Technical Designer (Temp)

5.11 Tactical
Irvine, CA, USA
Posted 1 day ago
TemporaryRetail Apparel and Fashion,Retail

5.11 has established itself as the fastest growing and most well-known brand of tactical apparel, gear, and functional products in the world. Through a commitment to operator-led product innovation, quality, and compelling value, 5.11 has developed a loyal following among some of the most demanding and discerning end-users of apparel and gear. At our Development Center in Irvine, we leverage our deep relationships with end users to gain unique insights. The results are products that break new ground combining ruggedness, speed, range of motion and ultimate comfort in professional duty, tactical training, adventure, fitness, and industrial professionals.


This position is responsible for supporting the Technical Design team for all apparel product categories, from initial design creation through final production hand-off, in accordance with our corporate standards for quality, fit consistency & functionality. Must be a team player with excellent cross-functional communication skills, the ability to be flexible and manage their workload in a heavy deadline environment. Highly organized, detailed and action orientated, with superb illustrator skills.


  • Create tech packs inclusive of design sketches, detailed technical sketches for all components and construction details for both outside and internal areas, measurements, grade rules, and BOM review
  • Prepare garments for fittings by measuring and inspecting construction to determine compliance of specs and construction
  • Participate in live model fit sessions to evaluate garments, take photos, record comments for corrections
  • Review of digital patterns to ensure corrections and grade rules have been followed, pattern corrections as needed
  • Provide approval/rejection of samples for fit, balance, measurement, grades, construction accuracy and quality
  • Clearly and effectively communicate expectations, needs and timelines to cross-functional partners, factories and agents
  • Track and manage workflow while adhering to development and commercialization trackers, calendars, and processes to ensure on-time development and production
  • Maintain accurate record keeping
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in Apparel Design, Pattern Making, Textile Science or related degree / certificate from an accredited program
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as a Technical Designer with hands on pattern experience
  • Working experience in executing all levels of development process with a solid understanding of the apparel development process in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience in developing and managing multiple product categories simultaneously
  • Strong written and verbal skills with the ability to clearly communicate technical information via Technical Specification packages, emails, phone calls and face to face
  • Expert technical sketching ability using Illustrator with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to accurately correct and execute 2-D pattern correction
  • Strong knowledge of checking and applying grade rules to measurement grade sheet and patterns.
  • Extensive proficiency with computer skills including, but not limited to
  • Microsoft Office Suites - Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Adobe Suites - Illustrator and Photoshop
  • 2D Pattern software (Optitex a plus)
  • PDM/ PLM software
  • Factory or Sample room working experience preferred
  • Must be fluent in English, additional languages a plus


At 5.11 we embrace a high energy culture built upon our values of Service, Unity, Impact and Tenacity.

Service– At 5.11, we wear our passion for service on our sleeves: it is an honor to serve those who serve and people of all walks of life. With humility and great respect for our consumers and our roots, we take pride in our brand and engage with our communities. By championing the needs of our consumer we fulfill the mission of a lifetime.

Unity– We build together—as one, global 5.11 family. Our individual abilities and diverse perspectives strengthen outcomes. We collaborate, taking a holistic view and listening actively. By communicating with intention, care and clarity, we empower each other to reach new heights.

Impact– We have big ambitions and they start and end with our consumer. With them in mind, we innovate for impact—we think big, think creatively and challenge norms. We foster curiosity and iterate, relentlessly pursuing solutions. For ultimate impact, we drive to disrupt for good.

Tenacity– We are tenacious in our pursuits and accountable to each other. This builds trust and the confidence to rise to any challenge. We have the courage to take risks and, no matter the outcome, we flex and adapt, always having each other’s backs. We persist—determined to Always Be Ready.

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