Technical Designer - Men's

Carlsbad, CA, USA
Posted 1 month ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion

prAna – An Active outdoor lifestyle brand

We know from experience that the effects of an active life spent outdoors are profound and can be both the springboard and the foundation to a greater and lasting sense of well-being. We believe to be well; you have to get outside.

We believe in Nature’s power to better Humanity and in humanities responsibility to do better by nature.

Whether it’s going for a hike at sunrise or a taking a walk at sunset, practicing yoga at the beach or building a campfire after a day of surf. Looking out from a rock you’ve just climbed, or just looking up whenever you’re outside. We believe the most important step you take on your journey to well-being is the one that takes you beyond your doorstep.

We’ve used these moments to design our products and packaging, incorporating innovative and sustainable practices to in everything we do, to lessen our impact on the planet.


With a deep understanding of prAna's brand, The Technical Designer is responsible for executing the fit intentions of apparel categories that may include knit/woven fabrications of various categories for prAna’s men’s and women’s divisions. Position will help maintain key deadlines for their categories to achieve a product delivered on-time with the best quality. This role will work in various categories to position for growth and a well-rounded knowledge base, while owning graphic and knit styles.

The position tracks and maintains key deadlines for assigned categories to achieve on-time, highest quality deliverables for the department.


Fit and Product Integrity Support

  • Execution and ownership of the intended fit and ensure fit consistency across all assigned styles.

  • Partner with Product Creation Team to achieve brand relevant, customer focus, high quality products.

  • Conduct fit meetings; take notes; prepare or follow up with research on details and specifications regarding fit requirements and information provided by the factory.

  • Track status of fit samples.

  • Coordinate with Product Development to utilize 3-dimensional fitting tool to digitally fit garment prior to sampling.

  • Contribute to maintaining consistency in fit, quality, construction, and grade rules across all assigned categories.

  • Review and assess sewing, construction, finishing standards and grade rule specifications.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams on product and fit adjustments, corrections, and final grading.

  • Make pattern corrections to achieve better fit.

  • Handle direct communication with vendors and Product Development regarding fit, construction and sewing changes, final grading when style is approved prior to Production.

  • Review and comprehend technical sketches in tech pack hand off meeting with Design.

  • Work on pattern correction or draping to create initial proto sample.

  • Create POM (point of measurement) and initial measurement chart after tech pack hand off.

Schedule/Data Tracking and Support

  • Maintain accurate WIP chart on all style statuses from proto stage through to production approval.

  • Review development calendar and monitor key deadlines (e.g., sales samples and final approval); communicate timelines to team to facilitate ability to meet deadlines.


  • Enthusiasm, energetic attitude, the desire to learn and a love for high quality product is a must!

  • Team-oriented; ability to excel in a team-based structure.

  • Ability to follow-through on areas of responsibility; proven track record of consistently reliable performance.

  • Planning, prioritizing and organization abilities.

  • Personality responsibility and accountability to meet deadlines.

  • High attention to detail.

  • Excellent time management skills.

  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job.

  • Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills.

  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor within a flexible work environment.


  • Degree in Patternmaking, Fashion Design or Product Development recommended.

  • 2-4 years of experience in technical design, patternmaking, product development, design or production.

  • Experience working with overseas factories a plus.

  • Strong technical knowledge of sewing, construction, and stitching machinery as it relates to product.

  • Basic pattern making skills, ability to modify patterns to achieve the fit intention.

  • Experience in grading ability to understand grade rules on Women’s categories (top/dress/bottoms/cover up/jacket).

  • Ability to understand grade rules.

  • Experience fitting on live model.

  • Expertise in Women’s Woven and Knit categories (top/dress/bottoms/cover up/jacket)

  • Knowledge of garment construction, fabric, and trims.

  • Strong technical knowledge of Men’s lifestyle in regards to sewing, garment construction, and stitching.

  • Experience with Men’s category lifestyle in Woven or Knitwear (Top/ Bottom/ Dress/ Skirt/ Sweater).

  • Experience leading fit sessions while evaluating fit. Then making pattern corrections to achieve the intended fit.

  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Word, Power Point).

  • Adobe Illustrator, Full Circle and Browzwear experience a plus.

  • Familiarity with correcting a paper pattern by hand a plus.

  • Must be able to travel internationally at least one or twice per year when needed.

To learn more about our hiring process during COVID-19, click here.

We create versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, every day. How do we know? Because we base our designs on our own experiences. You see we’re more than makers, we’re doers—yogis, climbers, and world travelers—and we use our knowledge to make adventurous, free-spirited clothes that look good and play hard.

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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