We believe that being fit and active makes life richer and bigger than it could possibly be otherwise. And we’re always looking for people who share our passion for leading an active lifestyle, growing personally as well as professionally, and creating game-changing products and experiences.
Collaboration is a real thing here — because we know that individually we’re strong, but together we’re unstoppable. Athleta is a certified B Corporation, which means that we put people and planet right up there with profit, and we’re committed to using business as a force for good.
About the role
The Sr. Technical Designer teaches, mentors, and clearly communicates processes, procedures, and technical skills to Tech Designers. They are responsible for facilitating the transition of apparel styles from design concept and first prototype to a final, production ready prototype. Sr. Technical Designers lead fit sessions with the respective designer and cross-functional team by ensuring the technical, functional and physical fit are appropriately executed to achieve the design aesthetic. They identify potential production, quality and costing challenges and make recommendations. Sr. Technical Designers are responsible for effectively communicating to business partners fit intent, balance and construction.
What you'll do
Have an elevated sense of style and aesthetic with a continual pulse on current and relevant market trends and emerging technology
Expertise in understanding of physical fit; evaluation of body size, shape and the relationship of clothing on the target body
Recommend fabric silhouette compatibility that ensures execution of design intent
Collaborate with business partners to gain clear direction and consensus of fit intent
Research, analyze and conduct competitive deep-dive fittings providing learnings and recommendations at style/category level on fit, sizing and construction
Ensure size and fit consistency within the brand and across product categories
Lead fit session on live model or mannequin
Effectively communicate design’s fit intent to vendors for bulk production while maintaining corporate standards
Identify potential production, quality and costing issues and make recommendations to ensure brand integrity
Evaluate garment to ensure global compliance of spec and construction
Strive for continual improvement that drives product and process enhancements
Identify and proactively engage supervisor and Business Partners when issues arise
Track and manage workflow and workload for own product and ensure product areas are maintained with cross-functional team; gather information and update all reports necessary for meeting
Meet seasonal and Brand deadlines
Participate in departmental and cross-functional meetings as appropriate
Foster an open communication and team environment with all business partners
Build and develop technical skills of direct report, if applicable
Hold self and others accountable for work commitments and outcomes
May include international travel up to 2 times per year
Who you are
Minimum educational level
Knowledge, skills & abilities
Mastery in fit and patterning making - including grading and construction manufacturing methods for multiple product types, categories and divisions
Proven track record of driving results through self and others
Ability to proactively trouble shoot and problem solve
Superior organizational skills with ability to multi task
Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to interface regularly with senior/executive leadership
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with ability to effectively influence
Excellent computer skills – PLM, Illustrator, Photoshop, Gerber, Lectra, Optitex, Microsoft Office Suite
Benefits at Athleta
- Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet.
- One of the most competitive Paid Time Off plans in the industry.*
- Employees can take up to five “on the clock” hours each month to volunteer at a charity of their choice.*
- Extensive 401(k) plan with company matching for contributions up to four percent of an employee’s base pay.*
- Employee stock purchase plan.*
- Medical, dental, vision and life insurance.*
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*For eligible employees
Gap Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status. In 2016, Gap Inc. was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Human Rights Campaign for the thirteeth consecutive year and was the sole winner of the Catalyst award for equality in the workplace in 2016.
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