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Sr. Designer

Location: Midwest

Category: athletic and base layer

Work for a company who cares about their employees, customers and the quality of their product. The right candidate will collaborate with team members to drive design ideas and infuse function and innovation into designs.

 Key responsibilities include:

  • Design

  • Trend and market research

  • Fabric, trim and color development

  • Technical sketching, construction call outs; relaying to TD’s and PM’s

  • Leadership

  • Business Analytics- aid in cost effective designs and ensure competitive assortments, as it relates to design, and pricing

  • Timeline management (managed design work flow to ensure milestone dates are met)

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Apparel Design

  • 7 to 10+ years of professional experience in Apparel Design

  • A comprehensive designer skill set which includes excellent illustration and CAD skills, fashion and color design aesthetic, and ability to design highly creative concepts

  • Strong aesthetic; base layer, activewear

  • Prior knits experience preferred

  • Excellent understanding of garment construction, fit, finishes and industry resources

  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Ability to travel to international and domestic markets

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively cross-functionally and to influence ideas internally. Experience with Product Development Process; understanding how to take a design from concept through commercialization

  • Strong leadership skills, and ability to partner with management cross-functionally

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, and collaborative team environment; flexible and adaptable to change

Candidates will need to have an online portfolio. Additionally, before the start of the interview process they would need to be comfortable completing a project.

To Apply:

Send your resume to sue@mpresource.com. Please include the job code SD-MPR0119 in the subject line and make sure your resume or cover letter include a link to your portfolio.

 

Assistant Technical Designer

Location: Midwest

Category: Missy/Plus Apparel

Our client has a rich history, great tenure and continues to grow! Work in a fun, face paced, and family oriented work environment. Enjoy summer hours and work life balance.

Summary:

They are looking for a team oriented technical designer who has solid technical design, fit (on models) and construction experience.  This person will help improve garment construction standards and effectively work with overseas manufacturers who own the pattern.

Experience working with overseas vendors, the plus size category and extensive fit responsibility (as in a lot of fitting in a short amount of time) on live models required to expedite approved fit.

Job Description:

  • Responsible for the technical design process from initial development to final fit against defined specs. Work closely with production/quality team as needed to troubleshoot production issues.

  • Create and maintain garment construction standards; establish grading

  • Develop and communicate all necessary specs and relay to vendors to secure fit ready samples.

  • Work with vendor patternmakers to correct patterns and improve fit

  • Develop library of specs to be used for future product development for each product category & fabric style.

  • Attend development hand-off meetings and own all technical design responsibilities for assigned products.

  • Identify problem items early in the spec development phase so that corrective action can be taken prior to problems occurring.

  • Works closely with specification assistant to ensure all standards are input into the system.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design or Manufacturing

  • 1-2+ years of apparel technical design, product and pattern development experience in missy/plus apparel

  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Windows applications

  • Strong Adobe Illustrator skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Strong organization skills

  • Able to work independently with limited supervision

NOTE: They will consider hiring an associate technical designer with 3-5 years of experience or a technical designer with 5-7 years of experience.

TO APPLY:

Send your resume with salary requirements to Sue at Midwest Personnel Resource, LLC

      e mail: sue@mpresource.com

     phone: 262.681.3727

Please include Job Code ATD-MPR0318 in the subject line of all emails.

Product Manager

Category: Kids outdoor active (STEM/STEAM a huge plus)

Location: Mid-Atlantic

Join a fast growing organization where you can be a part of a nimble team.  Are you a creative, “out of the box” thinker who has a passion for children’s products; particularly products that focus on active and imaginative play? If you have proven experience in product development/management and are ready for your next career move, we should talk. If you are naturally curious, have great initiative and enjoy working cross functionally this is a perfect environment for you.

Summary: 

As a Product Manager you will identify, develop and source innovative and unique products. You will be responsible for the product from idealization to liquidation including the business management of your category/categories including ownership of gross margin, sales, profitability, vendor management, and sourcing.  Maximize the development of the brand, sales, profits and concepts along with building cross functional relationships with Creative, Product Safety & Quality Control, Inventory Control, and Sourcing.

Job Description: 

  • Source both domestically and internationally products within designated categories that fit brand merchandising strategy.    

  • Apply professional knowledge of merchandising principles in order to meet sales, gross margin, and contribution objectives.  

  • Develop exclusive proprietary products with IP protection potential.

  • Manage product collateral, creative work requests for all exclusive product and support needs of creative services team

  • Responsible for full life cycle of product management from conception and sourcing to supporting customer service and online managing online reviews.

  • Communicate and develop partnerships with all vendors.                                                               

  • Keep abreast of current industry and design trends.

  • Sample, test and evaluate prospective new products to ensure compliance with all applicable standards.    

  • Negotiate and confirm pricing, packaging, delivery, terms and advertising with catalog vendors.    

  • Monitor and evaluate vendor performance and determine key strategic partnerships.              

  • Prepare data and material for product presentation to Vice President and Merchandising Team members.                             

  • Analyze product performance.                                                                                                     

  • Provide supporting materials for catalog and web design, layout, photography, and copy writing.  Proofing same at various stages of production.                                         

  • Participate in weekly merchandise meetings with all departments.                                            

  • Work closely with PSQC to ensure quality and safety testing conformity. 

  • Project sales by item.  Assist Inventory Control with recommendations for initial buys and reorder quantities and reducing overstocks.                                                                                                 

  • Monitor back order report and assist Inventory Control in resolving any related issues.

  • Participate in the development of the annual trade show schedule and work within budget.           

  • Attend trade shows according to product line responsibility.                                                             

  • Support corporate business plan.                                                                                     

  • Responsible for the management and development of support staff. 

