Backcountry’s Owned Brands division is looking for a Sr. Technical Designer to help support this rapidly growing portion of the overall business. We create new and unique brands and products to offer compelling product to our customers and drive profitability. We are seeking a Sr. Technical Designer with experience in men’s and women’s apparel (emphasis on outdoor) fit and construction, who can roll up their sleeves and help execute on the strategic initiatives of the division. This role will report to the Director of Sourcing, Owned Brands.
ABOUT THE JOB:
Ability to drive and manage multiple projects from conception through design, development and start of production ensuring brand quality standards and design intent are met
Partner closely with sourcing team to ensure product is meeting cost targets
Monitor and manage product development timeline to ensure department goals are met
You will own the fit process. Schedule and lead fit and construction meetings with product team
Manage commercialization process: track samples, schedule fitting, review and measure prototypes/sales samples for workmanship, construction, fit, and production feasibility and communicate with factories.
Collaborate with Design in initial stages of tech pack development; Ensure BOM, specs, measurements, and construction details are accurately maintained and communicated from first proto to production
Mentor and clearly communicate processes, procedures, and technical skills with Junior Tech Designers
Build new product specifications including full graded measurements and detailed technical sketches including full construction ISO callouts
Recommend construction techniques that meet Design expectations and engineer the product to pre-determined gross margin targets, FOB including pre-cost estimates, first costs through to final cost.
Manage the approval of lab dips, handlooms, yarn dyes, sublimation, etc. – provide feedback to mills and factories
Maintain all records, style files, Bill of Materials, and samples associated with the product and related programs
Create, manipulate, and modify technical drawings using Adobe Illustrator
Coordinate and conduct on-model fit reviews to ensure products meet brand fit guidelines
Take clear and detailed notes and photos during fittings; ability to articulate the fit issues to various stakeholders and present solutions
Initiate and maintain daily communication with factories to ensure integrity of design-approved prototypes; including monitoring quality, responding to all technical questions, communicating any required changes
Correct factory patterns and apply grade rules as necessary
Able to conduct after hours skype meetings with factories
Performs these and other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in apparel or related experience
7 years of garment industry experience, outdoor apparel experience a plus
Detail oriented with outstanding follow-through
Demonstrate a solid knowledge of manufacturing processes and product development lifecycle
Self-motivated and has the ability to work in a fast-paced, result-oriented team environment
Maintain current passport
Willing to travel internationally/domestically up to 30%
Advanced proficiency in Adobe Illustrator (sketching), MS Office, Word, Excel, and PLM system
Ability to apply technical knowledge to various apparel categories and sizes
Exceptional written, oral and face-to-face communication skills
Deadline driven and extremely detail oriented
Our mission is to connect people to their passions. Our five online stores—Backcountry, Competitive Cyclist, MotoSport, Bergfreunde, and SteepandCheap—aim to supply our customers with the gear, knowledge, and inspiration necessary to get out there and chase down life’s greatest moments. We do this by providing the biggest and best assortment of premium outdoor products, a superior shopping experience, personalized Gearhead expertise, lightning-fast and accurate fulfillment, and inspirational, informative, and community-centered content.
We take this concept seriously, both personally and professionally, which for employees translates to careers with growth potential and the ability to take ownership and make an impact daily. Perks such as an excellent gear discount, an annual summer Adventure Contest, summer barbecues, and a pet-friendly office make for a fun work environment. Backcountry employees will have the benefit of working with colleagues who are passionate about their careers as well as the outdoors. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and disability & life insurance, paid maternity and paternity leave, 401(k) matching, and Flexible Spending or Health Savings Accounts.