Apparel - Apparel Designer Jrs. Product Developer

Job Duties include but are not limited to:

 

  • Responsible for designing and developing Juniors Santa Cruz range from concept through production
  • Work closely with the Santa Cruz Brand Manager, Art Director and Sr. Illustrator/Graphic Designer to ensure on trend and on brand designs for Juniors apparel
  • Attending and participating with all brand related meetings related to design, development and branded products
  • Research local and overseas markets for trends and provide guidance to design team in Creative Department
  • Work with Sales and Merchandising to get feedback on all collections and input for future ranges
  • Sourcing and developing trims and fabrics
  • Working with Santa Cruz design team to set Juniors seasonal color palette
  • Collaborate with Santa Cruz design team on the development of graphics intended for juniors apparel
  • Responsible for creating style guides and technical drawings for Juniors Santa Cruz range in illustrator ensuring they are easy to understand and accurate for factories.
  • On time hand off of all stages of design and development.
  • Approval of lab dips and print & embroidery strike off’s.
  • Responsible for assisting in development of SMU product lines which may include printables and custom cut n’sew product.
  • Responsible for bringing apparel designs through the development stage to production ready products meeting or exceeding design, fit, and quality requirements.
  • Prepare and send out technical packages to vendors. This also includes updating data systems and internal and external customers/suppliers as product changes in the development cycle.
  • Review samples for accuracy of execution, fit, and function with the specific product line managers, designer, and /or merchandiser. Make tech pack updates, pattern adjustments, etc. to resolve any design/quality issues that arise during development then communicate changes to the factories for proper execution.
  • Initial negotiation of costing with Apparel Department Manager
  • Review QC issues with department manager and factories to evaluate and clarify issues.
  • Track development process and manage all products to adhere to strict time & action calendar deadlines for development target costing, quality, inventory levels, and production execution.
  • Maintaining neat and accurate filing of products both physical and online.
  • Develop and maintain high standard working relationships with local and offshore suppliers.

 

Requirements

  • Able to work 40+ hours a week in our Santa Cruz, CA office (no telecommuting)
  • Digital portfolio that demonstrates your design ability and aesthetic
  • Apparel Design/ Product Development experience required, +/- 2-3 years’ experience is preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of the principle of graphic design including conceptualization, layout and file preparation for production ready artwork
  • Previous experience creating, editing and manipulating graphics in Adobe Illustrator
  • Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of the product development process
  • Experience with style guides and the ability to prepare technical packages for a diverse range of products overseeing all documentation updates and communication
  • Some cost negotiation experience
  • Background in garment fit, construction techniques, grading, knit & woven fabrics, trim development and both off shore and domestic manufacturing
  • Familiarity with screen-printing process and color separations
  • Must possess the ability to communicate with overseas vendors and domestic vendors clearly and concisely Should be able to accurately communicate technical product issues in both written and verbal form
  • Must have timeline/project management experience and be disciplined, organized, and able to multi-task in a group environment
  • Knowledge of trade regulations, testing protocols, product integrity, production life-cycles, fabric and product construction
  • Persistent and not be afraid to negotiate with suppliers.
  • Creative problem solver, proactive and self-directed
  • Team player with great attitude
  • Travel in the U.S and overseas may be required
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and other word processing applications such as MS Office, Outlook experience a plus

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