Fashion

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Senior Knitted Textile Designer

Senior Textile Designer will create designs for knitted cut & sew textiles utilizing in-house made and purchased assortment of yarns. Designer will combine innovative approach with a practical view of the end-products as usable garments. Designer will oversee the development of swatch developments to assure adherence to merchandising plan, cost /quality requirements and Design Calendar deadlines.  Designs will be based on seasonal color story, merchandising plans and production knitting machine gauge assortment. 


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 
• Ability to be artistic, creative and able to work with cad based design programs (Shima, Stoll experience preferred, company will consider training candidates that have all other qualifications) 
• Ability to design based on seasonal color story, merchandising plan and knitting machine assortment 
• Textile Designer must discuss, understand and interpret the needs, ideas and requirements of brand customer accurately 
• Ability to have an eye for color, texture and pattern and have good attention to detail 
• Understand the properties of different materials (yarns) and the production processes of textiles (knitting machine types, gauges) 
• Have knowledge of the market and be able to predict new trends. 
• Liaise with in-house Merchandising & Creative teams and interpret their ideas and needs accurately 
• Liaise with Yarn R&D /Design purchasing group and technical staff ( programmers, knitters) as well as design colleagues considering how the textile will be used and what price target and properties it needs 
• Ability to provide specific design direction for programmer team , yarn R&D, knitting team to create computer programs and actual knit swatches for Merchandising /Creative Design meetings 
• Assess how the textile will be used and therefore which properties it needs, before producing design ideas and/or sample swatch for presentation to Merchandising/Creative teams 
• Research and test the properties of materials used in specialist and industrial textiles ( printing, washing, felting, circular knitting /flat- bed knitting) 
• Ability to correctly set up & process swatch information following in-house guideline 
• Undertake research for ideas and inspiration 
• Check and approve samples of completed design items 
• Work to specific deadlines, volume requirements, and within a budget 
• Keep up to date with new fashions, trends, and design/production techniques 
• Attend textile trade shows as needed 
• Some national and international travel required (yarn shows, market research) 


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 
• Demonstrates high degree of professionalism in communication, attitude and teamwork with customers, peers and management 
• Demonstrates high level of quality work, attendance and appearance 
• Adheres to all Company Policies & Procedures and Safety Regulations 
• Adheres to local, state and federal laws 
• Additional responsibilities assigned by supervisor related to your position/department 
• Ability to be flexible and willing to work extended hours when necessary 


COMPETENCIES: 
• Adaptability 
• Business Acumen 
• Communication 
• Decision Making 
• Honesty and Integrity 
• Initiative 
• Innovation 
• Organization 
• Professionalism 
• Results Orientated 
• Solution Orientated 
• Teamwork 
• Thoroughness 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: 
• 5 – 10 years of knitted textile or fabric design experience 
• Skilled in design and technology subjects 
• Have an interest in fashion, textiles, and design 
• Enjoy working with a range of different styles and techniques 
• Be able to function in team based environment 
• Understand commercial aspect /requirements of product development 
• Maintain high level of creative output 
• Level of education (High School, College Degree) or equivalent work experience preferred or equivalent work experience 
• Certification, Training or relevant course work 
• Computer proficiency and specific software requirements