Technical Designer I (Apparel)

Columbia Sportswear Company
Portland, OR, USA
Posted 20 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion

Technical Designer I


At Columbia, we’re as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available worldwide, we’re proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest, where natural wonders are our playground.

Every product we make and every task we undertake is inspired by the famous words of our founder Gert Boyle: “It’s perfect. Now make it better.” As pioneers of relentless improvement, we are constantly evolving.

We believe the outdoors is ours to protect and strive to keep our planet healthy. We believe in empowering people to experience the outdoors to the fullest.

And we believe in you.


In this role as a Technical Designer I you will be responsible for creating technical sketches of assigned apparel and accessory products by collaborating closely with cross functional partners. You will work closely with design and product development to ensure design integrity, quality & accuracy are met/maintained and that products are developed within established timelines.

You will also be responsible for entering color data into our Bill of Materials for global Salesman Samples as well as for Production. In addition, this role is responsible for creating seasonal color cadbooks for cross-functional partners including merchandising, catalog/marketing teams, content hub & the photo studio. In this role, you will have the opportunity to interact with cross functional partners involved in apparel, surface and graphics design, product merchandising, materials research, manufacturing & marketing.


  • Responsible for creating, maintaining and providing accurate apparel and accessory technical illustrations and construction details with limited complexity throughout the development season.

  • Responsible for creating original CAD artwork, consisting of color blocking, graphic placement, print, pattern & texture fills, that is production ready for catalog as well as for visual presentations. This includes building seasonal cad books for internal customers including Merchandising, Design & Catalog.

  • Responsible for entering pertinent color information into the Bill of Materials in PDM, including fabric and trim color information. Work performed will have substantial impact to the global sales sample & product assortment. Information entered is critical and must be accurate as well as follow brand standards.


  • Proactive & resourceful in your work style and able to anticipate potential problems and work with manager on possible solutions.

  • Able to work under pressure, meet strict timelines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Extremely detail-oriented and have a strong ability to troubleshoot and solve problems of minimal complexity.


  • Bachelor’s degree, applicable certification or equivalent experience with course work in apparel design, textile, manufacturing, graphics or related experience.

  • One to Three years’ work experience in apparel design/development, or related field OR equivalent work experience in the apparel industry. Experience with outdoor industry and apparel category preferred.

  • Basic knowledge of general design process from concept to pre-production & garment construction methods as well as proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, with a focus on Illustrator.

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Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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