Job description24 Seven is partnering with a top global sportwear client based in Portland, OR to help them find an Apparel Technical Design Lead for this hybrid role. This is a 6 month contract with potential to extend or convert to a fulltime salaried position. While on contract, you'd be eligible for benefits including medical, dental, vision, sick time and 401k.
Ideal Candidate: will have 5+ years of experience in the apparel development process from inception through production, be an expert in pattern making and be Proficient with CAD Pattern Design software (Optitex) and 3D software (Clo).
Apparel Technical Design experience is a must.
Experience building Technical Specs
Apparel Construct knowledge
As our Technical Design Lead, you will leverage an expert knowledge of pattern-making, fit, and the product commercialization process from start to finish. This role will focus on Block & Chassis creation across multiple apparel lines or sports. At times your role will also extend to testing, consumer or athlete validation and commercialization of Gender and Athlete focused Chassis. You will utilize your advanced technical knowledge related to product fit & sizing in order to provide leadership on critical and complex apparel development projects. You’ll may also partner with our Digital Innovation team to establish standards & process with regards to size & fit.
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
This candidate brings expert pattern making skills and a digital led approach. The candidate also needs to have a strong Product Creation background, and be a strategic thinker with project management capabilities. This role requires the use of pattern making software (Optitex) and 3D tools & technologies such as CLO.
A keen interest in fit and block work as well as the integration of innovative materials and craft will drive new Blocks and Chassis creation to the highest quality. A curiosity for consumer and athlete data, as well as testing and validation processes will drive better decisions for our Blocks and Chassis. Someone who is eager to embrace new processes, tools and technologies and be able to utilize data for analysis and decision making. We’re looking for a strong collaborator, communicator and advocate.
WHAT YOU WILL WORK ON
You’ll partner across the business to create and implement new Blocks and Chassis, most often on pre-season timelines. You will partner cross-functionally to validate new consumer and athlete Blocks and Chassis, and create specifications, libraries and tools in the support of Fit and Construction Standards for Apparel. You’ll ensure project concepts align with Gender & Sport Dimensional initiatives, determining best methods and procedures on new projects. While also creating and validating the physical Blocks and Chassis, you will also create virtual versions using 3D tools (Clo) of all Blocks and Chassis to be used for Digital Product Creation by the adopting product teams.
WHO YOU WILL WORK WITH
You will be reporting to our Technical Design Director and will work with a talented Block and Fit team. You will partner with Design, GLAM, PM, PCC/Development (overseas and local), and Operations partners to deliver validated Blocks and Chassis on advanced timelines for adoption by Gender or Sport business Dimensions. You may also partner with the Global Standards and/or other teams to implement new Fit or Grade standards based on new Consumer or Athlete data. You’ll also provide technical recommendations and support to the Dimensional Technical Design and Product Development community and be at the forefront of adopting, adapting new tools and processes to implement across the business.
WHAT YOU BRING
• Bachelor's degree in Apparel Design, Pattern Making, Textile Science or related field
• Advanced (5+ years) experience in the apparel development process from inception through production, including but not limited to pattern making, grading, construction, costing, manufacturing, embroidery, materials and quality
• Expert in pattern making, translating patterns to written product specs and construction standards instructions.
• Ability to act as a technical resource and mentor others; lead initiatives and project teams
• Demonstrated skill in problem solving and results orientation
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to manage a high workload and multiple projects
• Proficiency with CAD Pattern Design software (Optitex) and 3D software (Clo) highly desired
• Proficiency with MS Office programs and Adobe Illustrator
• Ability to travel 10-15% of the time including International travel