Sr Technical Designer

Newell Brands
Rohnert Park, CA, USA
Posted 5 days ago
Full timeTechnology15-1199.02: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

Newell Brands is a global marketer of consumer and commercial products that touch the lives of people where they live, learn, work and play. We are committed to building consumer and commercial brands that matter while leveraging the benefits of being one company: shared expertise, operating efficiencies, and a culture of innovation.

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The Senior Technical Designer & Pattern Maker is accountable for the commercialization of Newell Brands Technical Apparel (NBTA) products within an assigned category/product line in accordance with established development processes, established quality standards and the company timeline. NBTA is a division of Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL), a globally recognized designer, developer, marketer and retailer of high-performance technical apparel and equipment with a portfolio of brands that includes Marmot and ExOfficio. The Senior Technical Designer & Pattern Maker manages aspects of the development process relating to fit, product engineering and costing as well as leads and mentors the team with pattern making execution & comments.  This position works with cross-functional teams throughout the creative and execution process of the product.


  • Solid understanding of fit intent, its interaction with intended styling, details and functionality to deliver high quality product.
  • Create and maintain fit blocks and standards, ensuring overall fit standards.
  • Create seasonal patterns and mock-ups for new silhouette needs.
  • Provide expertise in fit / construction issues during the fitting process and driving fit consistency to improve the customer experience.
  • Ability to Identify potential production and quality concerns and make recommendations.
  • Partner with raw material team to meet brand standard and design intent throughout the development process.
  • Review grading spec and nested pattern and advise solutions & recommendations.
  • Lead fit sessions and effectively communicate fit intent and balance to vendor base. Evaluates and manages consistency of approved fits across brand categories from season to season.
  • Understand the trend, competitive landscape in product, and technology.
  • Collaborates with Designer and Category Manager in fit sessions where necessary, primarily to ensure design lines and end use aspects are considered in overall product category fit scheme.
  • Creates and maintains product specification packages. Communicates with vendors on styling intent, development issues or fit updates & corrections during the development process.
  • Develops and implements standards of approved methodology for specificity of fits and or product end use. (Gore, Insect Shield, Underwear fitting, Insulated Technology)
  • Maintain development-tracking report, evaluates / analyze priority to match order placements, provides recommendations and follows through on a timely manner. Works with other departments such as Sourcing, Asia QA, etc. (in house and off shore) to provide direction on assigned category/product line.
  • Contribute garment costing process as it applies to construction/material consumption, trims to achieve targeted goals. Partners with all functional areas- CM, Design, Sourcing- to obtain and review pre-cost, first cost, final cost estimates and ensure that products meet pricing targets and gross margin goals.   
  • Demonstrates high degree of communication skill and problem resolution based on external and internal customer capabilities.
  • Organizes and maintains each round of samples for assigned product categories from 1st counter sample through sales samples (SMS), size runs, pre-production samples (PP) and top of production sample (TOP).
  • Produces a high volume of work output at the highest quality level in the department.

  • Mentor / Manage direct report, and lead change



Key Qualifications:

  • University or four-year college degree in fashion design or equivalent industry experience
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in apparel technical design and various phases of development.
  • Experience and deep expertise in drafting and correcting patterns and high-level capability to communicate how pattern changes will affect fit
  • Knowledge and experience evaluating costing as it relates to markers, construction techniques & components
  • Proficiency with 2D Gerber and 3D knowledge is plus.
  • Proficiency in Flex PLM.
  • Practical knowledge of related functions including apparel design, product development, customer service, wholesale sales, merchandising, inventory planning and distribution
  • A passion for the Outdoor Industry and Travel / Adventure a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to communicate in multicultural environments where English is limited
  • Able to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, colleagues and vendors
  • Strong analytical skills and data-driven thinking; must apply algebra and geometry concepts
  • Calculation of proportions and percentages of a product are critical; must be able to calculate measurements such as length of trims for various sizes and compare previous season to current season fabric usages for margin decreases or maintenance
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft programs; intermediate Microsoft Excel skills required
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator required
  • Highly driven, self-motivated and capable of working without significant supervision
  • Proven ability to work in a fast paced and evolving environment
  • Flexible nature with the ability to react quickly and sometimes creatively to business needs
  • Team player that can contribute to high functioning and positive work environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects
  • Able to travel internationally and domestically up to 10% of the year

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Rubbermaid, FoodSaver, Calphalon, Sistema, Sharpie, Paper Mate, Dymo, EXPO, Elmer's, Yankee Candle, Graco, NUK, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Spontex, Coleman, Campingaz, Oster, Sunbeam and Mr. Coffee. Newell Brands' beloved, planet friendly brands enhance and brighten consumers lives at home and outside by creating moments of joy, building confidence and providing peace of mind. Newell Brands and its subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and comply with applicable employment laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply.

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