• Technical Design Manager

    Country – State – City US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 3 months ago(11/2/2018 1:20 PM)
    Job ID
    Product Development - Apparel
  • Overview

    Crisp color, graphic prints and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of kate spade new york. From handbags to clothing and décor, our exuberant approach to the everyday encourages personal style with a dash of incandescent charm. We call it living colorfully.


    As a member of the Tapestry family, we are part of a global house of brands that has unwavering optimism and is committed to being innovative and wholly inclusive. 



    General purpose of the position:

    The Technical Design Manager is responsible for leading and supporting the Technical Designer in all aspects of product life cycle. Assisting the design team in all aspects of the design process and providing support as needed. He or she will be responsible for working with the cross functional team to meet deadlines of the product from the development through production stages.



    • Facilitate the transition of styles from design concept / first prototype to a final, production-ready sample.
    • Execute design and fit intent into bulk production while maintaining high quality standards.
    • Collaborate with business partners to gain clear direction and consensus of fit intent; ensure size and fit consistency within the brand and across product categories.
    • Complete design specification package, including: flat sketch with measurements, construction details, measurement specifications with appropriate tolerances and any predefined performance standards.
    • Manage and facilitate the communication of all information necessary to create garment, including: boms, graphics and placements.
    • Develop technical specifications and communicate fit to vendors / factories for corrections and approvals.
    • Support business partners on creation of a style by establishing the initial block spec and construction detail.
    • Ensure products are developed in a manner consistent with established fit and quality standards, manufacturer capabilities and cost specifications.
    • Identify potential production, quality and costing issues and make recommendations to ensure brand integrity.
    • Analyze garments to determine compliance of spec, construction, and fit intent.
    • Manage and facilitate fit session on live model and / or mannequin and take ownership of specific product(s).
    • Make appropriate fit and construction adjustments with factories as required to ensure integrity of design-approved prototypes while monitoring quality and targeted price.
    • Manage the sample development process and ensure seasonal deadlines are met; support the t&a calendar objectives.
    • Collaborate and develop close working relationships with design, r&d, merchandising, production, qa, sourcing offices and vendors to ensure the quality, delivery and business practices are achieved and upheld.
    • Foster open communication and a team environment with all business partners; receive constructive feedback professionally.
    • Track and manage workflow and workload for own product and ensure product areas are maintained.
    • Perform other duties as required.



    • Bachelor's degree in fashion - apparel/textile design, manufacturing, product development, merchandising, or a related field.
    • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Micrografix, Illustrator, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
    • 7+ years work experience in the fashion industry including technical design and / or patternmaking with construction experience and full knowledge of total production timeline. Other knowledge should include an understanding of grading, costing of garments, textiles, garment testing, draping and fitting.
    • Thorough understanding of the design & development process from inception through production.
    • Knowledge of garment construction standards and manufacturing methods and textiles and interlinings and how they interact with the cutting and sewing of a garment.
    • Ability to properly measure garments according to manual standards.
    • Strong design, prototyping, and research skills.
    • Attention to detail, initiative, organization and strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • Ability to multi-task, proactively trouble shoot and problem solve.
    • Strong patternmaking and draping knowledge is required.
    • Overseas travel experience and knowledge.
    • Travel to overseas may require.
    • Organized, accurate and articulate.
    • Prior experience managing a team of direct reports

    kate spade new york is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant’s or employee’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. Visit kate spade new york at www.katespade.com.






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