficial on Instagram.  Berghaus is part of the Pentland Brands group of companies.

About Pentland Brands Limited

Pentland Brands Limited, a Pentland Group plc owned company, is a global family business bringing some of the most loved active and footwear brands to millions of people around the world.  The company owns Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, Ellesse, Boxfresh, SeaVees, KangaROOS and Red or Dead.  Pentland Brand is also the global licensee for Karen Millen footwear and Kickers in the UK and has a joint venture partnership for Lacoste Chaussures.