Technical Design Manager

Irvine California
Required Experience: 7 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 6 days ago

Catalyst Creative Group is a fast-growing apparel manufacturing company based in Irvine, CA which owns multiple apparel brands. Our customers include several of the world’s largest apparel retailers. We only hire “A+” Players, which we define by having passion, positive attitude, great judgment, strong initiative and ownership of their responsibilities. If this fits your character, we would love to meet you and discuss the opportunity to grow together.

AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY:

⏵ Oversee Tech Design (TD) department and 2-person team

⏵ Fit and garment construction integrity for all company’s Menswear product categories including swim, casual bottoms, woven and knits, outerwear, and some boys

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

⏵ Evaluate, standardize and refine processes and procedures to optimize productivity and efficiency

⏵ Manage, train and mentor TD team and workflow

⏵ Create and manage best fit blocks for the company’s own brands and private label and ensure fit consistency across product categories

⏵ Develop, implement and manage company’s minimum construction standards for best quality, and consistency across vendors and manufacturing efficiency

⏵ Master and execute private label customers’ fit and construction requirements

⏵ Conduct live and form fittings on own brand and private label product with cross-functional teams

⏵ Compile evaluation reports and correction recommendations to vendors including review of patterns

⏵ Conduct sample review prior to customer submission to ensure specifications are met and offer suggestions and comments on construction, spec, shape, grading, etc.

⏵ Communicate and collaborate with private label client’s Technical counterparts

⏵ Issue specs and grading

⏵ Participate in customer’s training program and obtain certification where applicable

⏵ Identify potential production, quality and costing issues and make recommendations to ensure brand integrity

⏵ Provide technical fit and garment construction expertise and support to the Design and cross-functional teams and suppliers.

⏵ Coach and collaborate with overseas vendors to execute customers’ requirements

⏵ Manage production WIP as it relates to fit

⏵ Conduct a periodic fit audit of competitors to benchmark and ensure company’s best fit
QUALIFICATIONS:

⏵ Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Apparel Management (or equivalent degree) preferred

⏵ Minimum experience
o 7+ years’ experience of garment construction, fit, grading. patternmaking a plus
o 3+ years managing and leading a team

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

⏵ Knowledge of garment construction, manufacturing methods, textiles, interlinings, and patternmaking

⏵ Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, and Outlook

⏵ Proficient in Adobe Illustrator

⏵ Strong communication skills and detail-oriented

⏵ Excellent written and oral communication skills

⏵ Ability to multi-task and excellent time management and work to deadlines

⏵ Creative problem solver, flexible and adaptive to changing priorities

⏵ Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail

⏵ BPFE Fit Tech Certification for Target preferred

⏵ 3D Browzwear experience preferred
Positive and energetic work environment headed by industry veterans. 401K and Medical benefits. Reduced Friday hours during summer months.