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Director of Technical Design & Material Development

San Francisco, CA 94109

Posted: 09/29/2023 Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Product Development Job Number: AV71098912

Job Description

Director of Technical Design + Materials Development
We are on the search for a Director of Technical Design + Materials Development. This person will be responsible for overseeing the Technical Design team and the Materials Development Associate, as well as working cross-functionally with other Product Team leaders on everything from strategic improvement and goals, to guiding and upholding the product development calendar. 
A successful candidate will be an enthusiastic team leader and collaborator, detail-oriented while able to see the larger picture, and excited to take on a leadership role.

About the Role
Technical design:
  • Leading the larger spectrum of fit consistency across the brand, and helping the team meet deadlines, work through challenges, and deliver excellent products. 
  • Responsible for guiding the Materials team through day-to-day fabric sourcing + development processes, while also targeting and meeting ambitious goals in sustainability and premium style + comfort - we are known for soft things, after all. 
Day to Day:
  • Team management of 3 or more direct reports, including professional development, problem-solving and assistance with prioritization in a fast-paced department.
  • Lead point of contact for the team ensuring alignment in how TD + materials operate and working strategically with other team leaders to ensure efficient and effective working cadences.
  • Oversee our fabric development processes, working toward continuous improvement in environmental sustainability.
  • Oversee our fit and grading processes and meetings, working toward consistency, efficiency and exemplary fit.
  • Partner cross-functionally across Design, Product Development, and Merchandising for achievement of strategic goals.
  • Set the highest product excellence standards. This means fit but equally important is the implementation of Design’s vision and guiding + upholding the product development calendar.
  • Manage relationships with domestic + overseas vendors to ensure brand standards are met.
  • Communicate, collaborate + present clearly with Sr. Leadership.
  • Manage deliverables + things outside of the day to day scope of fit development.
  • For example, communicating QC issues to vendors, working with our PLM contact if issues arise, and creating category fit consistency.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Technical design knowledge + experience in apparel is a requirement.
  • 6-12 years working experience in product development, materials or technical design.
  • At least 1-2 years management experience.
  • Analytical, problem solving and project management abilities.
  • Proven ability to build successful cross functional and mentoring/ management relationships.
  • Desire to work in a very fast-paced environment and an ability to not become frustrated with last minute changes.
  • Passionate team leader 
  • Fantastic communicator 
  • Competitive pay and potential for equity compensation
  • Flexible time off
  • Health, Vision and Dental Insurance available
  • 401(k) with Matching
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Parental Leave
  • Wellness Allowance
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement
Salary $160,000- $190,000

Meet Your Recruiter

Alonya Van Rooyen

From South Africa originally, Alonya has over 15 years of experience in fashion, accessories, footwear, & textiles. She has worked in various design and product development roles globally, including South Africa, Europe, and the US, giving her an international perspective on the industries.

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