Technical Designer, Women’s Fashion Apparel

Cato Corporation
Charlotte, NC, USA
Posted 11 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion,Design Services,Retail

Technical Designer, Women’s Fashion Apparel

The Cato Corporationis seeking experiencedWomen’s Fashion Apparel Technical Designers.


To provide apparel technical design support for Cato, Cache, It’s Fashion, and Versona Buyers, Product Managers, and Vendors, by developing a product with an optimum fit, consistent sizing, and quality construction.


  • Sample analysis, including measuring samples as required, conducting fit sessions with Buyers, and communicating appropriate fit and pattern corrections to Vendors.
  • Responsible for maintaining specification consistency across all product categories.
  • Making fit comments and corrections based on comparison with core specs and construction standards.
  • Giving technical design support to vendors (troubleshooting) when needed, and producing final specifications.
  • Development of Bid Packages for product development that capture the essence of the style while maintaining measurement and construction standards.
  • Assist in the training and development of Assistant Technical Designers.


  • Develop proficiency with Adobe Illustrator and Flex PLM systems.
  • Conduct competitive analysis research.
  • Work in tandem with Merchandising, Sourcing, and Quality Assurance Departments, offering expertise and assistance as needed.


  • 3-10 years experience as Technical Designer or in related fields
  • Pattern-making/Grading/Measurement/Specifications skills
  • Garment construction (Industrial) and sewing skills a plus
  • Fit Analysis/Problem solving skills
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Computer skills: Word, Excel, Adobe Illustrator a plus

The Cato Corporation, a leading specialty retailer of value-priced women’s fashion apparel with corporate offices located in Charlotte, North Carolina, operates three concepts:Cato, It’s Fashion and Versona Accessories. The Company has over 1,300 stores throughout the United States and a diverse workforce of over 7,500 associates. The Company’s stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “CATO”.

The Cato Corporationoffers competitive salaries and excellent benefits including Medical/Dental/Life Insurance package, 401(K) Retirement Plan, Flexible Spending Plan, Stock Purchase Plan and more!

Please send resume, including salary history to: The Cato Corporation, Attn: Recruitment, PO Box 34216, Charlotte, NC 28234. Fax to (704) 551-7246 or email to

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