Posted on: May 30, 2019 | Job#: 281510

Manager - Textile Developer

Full-time | One Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA, US 94105


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About Athleta

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 Manager, Textile Developer is responsible for ensuring the seamless process for all textile development from initial concept to commercialization. This role will manage a team who works cross functionally, not limited to Design and Production, to ensure on time delivery and development according to the defined product creation milestones ensuring our products are sustainable and beautiful, while having the ability to perform for our customer. This role will work closely with the Director of Color + Print Concept Strategy and other leaders, both within Athleta and within Gap Inc, to ensure there is effective operational process flow to enable textile development. This role will oversee and manage sampling and prototyping for printed materials in addition to identifying and addressing key manufacturing issues. This role is critical to enable flawless execution of quality standards.

What you'll do

  • Creates, maintains, and analyzes the process and tools that enable textile development, constantly looking for opportunities to create efficiency and innovation.
  • Collaborates with cross functional partners, teams, and vendors to ensure all deadlines and deliverables are consistently met regarding the product to market engine. Proactively communicates when issues are identified and presents solutions to resolve.
  • Works through and suggests ideal artwork and graphic execution types, according to the type of art, product attributes and specific fabric requirements.
  • Helps to prepare mill sheets and supporting art files, such as repeats and colorways, to be sent to the appropriate vendor base (fabric mills & garment factories).
  • Ensures that the preparation of artwork packages is detailed and print ready.
  • Owns the artwork development, from file send-out, to production approval, in a range of unique execution types, including printed yardage, technical jacquards, and artwork execution on cut & sew garments.
  • Owns correspondence via email and/or video conference for all developments, in partnership with design and production, as well as vendor partners.
  • Strong understanding of artwork development for active apparel, and the technical and functional materials and applications required.
  • Reviews and comments on fabric strike-offs and other physical product samples, for color/print accuracy and material execution, for all relevant product and apparel categories.
  • Takes creative direction and collaborates with the Textile Designers in the creation and execution of print and graphic designs.
  • Monitors and communicates challenges throughout the testing process to meet materials integrity requirements
  • Works with design team to create CADS and visual materials for presentations and line review meeting. Builds and maintains a seasonal digital archive of printed developments.
  • Using established color palette, helps to develop multiple colorways and prepare alternative layouts and scale for selection by merchants and design leaders.
  • Follows market trends, new technology and consumer preferences.
  • Leads, develops, and inspires team to be customer-focused, innovative, solution oriented, fast and team-oriented in their work.

Who you are

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Apparel/Textile design or equivalent experience in the apparel industry.
  • 7+ years professional experience in apparel and material construction, including garment construction, 4+ years of management experience.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop + InDesign, Microsoft applications, and other CAD/Textile Design software
  • Strong knowledge of fabric & apparel printing methods.
  • Excellent self-leadership skills, and ability to work in a team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong detail orientation, project management and prioritization skills
  • Able to use rigorous logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions
  • Willing and able to travel domestically and internationally as needed

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.*
  • See more of the benefits we offer.

*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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