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Sr. Technical Designer

Company: Ariat International
Location: Union City
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Job Description:

Sr. Technical DesignerThe Sr. Technical Designer is responsible for the timely commercialization of apparel products, ensuring products meet company standards for cost, performance, fit, function, and aesthetics.--Work on a team comprised of designers, technical designers, production managers and product managers whose responsibilities include managing the successful launch of all new products within the designated categories. Includes building product to meet company gross margin objectives and managing to the departmental and company line calendar.--Teaches, mentors and clearly communicates processes, procedures and technical skills to junior technical designers.Duties and Responsibilities: * Collaborate with business partners to gain clear direction and consensus of fit intent.* Expertise in understanding of fit, construction, measuring and evaluating samples, materials, workmanship, function and production feasibility. * Responsible for clearly and effectively communicating expectations to production managers, factories and agents.* Lead fit sessions on live model or body form.* Drive for continual improvement and innovation; sponsor newness.* Support and drive to evolve a Technical Design strategy; operations, methods and efficiencies.* Help to build an end to end process including key time and action checkpoints* Help to build audit mechanisms to consistently monitor and check fit, both pre- and post production.* Articulate brand standards to all parties, agents, and final manufacturers.* Benchmark our fit and quality standards against other key competitors to ensure best in class fit and construction.* Influence the supplier's manufacturing processes and policies in ways that are mutually beneficial and sustainable for both organizations.* May include travel to Sourcing offices and/or factories to work with technical teams to troubleshoot, educate, and understand factory capabilities.* Track and manage workflow while adhering to development and commercialization calendars and process to ensure on-time development and production.* Manage and/or develop master grading and tolerance table for areas of responsibility.* Manage and develop block patterns for areas of responsibility.* Manage fit approval process, sampling and dual sourcing programs as necessary for areas of responsibility.* Ensure consistent fit, construction and quality standards for areas of responsibility.* Foster open communication and a team environment with all business partners.Qualifications* Proven track record for cultivating strong relationships with key client and supplier stakeholders that have resulted in high customer satisfaction.* Proven experience in developing long-term relationships, and negotiating strategic agreements to ensure constant cost and quality improvements.* Strong analytical skills including the ability to distill, synthesize, and draw conclusions on large amounts of data.* Exceptional written, oral and face-to-face communication skills. * Detail orientation with outstanding follow-through. * Ability to prioritize work, handle multiple tasks and work independently of supervision. * Fast acting and capable of adapting quickly to change. * Proficient use of Adobe Illustrator, MS Office, Word and Excel.* Patternmaking.* Strong understanding of PLM system.* Sketch using Adobe Illustrator.* Requires a high school diploma or equivalent, BA or BS preferred.* Strong 2D pattern knowledge.* 10+ years experience in product development/ technical design.

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