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Senior Technical Designer

TITLE: Senior
Technical Designer
LOCATION : Rohnert
Park, CA
REPORTS TO: Technical
Design Manager
POSITION OVERVIEW:
The
Senior Technical Designer is accountable for the commercialization of Newell
Brands Technical Apparel (NBTA) products within an assigned category/product
line in accordance with established development processes, established quality
standards and the company timeline. NBTA is a division of Newell Brands (NYSE:
NWL), a globally-recognized designer, developer, marketer and retailer of
high-performance technical apparel and equipment with a portfolio of brands
that includes Marmot? and ExOfficio?. The Senior Technical Designer manages
aspects of the development process such as the specification package and
development of samples. The Senior Technical Designer works with cross functional teams
throughout the creative process of the product.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
+ Creates and maintains product specification packages using Technical Apparel (Marmot/ExOfficio) approved methodology.
+ Interfaces with Design Department to verify details of designs. Works with other departments such as Warranty, Customer Service, Asia QA, etc. (in house and off shore) to answer questions about the assigned category/product line.
+ Reviews and confirms grade rules consistency for, but not limited to, assigned category and product line. Evaluates and adjusts on a regular basis.
+ Develops and implements standards of approved methodology for specificity of fits and or product end use. (Gore, Insect Shield, Underwear fitting, Insulated Technology).
+ Maintains development documents including specification packages, development tracking report and other documents as required.
+ Uses Adobe Illustrator to develop and revise design documentation. Excel is the software base used for spec packages development and maintenance.
+ Evaluates tracking reports and analyzes priority to match order placement, provides recommendations and follows through on a timely manner.
+ Creates corrective action plans to address deviations from calendar?s TD tasks.
+ Approves and communicates specifications - communicates with contractors, technical design and materials staff to develop samples through commercial viability and complete production approval. Communicates with contractors to clarify specifications and/or detail changes during the development process. Serves as secondary contact once lines are in production, working with Sourcing, Design & Production colleagues.
+ Demonstrates high degree of communication skill and problem resolution based on external and internal customer capabilities.
+ Organizes and maintains each round of samples for assigned product categories from 1st counter sample through sales samples (SMS), size runs, pre-production samples (PP) and top of production sample (TOP).
+ Mentors other TD team members in fit and pattern consistency.
+ Produces a high volume of work output at the highest quality level in the department.
+ Actively manages professional development.
Product Fit Approvals
+ Drives apparel fit sessions to maintain consistency and quality of fit across the brand categories from season to season.
+ Partners with Designer and Category Manager in fit sessions where necessary, primarily to ensure design lines and end use aspects are considered in overall product category fit scheme.
+ Manages and completes projects end to end: design standards, records and library of sketches, samples availability and accuracy.
+ Ensures fabrications and designs are good matches, sustains development timeframes based upon industry best practices and adheres vehemently to timelines and deliverables.
+ Presents expertise level of patterning fit and patterning software knowledge as well as block development for product line.
+ Maintains pattern library: collects, keeps records up to date, shares with factories for ease of development.
+ Uses Gerber and Optitex software to trouble shoot pattern and fit concerns.
+ Effectively and seamlessly works with a wide variety of materials, from active next to body fabrics to layering systems.
Supervise Others: No
Expected Travel: Up
to 10% of the time, some travel may be international
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
+ University or four-year college degree in fashion design or related field.
+ A minimum of 7 years of experience in apparel technical design and various phases of development.
+ Practical knowledge of related functions including apparel design, product development, customer service, wholesale sales, merchandising, inventory planning and distribution.
+ Strong verbal and written communication skills
+ Ability to communicate in multicultural environments where English is limited.
+ Able to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, colleagues and vendors.
+ Strong analytical skills and data-driven thinking; must apply algebra and geometry concepts.
+ Calculation of proportions and percentages of a product are critical; must be able to calculate measurements such as length of trims for various sizes and compare previous season to current season fabric usages for margin decreases or maintenance.
+ Proficiency in all Microsoft programs; intermediate Microsoft Excel skills.
+ Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator.
+ Highly driven, self-motivated and capable of working without significant supervision.
+ Proven ability to work in a fast paced and evolving environment.
+ Ability to manage and lead change.
+ Flexible nature with the ability to react quickly and sometimes creatively to business needs.
+ Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects.
+ A sense of humor and passion for what you do.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
+ Practical knowledge of product application and functionality.
+ A passion for the Outdoor Industry and Travel / Adventure.
+ Knowledge of data base software.
About
Newell Brands Technical Apparel:
Newell
Brands Technical Apparel (NBTA), a division of Newell Brands, a
globally-recognized designer, developer, marketer and retailer of
high-performance technical apparel and equipment with a portfolio of brands
that includes Marmot? and ExOfficio?
Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL ) is a leading global consumer goods
company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate,
Sharpie, Dymo, EXPO, Parker, Elmers, Coleman, Jostens, Marmot, Rawlings, Oster,
Sunbeam, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Graco, Baby
Jogger, NUK, Calphalon, Rubbermaid, Contigo, First Alert and Yankee Candle. For
hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day,
where they live, learn, work and play .
Newell Brands and its subsidiaries are
Equal Opportunity Employers and comply with applicable employment laws.
EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply.


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