Posted on: October 14, 2020 | Job#: 327941

Technical Designer, Women's Performance

Full-time | 550 Terry Francois Blvd., San Francisco, CA, US 94158

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About Old Navy

Forget what you know about old-school industry rules. When you work at Old Navy, you’re choosing a different path. From day one, we’ve been on a mission to democratize fashion and make shopping fun again. Our teams make style accessible to everyone, creating high-quality, must-have fashion essentials for the whole family, with love, season after season. 

We opened our first store in 1994 in San Francisco and have been on a roll ever since. We cultivate a community of playful personalities that thrive in a fast-paced environment where our employees can be their most authentic selves. Here, we’re family.

About the role

The Technical Designer facilitates the transition of apparel styles from design concept and first prototype to a final, production ready prototype. They are responsible for leading fit sessions with the respective designer and cross-functional team by ensuring the technical, functional and physical fit are appropriately executed to achieve the design aesthetic. Technical Designers identify potential production, quality and costing challenges and make recommendations. They effectively communicate to business partners and Global International Sourcing fit intent, balance and construction.

What you'll do

  • Attending at all milestone meetings
  • Attending Trend Funnel to thoroughly understand design’s vision and intent for the season.
  • Staying connected to your designer’s aesthetic and knowing where their inspiration comes from.
  • Researching direct competitors and aspirational brands
  • Participating in quarterly comp shopping to stay abreast of market trends and attend cross-functional shopping trips as planned
  • Comprehensive understanding of physical fit; evaluation of body size, shape and the relationship of clothing on the target body.
  • 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.
  • Ensure size and fit consistency within product categories.
  • Lead fit session on live model or mannequin.
  • 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 own product and ensure product areas are maintained with cross-functional team; gather information and update all reports necessary for meeting.
  • Meet seasonal and Brand deadlines.
  • Participate in departmental and cross-functional meetings as appropriate.
  • Foster an open communication and team environment with all business partners.
  • May include international travel up to 2 times per year.

Who you are

  • AA or Certification in Apparel Manufacturing, Design, Patternmaking or equivalent.
  • 5-7 years’ experience in the Apparel Industry including patternmaking and construction experience with full knowledge of total production timeline.
  • Expertise in fit, patterning making and construction.
  • Working knowledge of grading and manufacturing methods.
  • Ability to proactively trouble shoot 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, Lectra, Optitex, Microsoft Office Suite

Benefits at Old Navy

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, 30% off at Outlet and 25% off at Athleta 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.

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