Tech Designer

Mara Hoffman
New York City, New York (US)
29 Sep 2021
29 Oct 2021
Tech Designer
Contract Type
Full Time

About Mara Hoffman:

Mara Hoffman founded her label in 2000 after graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Fifteen years later, the brand committed itself to implementing more sustainable and responsible practices. In an effort to foster mindful consumption habits, the brand maintains an open conversation about its approach and encourages consumers to reevaluate the relationship society has with clothing. The company continues to focus on sustainable materials, processes, and production in order to improve and extend each garment’s life. Supporting and partnering with organizations that further social, racial and economic justice is also intrinsic to the company's framework. President and Creative Director, Mara Hoffman, presents collections with a devotion to color, each inspired by and in celebration of women.

Technical Designer


  • Create development technical packages from development through production in RLM (PLM system)
  • Provide effective fit corrections, sketches, photos and sample comments that clearly communicate the required modifications for vendors
  • Issue graded specs to vendors upon fit and PPS approval
  • Ensure execution of design and fit intent into bulk production while maintaining brand aesthetics and quality standards
  • Evaluates samples to ensure they meet construction, grading/tolerances and recommend solutions to improve product where possible
  • Understand and follow the design and production cycle/timelines to ensure all deadlines are achieved
  • Work closely with in-house pattern maker
  • Maintain daily communication with internal and external teams to ensure production is on schedule
  • Evaluate associates tech packs to ensure comments are thorough, accurate, and complete for overseas factories
  • Perform benchmarking, maintain awareness of market trends, competitively shop and make recommendations
  • Effectively conduct live fit sessions
  • Work closely with domestic sample makers to communicate construction and sample execution.
  • Update brand communications team with any fit changes that would reflect in sales images
  • Organize fit samples by seasons and manage sharing of samples between cross functional partners
  • Maintain WIP reports throughout production; sending initial WIPs, reviewing weekly updates, chasing for submits
  • Manage fit schedule and budget


  • 5+ years prior Technical Design or patternmaking experience
  • PLM experience, preferably RLM
  • Ability to navigate Gerber system
  • Strong understanding of the effects of different fabrics in regard to fit
  • Prior experience working with domestic and overseas factories
  • Computer proficiency in Excel, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
  • Excellent interpersonal skills supporting a team environment
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with a sense of priority for deadlines and attention to detail
  • Must be able to work efficiently under stress
  • Advanced knowledge of pattern making, draping, garment construction, grading and factory production
  • Strong swimwear and ready-to-wear construction, patternmaking and grading knowledge
  • Excellent fitting skills and an eye for detail

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Mara Hoffman, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants for employment on the basis of their individual capabilities and qualifications, consistent with applicable law and without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, military status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. We are committed to having a diverse and broadly trained staff, and welcome and encourage individuals from all communities to apply.

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