Technical Designer-Women's

Tommy Bahama
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted 21 hours ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion

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  • For full time employees, Health, Dental, Vision, 401K with generous matching program, generous paid time off.
  • Potential Annual Bonus Opportunity.
  • 50% discount at restaurants and retail locations.
  • Career advancement opportunities as we are growing!
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Responsible for ensuring that Women’s knit products meet our specifications including; consistent fit, construction, pattern approvals, grading, specs, design details, labels etc. Documenting and communicating all style changes, developing and checking specifications for all styles and tracking all styles from samples to production. Responsible for establishing block patterns and grading according to TB specifications. This position oversees factory patterns, ensuring that all samples meet our production specifications.


  • Executes initial styles from design handoff through production by developing specs and/or patterns to meet required aesthetic following sketches and/or original samples.
  • Works on both Development and Production tech packs and fittings.
  • Specs and checks details on initial samples, pre-sales samples, salesman samples, approval samples pre-production and shipment samples.
  • Reviews garments with designers, identifies problem areas, and resolves fit problems
  • Leads fit sessions.
  • Prepares list of garments to fit & paperwork for fittings. Ensures that all fit garments from the factories are measured and evaluation sheets are prepared and reviewed prior to fittings. Evaluates samples for fit, construction & workmanship.
  • Effectively communicates fit comments overseas vendors within deadlines and with:
  • Fully detailed written instructions to improve fit & quality of each garment
  • Photos of problem fit areas to demonstrate requested corrections
  • Detailed sketches – updated
  • Construction information updated
  • Garment measurements – including changes
  • Develop and modify patterns for development and production
  • Grades spec sheets as requested
  • Create block patterns under direction of Technical Design Manager & consistent with our established specifications
  • Maintain pattern and sample block library and revision log.
  • Compare factory production patterns in Gerber Accumark against blocks for fit consistency.
  • Checks production specifications and production detail pages.
  • Sets up tracking sheets to monitor which samples are approved, the date of approval, and tracks garments through to production.
  • Manages spec history; keeps track of different fits and updates all styles affected by any spec changes
  • Maintains consistent fit, construction, grade rules, and tolerances in tech pack in Flex PLM
  • Identifies potential production, quality, costing, and design issues and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Reviews buy sheets and tracks quantities to determine how much time is devoted to the fitting of each style, and if time allows for changes.
  • Lead competitive fit/construction analysis and apply learning.
  • Review established size sets for styles and products.
  • Tracks and manages fit sample approvals meeting calendar deadlines.
  • Keeps samples in an orderly manner.
  • Flexible for other duties as needed to help support the overall business.
Essentials For Life In Paradise
  • Bachelor's degree preferred and/or 5+ years experience as a technical designer/patternmaker/fit technician for Women’s product.
  • Technical design experience with Women’s knit product focus desired.
  • Generally, 5+ years experience as a technical designer/patternmaker for Womenswear.
  • Gerber patternmaking systems experience a plus.
  • Advanced computer skills, FlexPLM, Illustrator, Excel, and Word is highly desired.
  • Sewing skills and knowledge of the varous sewing machines needed to execute production.
  • Ability to work in a global, multi-cultural environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills for building collaborative working relationships within teams.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills to establish and manage priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to proactively troubleshoot and problem solve.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Knowledge of garment construction, patternmaking and grading of men’s product.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills.
Multiple factors will vary the applicable rate of pay for this role, including an individual’s experience, knowledge, and skillset, as well as work location and available budget. Rate Range: $61,215 - $102,025 annually

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