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Materials Designer

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We are looking for a materials designer with demonstrated knowledge of Macintosh computers using PhotoShop, Free Hand and/or Illustrator. Knowledge of CAD programs, preferably in Mac environment. Understanding of materials trends, fabric characteristics, materials compatibility, and materials placement. Effective verbal, written, and visual communication skills in local market language, including presentations. Proficient information-seeking skills and drive for results. Ability to share ideas and develop effective responses or elevate to higher management. Ability to work cooperatively with staff.

The nature of the work is focused on the appearance of product, communications, or collateral materials. Materials Design Execution – Executes materials designs. Finalizes product details and proactively follows through on execution of materials on each product. Actively seeks expert input from materials design and category organizations to develop appropriate solutions. Reviews all samples to achieve marketable solution; reviews with design, marketing, and development. Clearly communicates all changes for final confirmation. Responsible for materials in the final product result. Maintains materials calendar/timelines/deadlines for category. Develops line art, color design server, GPIN, PDM, merchandising line, cutting samples and working with material consultant to coordinate materials for products. Product Planning – Plans product details. Collaborates with design, product marketing and development/material consultant to focus materials solutions for market success. Gathers category specific information:Consumer/channels/market. Develops appropriate solutions with regard product marketing and development/material consultant to focus materials solutions for market success. Gathers category specific information: Consumer/channels/market. Develops appropriate solutions with regard to quality, cost/value, manufacturability, sustainability, merchandising and aesthetic finish. Materials Solutions – Creates and executes innovative, retailable materials solutions for category or gender-specific line.

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