Technical Designer Apparel - Fortune 500

San Fransisco, Ca
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Jessica Grenier

Job Description:


 Have an elevated sense of style and aesthetic with a continual pulse on current and relevant market trends and emerging technologies through: 
Attending all milestone meetings 
o Attending Trend Funnel to thoroughly understand design’s vision and intent for the season 
o Staying connected to your designer’s aesthetic and knowing where their inspiration comes from 
o Researching direct competitors and aspirational brands 
o Participating in quarterly competitor shopping to stay abreast of market trends and attend cross-functional shopping trips as planned 
• Expertise in understanding of physical fit; evaluation of body size, shape and the relationship of clothing on the target body 
• Recommend fabric silhouette compatibility that ensures execution of design intent 
• Collaborate with business partners to gain clear direction and consensus of fit intent 
• Research, analyze and conduct competitive deep-dive fittings providing learnings and recommendations at style/category level on fit, sizing and construction 
• Ensure size and fit consistency within the brand and across product categories 
• Lead fit session on live model or mannequin, support direct report/Technical Designers in facilitation of fit sessions 
• Effectively communicate design’s fit intent to vendors for bulk production while maintaining corporate standards 
• Identify potential production, quality and costing issues and make recommendations to ensure brand integrity 
• Evaluate garment to ensure global compliance of spec and construction 
• Strive for continual improvement that drives product and process enhancements 
• Identify and proactively work with Business Partners when issues arise 
• Track and manage workflow and workload for own product and ensure product areas are maintained with cross-functional team; gather information and update all reports necessary for meeting 
• Meet seasonal and Brand deadlines 
• Participate in departmental and cross-functional meetings as appropriate 
• Foster an open communication and team environment with ability to effectively influence 
• Build and develop technical skills of direct report (if applicable) 
• Stay closely connected and up to date with the workload of direct report, assisting with workload prioritization while sharing best practices to elevate the skills of direct report (if applicable) 
• Hold self and others accountable for work commitments and outcomes 
• May include international travel up to 2 times per year 

Experience Requirements: 
• 7+ years experience in the Apparel Industry including patternmaking and construction experience with full knowledge of total production timeline 
• 2+ years of people management experience 

Knowledge & Skill Requirements 
• Mastery in fit and patterning making - including grading and construction manufacturing methods for multiple product types, categories and divisions 
• Proven track record of driving results through self and others 
• Ability to proactively trouble shoot and problem solve 
• Superior organizational skills with ability to multi task 
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to interface regularly with senior/executive leadership 
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with ability to effectively influence 
• Excellent computer skills – PLM, Illustrator, Photoshop, Gerber, Lectra, Optitex, Microsoft Office Suite 

Minimum educational level: 
• AA or Certification in Apparel Manufacturing, Design, Patternmaking or equivalent

Client Description:

Our Client is an Fortune 500 Apparel Retailer that has grown from a single store to a global business throughout its 46 year run!

Talent placed here are given the autonomy to be hands-on decision makers from day one. The company's leadership assumes a supportive role and applies a collaborative management style, offering the guidance and insight to help transform your suggestions into strategies.

This is an environment where co-workers are constantly challenging each other to learn and grow in their roles every day, which energizes the office, and creates forward motion, both on a personal level, and as a company. They’re experimenting with their digital reach, using tech as a catalyst for industry change - both online and in stores. With such robust focus and investment on innovation, employees have the opportunity to directly contribute to the changing landscape of the retail world!

The company culture here is one of relaxed, inclusive community with an ever-present focus on learning and development - both for the individual team member as well as the projects and initiatives that are driving the company forward. And, with tons of cool volunteering opportunities and initiatives, employees have the chance to become influential community leaders as they work for positive change.