Apparel - Santa Cruz Women's Designer/Developer

This position is a key member of the NHS Apparel Development staff, reporting to the Apparel Department Manager, working closely and cooperatively with Creative, Design, Marketing, Sales, Production and other members of the NHS team. This is a full-time, in-house position. Must live near or be willing to relocate to Santa Cruz, CA.

Job Duties include but are not limited to:


  • Responsible for utilizing graphics supplied by Creative staff to create unique on trend designs for Womens apparel

  • Responsible developing Womens Santa Cruz range from concept through production

  • Attending and participate in all Santa Cruz brand related meetings related to apparel

  • Research local and overseas markets for trends and provide guidance to design team

  • Work with Sales and Merchandising to get feedback and input for future ranges of apparel

  • Sourcing and developing trims and fabrics for Womens line

  • Work with Santa Cruz design team to set Womens seasonal color palette

  • Responsible for creating style guides and technical drawings for Womens 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 offs for Womens apparel

  • Responsible for bringing apparel designs through the development stage to production ready products meeting or exceeding design,

    fit, and quality requirements for Womens range

  • Prepare and send out technical packages to vendors for Womens range; 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 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.


  • Responsible for taking sketches and concepts from Designers and adding fit and construction details to design style guides for

    mens Independent, Creature and Santa Cruz CNS ranges (tops, jackets, backpacks, bottoms, CNS knits)

  • Work closely with CNS Product Developer to create technical spec packs for development

  • Determine appropriate fit and grade rules and accurately apply to garments

  • Accurately measure development samples against spec in preparation of fittings

  • Evaluate all prototypes/patterns for size, grading, fit and construction with Designer and/or Merchandiser to ensure that they

    align with product specifications and brand standards

  • Manage fit sessions with Designer and Product Developer to assure proper size, function and aesthetic technical execution of


  • Review, revise and record specifications for changes made during the development process including fit, styling and/or

    construction detail into technical packages for vendors


  • Develop and maintain high standard working relationships with local and offshore suppliers

  • 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, target costing, quality,

    inventory levels, and production execution.

  • Maintaining neat and accurate filing of products both physical and online.


  • 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/Technical Design experience required, 2-3 years

  • Advance knowledge of garment fit and construction

  • Advanced knowledge of the principle of graphic design including conceptualization, layout and file preparation for production ready


  • Familiarity with screen-printing process and color separations

  • 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

  • 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 and production life-cycles

  • 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 experience a plus

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