Technical Designer : San Francisco : Freelance

The Gymboree Corporation is the leading specialty children’s retailer with four brands: Gymboree, Gymboree Outlet, Crazy 8, and Janie & Jack.   At The Gymboree Corporation, we pride ourselves on our ability to evolve with our customer at a rapid pace without sacrificing our commitment to our brands, our quality and our service. We take pride in hiring and retaining great people that are passionate about making a difference, learning fast and dreaming big.

The Technical Designer will be responsible for developing and maintaining a consistent level of quality and fit in our apparel and accessories that exceeds our customers’ expectations.

Responsibilities: 

·        Create spec packages including correct grade rules and non-standard construction details.

·        Make recommendations to resolve potential production and cost issues while maintaining design and fit intent.

·        Collaborate with business partners to understand the direction on design aesthetic and fit intent.

·        Partner with agents/vendors to troubleshoot, educate, and understand factory capabilities.

·        Evaluate garment and pattern to adhere to original fit intent and determine the next steps.

·        Communicate fit, construction and workmanship issues to vendors and will follow through on all issues during fit approval process.

·        Establish block patterns/spec standards within product category to maintain brand integrity and size/fit consistency.

·        Partner with Global Compliance to ensure that the product meets the Gymboree safety standards.

·        Track and manage workflow to ensure deadline is met for each delivery per production calendar.

·        Communicate clearly and professionally on a technical level with team and all business partners. 

Job Requirements:

·        AA or Certification in Patternmaking, Apparel Manufacturing or Design is required

·        A minimum of 4-7 years of related experience

·        Expertise in pattern making, including grading, construction and fit for multiple/complex products

·        Knowledge of garment construction and manufacturing methods/process

·        Strong interpersonal, organizational and verbal/written communication skills are essential

·        Capable of handling multiple tasks and work with a keen sense of urgency

·        Must have the ability to proactively trouble shoot and problem solve

·        Strong computer skills required (i.e. Momentis PDM, Adobe Illustrator, Optitex, MS Outlook/Office)

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