  • Ability to manage a high volume of work, multiple priorities and deadlines in a dynamic work environment

  • Collaborate with creative and marketing teams to ensure products within categories of responsibilities are marketed to planned objectives.

  • Evaluate trends within categories/sub-categories and recommend seasonal strategies.

  • Work with purchasing and QA to guarantee on time ship dates and in stock goals.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years related experience in merchandising, purchasing, catalog pagination, web merchandising, product development international sourcing and manufacturing for a multichannel retailer preferably within Toy Industry.

  • Bachelor's Degree (four-year college or university)

  • Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.

  • Strong communication skills (orally and written)

  • Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.

  • Negotiating - Proven record of win-win negotiations.

  • Organized - Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task.

  • Team Player - Ability to work within a team of performers each skilled in her/her own specialty.

  • Computer Skills - Required:  Excel, Word, Publisher, Outlook; Preferred:  Access; Understanding of POS systems

  • Valid/current U.S. Passport; ability and willingness to travel as required.

  • Understanding of market conditions as it relates to merchandising.

  • Previous experience in new product design and development preferred. 

TO APPLY: 
Send your resume with salary requirements to Sue at Midwest Personnel Resource, LLC:
   
     E-mail: sue@mpresource.com
     phone: 262.681-3727

Please include Job Code PMC-MPR0418 in the subject line of all emails.

Sr. Product Developer (second position)

Location: Northwest

Category: Workwear

A small established growing organization is looking for a stellar sr. product developer to help them disrupt the market and create excitement for their customers.  You will play a key role in product strategy to develop a product mix that positions the company for their next phase of growth. As the workwear category expert your voice will be heard!  

Work in a creative, fun and productive work environment. If you work hard but play hard too this culture is for you.  

Summary:
The sr. product developer is an essential member of the product development team who is responsible for researching the market, designing and executing product along with maintaining effective production processes that bring innovative workwear apparel to the company’s global market. 

Job Description:  

Product Development:

  • Accountable for executing all aspects of the product development process from concept through production.

  • Accountable for all aspects of design from researching trends, analyzing competition to sketching. Next steps include design adoption, gaining consensus and further advancing design details as needed.

  • Responsible for concept and line architecture, engineering of prototypes through product ready. Effectively collaborates with various teams: Sales, graphic design, China office, Marketing and production. Drives the PD process and ensures all products meet or exceed expectations.

  • Partner and collaborate with overseas partners to ensure product execution including close collaboration with China office workwear assistant who is responsible for reviewing samples, evaluating production and approving for all carry-over styles.

  • Executing the testing requirements for workwear assortment. This includes establishing the testing, monitoring and capturing results. Making determinations for assortment based on results.

  • Ensure that designs are manufacturable, meet cost and quality objectives.

  • Travel to Asia to work with manufacturers and our China office on current and future development projects.

  • Create and manage tech packs assuring documentation is current and production ready.

  • Establish expertise in fabric development including gathering knowledge around future technologies. Be the product development source for new, innovative fabrics and their capabilities.

  • Responsible for negotiating cost and aligning cost capabilities.

Product Line Management:

  • Initiate and manage consumer, market industry and competition research to identify business opportunities; keep pulse on existing distributors/customers and understand needs and expectations of prospective distributors.

  • Responsible for identifying trends and opportunities based on analysis of product performance and competitors.

  • Manage and monitor new product introductions as well as carry-overs. Balance brand and business ensuring apparel assortment and color/sku offering deliver on product goals.

  • Establish year-round margin and analytics review of categories to ensure profitability.

  • Act as a product evangelist presenting product and POV at pre-lines, sales meetings and meetings with key distributors.

  • Effectively collaborate with distributor partners in both the US and EU markets ensuring open communication and a solid understanding of the unique aspects of the market.

  • Partner with key cross-functional partners (marketing, ecommerce, sourcing, finance, operations) to ensure category execution is on brand and delivers business objectives.

  • Be the category expert with all cross-functional partners to ensure product execution aligns with your seasonal line plan and brand direction.

  • Ensure timely delivery of all projects and processes within timelines.

  • Attends photo shoots, initiating shot lists and coordinating outfit pairings that drive product marketing stories. Partners with Mktg on catalog lay-outs and features.

  • Partner with VP of merchandising to continuously strive for process improvement, making solid recommendations on ways in which the organization can gain additional efficiencies.

Leadership competencies:

  • Inspiring others/leading by example

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate new ideas, concepts and expertise within internal product development team and to external partners.

  • Effectively communicate design presentation, line validity to CEO and leaders of organization.

  • Ability to share your vision for your area and shepherd your strategy through the development process.

  • Decision making

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Conflict resolution management

  • Collaboration and innovation

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5-7+ years of experience in the lifestyle apparel industry

  • Leadership role working with product design and development teams

  • Strategic thinker with proven results

  • Ability to develop, inspire, and empower a team

  • Creative, innovative, with the ability to identify key design elements to increase sales

  • Strong sense of trend, fabric, style, color and print direction

  • Strong interpersonal skills, willing and able to work with people at all levels

  • Technologically savvy, proficient in PLM systems

  • Excellent public speaking skills, able to tell a story

  • Exceptional financial acumen and business planning skills

  • Ability to perform in a fast paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment

  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically, 20-25%

  • Excellent at building relationships internally and externally

  • Strong negotiator

  • Experience effectively conducting business in Asia a must

  • Detail oriented and highly organized, maintain clear priorities

TO APPLY: 

Send your resume with salary requirements to Sue at Midwest Personnel Resource, LLC:
   
     E-mail: sue@mpresource.com
     phone: 262.681-3727

Please include Job Code SPDWW-MPR0417 in the subject line of all emails.