Senior Technical Designer

San Francisco, California, United States
05 Jun 2021
18 Aug 2021
About Banana Republic

Banana Republic was founded with an explorer's spirit and a desire to venture to new places, beyond the boundaries of the everyday. Our clothing is designed for a life with no boundaries.

We travel near and far in search of the finest materials and fabric innovations to infuse style with substance, because we believe that what you wear should open a world of possibilities. And the people that make up Banana Republic share the same qualities as our brand: curious, connected, undaunted by boundaries. Sound like you? Join us for the adventure of what's next.

About the role

The Manager of Technical Design will oversee multiple Women's product categories from design concept and first prototype to a final. You are responsible for leading fit sessions with designers and cross-functional team by ensuring the technical, functional and physical fit are appropriately executed to achieve the BR design aesthetic. Technical Design managers will lead a team of technical designers and mentor through their development.

What you'll do

  • Comprehensive understanding of physical fit; evaluation of body size, shape and the relationship of clothing on the target body.

  • Manage a team of Tech Designers in multiple categories

  • Recommend fabric silhouette compatibility that ensures execution of design intent.

  • Collaborate with business partners to gain clear direction and consensus of fit intent.

  • Support research and documentation of fit, sizing and construction at the style/category level for competitive deep-dive fittings.

  • Lead fit sessions on model or mannequin to ensure size and fit consistency within product categories.

  • Effectively communicate design's fit intent to vendors for bulk production while maintaining corporate standards.

  • Identify potential production, quality and costing issues and make recommendations to ensure brand integrity.

  • Evaluate garment to ensure global compliance of spec and construction.

  • Strive for continual improvement that drives product and process enhancements.

  • Identify and proactively engage supervisor when issues arise.

  • Track and manage workflow and workload for team's product and ensure product areas are maintained with cross-functional team; gather information and update all reports necessary for meeting.

  • Participate in departmental and cross-functional meetings as appropriate.

  • Foster an open communication and team environment with all business partners.

  • May include international travel

Who you are

  • AA or Certification in Apparel Manufacturing, Design, Patternmaking or equivalent.

  • 8-10 years' experience in the Apparel Industry including patternmaking and construction experience with full knowledge of total production timeline.

  • Experience managing a team

  • Expertise in fit, patterning making and construction.

  • Working knowledge of grading and manufacturing methods.

  • Ability to proactively troubleshoot and problem solve.

  • Strong organizational skills with ability to multi task.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with ability to effectively influence.

  • Strong computer skills - PLM, Illustrator, Photoshop, Gerber, Optitex, Microsoft Office Suite

  • 3D style creation a plus

Benefits at Banana Republic

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet for all employees.
  • One of the most competitive Paid Time Off plans in the industry.*
  • Employees can take up to five "on the clock" hours each month to volunteer at a charity of their choice.*
  • Extensive 401(k) plan with company matching for contributions up to four percent of an employee's base pay.*
  • Employee stock purchase plan.*
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance.*
  • See more of the benefits we offer.

*For eligible employees

Gap Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status. We have received numerous awards for our long-held commitment to equality and will continue to foster a diverse and inclusive environment of belonging. This year, we've been named as one of the Best Places to Work by the Humans Rights Campaign for the fourteenth consecutive year and have been included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the second year in a row.