Senior Technical Designer


As the Senior Technical Designer, you will be instrumental in executing and owning the Technical Design process of natural merino apparel.
  • You will make an impact by maintaining the integrity of the Icebreaker brand and developing products consistent with established fit and sizing standards to ensure fit consistency throughout collections.
  • Support our Technical Design Manager and lead the Product Creation team in upholding and executing the fit strategy for the season.
  • Be the brand ambassador for pattern engineering and fit excellence.
  • Partner with the Global cross-functional product teams to meet style commercialization timelines.
  • Uphold brand standards and make recommendations applying technical knowledge related to product fit, pattern, sizing, and performance while averting risk and mitigating increases in cost.
Strategic role/Relationship Building:
  • Builds trusting and collaborative relationships with key teams across the business.
  • Openly seeks out individuals internally and at the factory, level to share relevant information that benefits the customer, business, and VF associates.
  • Debates and provides authentic dialogue with stakeholders to achieve the shared goal.
Leadership:
  • Actively listens to others and exchanges ideas.
  • Applies facts and adapts own communication style and language based on the audience and situation.
  • Be proactive, effective, and timely when communicating with all associates.
  • Provide active coaching to vendors and regional team members to encourage and foster new knowledge while ensuring VFs values are upheld.
  • To provide timely decisions to vendors to avoid potential delay or inaccuracy in sample making or production.
Check out our benefits:
  • Our discounts on icebreaker clothing are ridiculously generous.
  • Wellbeing leaves: an extra five days off annually (prorated).
  • Southern Cross Wellbeing One: a broad surgical and healthcare plan plus free flu shots and access to confidential support, guidance, and counseling 24/7.
  • Learning & Development: comprehensive, on-demand learning available 24/7.
  • Parental leave: we offer the primary carer eight weeks of top-up pay and two weeks of paid leave for partners.
  • Hybrid working provides flexibility whilst retaining connection and collaboration opportunities in our awesome workspace on Ponsonby Rd.

Responsabilities

  • Ownership for category-specific styles from handover, pattern, and PLM size chart development through to approval of graded nests for bulk.
  • Carry out risk assessment evaluation as early as possible, identify potential problems and make practical suggestions to mitigate risk. Influence and own the outcome.
  • Identify gaps in sizing and fit optimization through the creation of new POMs and associated grade rules where these are not yet developed.
  • Review and approve samples (virtual, actual) for fit, workmanship, and construction.
  • Attend and participate in development meetings / virtual fit reviews (live model or body form).
  • Lead fit sessions including, but not limited to, model selection, scheduling, and model management.
  • Pre-fit styles in preparation for fitting, including measuring and validating the body form.
  • Process styles post-fitting making cost-considered pattern alterations, and/or providing vendors with corrections through images and clear descriptive comments.
  • Identify if there is any risk of the factory not achieving the required standards or if there are additional standards/SOPs required for external stakeholders to close any gaps.
  • Partner with the Materials and Quality team with fabric developments and wear testing requirements.
  • Participate in and support new initiatives and cross-functional projects.
  • To be generous with knowledge/expertise to help progress themselves and others.
  • Establish a strong connection across regions and share experiences/learnings regularly.

Requirements

  • Strong digital pattern development skills alongside body sizing standards and grading expertise.
  • Experience in working on both jersey and wovens technical apparel, with merino experience, knitwear, and seamless product an advantage.
  • Thorough understanding of the end-to-end product creation process specific to technical design.
  • Strong working experience and knowledge of product specifications, flat sketching, product fitting, and construction.
  • Hands-on attitude towards problem-solving, ability to recommend solutions and efficiencies on process or product to achieve best outcomes.
  • A passionate high achiever with a drive to deliver the best-in-market product fit-for-purpose.
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills, able to manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
  • Experience in PLM and Adobe Illustrator is an advantage.
  • Adept at using Optitex, Gerber, or similar digital pattern creation software.
  • With a digital mindset with an understanding in 3D pattern making or Digital Product Creation, Vstitcher capability an advantage.