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Sr Director of Technical Design

Fashion Nova

This is a Full-time position in Vernon County, LA posted January 9, 2022.

About us  

Fashion Nova is a leading, digital and social commerce platform, and is one of the most visible fashion brands today.

Fashion Nova was founded in 2006 when our first store opened its doors.

Fast forward to 2013, Fashionnova.com and @fashionnova were born –
– our customers became  our models and social media became our runway. 

Fashion Nova was built on the backbone of individuality and inclusiveness.

Today, Fashion Nova is worn and celebrated by the hottest musicians, influencers and fashionistas.

Our go-to-market strategy enables style innovation at warp speed, and at an accessible price point.

With no plans on slowing down, Fashion Nova is set to provide everyone equal accessibility to fashion.

About the role 

The Director of Technical Services will manage a team of 23, overseeing all of Technical Design, QC and TOP. 

Responsibilities

  • Continually research competition in the market for various construction techniques, new technology and fit.
  • Stay current on industry innovations in rapid prototyping and sampling including but not limited to 3D prototyping and rendering
  • Support the onboarding of PLM
  • Allocate and Assembly of tech packs from development stages through production
  • Work closely with design/buying and product development teams and be the liaison with the head of production as well as import and domestic vendors
  • Facilitate sampling process of apparel styles from design concept / first prototype to a final, production-ready sample offering solutions to correct fit and construction details for challenging styles when needed
  • Manage preparation of matrices for handover to production
  • Lead the creation of block pattern library to maintain fit consistency within product categories
  • Act as point of contact for vendors, cascading calendar deadlines and expectations
  • Identify and alert design and production teams of potential production, quality and costing issues and make recommendations to ensure brand integrity is maintained
  • Implement and reassess the quality control process in distribution center
  • Oversee team of technical designers and quality control team to ensure they are supported in their roles
  • Oversee and manage team’s fittings, ensuring on time communication with vendors
  • Oversee team’s daily correspondence with import factories, sending and tracking comments and follow up on prototypes when needed, ensuring calendar deadlines are met
  • Manage and support tech team with fit process, fitting illustrating pattern corrections and style comments using Excel, Illustrator and Photoshop

Required Skills

  • 10+ years previous experience as a Technical Designer with some Pattern Making experience
  • Previous experience with Women’s apparel and Men’s apparel
  • Interpret design intent and create alternative solutions
  • Oversee Draping and flat pattern making skills
  • Proven track record of growing businesses, identifying trends and delivering results
  • Solid understanding of the marketplace and competitive set
  • Exceptional knowledge and eye for fit, garment construction, and finishing
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal, written and presentation
  • Ability to multitask, problem solve and work in fast-paced environment under pressure
  • Knowledge of PLM, Excel, Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft Outlook and Gerber is a plus

Benefits

  • Employee Discount
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • 401k Match
  • Kitchen stocked with snacks and drinks
  • Weekly catered food, fun events, raffles and free FN swag  
  • Summer Fridays at HQ
  • Company Sponsored Parties
  • Team bonding events and programs to strengthen relationships with co-workers

Fashion Nova, Inc.

is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace environment.  

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