Lead Technical Designer, Global Jordan Apparel
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Soul, performance and style take flight at Jordan Brand. With its deep roots in basketball, the Jordan Brand began as an homage to one player: Michael Jordan. Since then, Jordan has become synonymous with peak performance and an endless pursuit of greatness. Employees in merchandising, product branding, sports marketing and sales bring creativity, innovation and audacious design to footwear and apparel, all with one mission in mind: help athletes fly on and off the court.
As our Technical Design Lead, you will use an expert knowledge of pattern-making, fit, and the product commercialization process from start to finish. This role will focus on product creation for Jordan across mens and/or Women's. At times your role will also extend to concepting, testing, consumer validation and commercialization of Jordan Chassis creation. You will apply an advanced technical knowledge related to product fit & sizing in order to provide leadership on critical and complex apparel development projects. This role will also partner with our Global Technical Design team to represent Jordan in establishing standards & process with regards to size & fit.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
This candidate brings expert pattern making skills, craft innovation and a leadership mentality. The candidate needs to have strong technical expertise in creating Streetwear apparel with a focus or experience in wovens, sweaters and outerwear. This role requires the use of pattern making software (Optitex) and 3D tools & technologies such as CLO. We are looking for someone who brings a strategic problem solver with project management capabilities, a strong independent work organization, and role model behavior that cultivates positive and productive team environments. Someone who is eager to embrace our consumer, Jordan Brand goals, drive quality and craft second to none!
WHAT WILL YOU WORK ON?
This individual will partner across the Jordan creation triad to construct and execute streetwear product and processes across multiple calendars and teams. You will work cross-functionally to actively influence and craft seasonal product, brand concepts, and TD chassis and tools all in the support of the Jordan Apparel teams. You’ll ensure project concepts align with the Jordan Brand vision, determining the best fit and workmanship practices to drive quality to the consumer. While producing seasonal product you will also represent Jordan in the Global TD community to ensure our product and consumer is represented in the Global initiatives.
WHO WILL YOU WORK WITH?
This role reports to our Technical Design Director and will work with a dedicated technical design team. You will partner with Design, Global Apparel Materials (GLAM), Product Management, PCC/Development (overseas), and Operations partners to deliver excellent Streetwear product. Connection with the Design teams will be crucial as we build groundbreaking concepts for upcoming seasonal launches. You will work with PCC and Shanghai TD teams to commercialize product with factory partners and align product globally inclusive of Asian fit. You’ll also provide technical recommendations and support to the Global TD teams and community to represent Jordan on new tools and processes implemented across the team.
WHAT YOU WILL BRING?
- Bachelor's degree in Apparel Design, Pattern Making, Textile Science or relevant combination of education and experience
- Advanced (5+ years) experience in the apparel development process from inception through production, including but not limited to pattern making, grading, construction, costing, manufacturing, embroidery, materials and quality
- Expert in pattern making, translating patterns to written product specs and construction standards instructions.
- Ability to act as a technical resource and mentor others; lead initiatives and project teams
- Demonstrated skill in problem solving and results orientation
- Ability to manage a high workload and multiple projects
- Proficiency with CAD Pattern Design software (Optitex) and 3D software (Clo) highly desired
- Proficiency with MS Office programs and Adobe Illustrator
- Ability to travel 10-15% of the time including International travel
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NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.
NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.