Senior Techical Design Leader, Softlines Private Brands

11 - 15 years experience  •  e-Commerce

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 02/21/18
Seattle, WA
11 - 15 years experience
e-Commerce
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 02/21/18

The ideal candidate is a natural leader that understands the marriage of art and science. A self-starter with a passion for delivering high quality products to customers. This candidate will possess leadership skills, project management skills, a high degree of ownership and integrity, a high attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and have great stamina. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to develop a technician's aesthetic eye. This implies a maniacal focus on consistency in technical fit plus attention to aesthetic fit across all products and sizes. Execute design and fit intent into bulk production while maintaining corporate standards as we scale our business. The ideal candidate will have experience operating at all levels: from building teams to running fit sessions with a top tier brand or vertical fashion retailer.

Primary responsibilities include:
· Lead new initiatives for all aspects of technical design across all of Softlines Private Brands.
· Implement and launch new fit strategies by delivering processes and launching new technology for product development and sourcing teams globally.
· Help drive and influence the creative process for the design organization from idea through execution across multiple categories.
· Sets vision for Technical Design organization and provides input into vision for Softlines Private Brands. Connects the team vision to the organizational vision.
· Creates and drives adoption of mechanisms that enable and promote design culture within the larger Amazon design community.
· Drive and evolve a Technical Design strategy; operations, methods, measures of effectiveness
· Help drive and influence the creative process for the design organization from idea through execution across multiple categories.
· Build an end to end process including key time and action checkpoints for Amazon Technical Design Organization
· Creates and drives adoption of mechanisms that enable and promote design culture within the larger Amazon design community.
· Uses industry knowledge and experience to broaden or clarify customer and product problems/opportunities.
· Drive for continual improvement and innovation; sponsor newness
· Drive and evolve a Technical Design strategy; operations, methods, measures of effectiveness
· Help technicians research and resolve fit, pattern and construction issues
· Build audit mechanisms to consistently monitor and check fit, both pre- and post production
· Articulate brand standards to all parties, agents, and final manufacturers
· Collaborate with cross-functional leaders and vendor partners to ensure products meet or exceed all requirements
· Influence the supplier’s manufacturing processes and policies in ways that are mutually beneficial and sustainable for both organizations
· Collaborate with other members of the Amazon Fashion Private Label team including Brand Managers, Merchandisers, Quality and Fit teams, Marketing, and Inventory Planning on both ongoing and new products
· Travel to Sourcing offices and/or factories to work with technical teams to troubleshoot and understand factory capabilities
· Articulate Tech team resource and budget needs to senior managers and facilitates efforts to overcome roadblocks for the team
· Manages other Technical Designers globally and builds strong teams with complementary skills
· Develop and build manuals that help maintain fit protocol and standards for brands
· Thrives in ambiguity and resolves conflicts on behalf of the customer; consistently elevates customer bar in all situations where there's no clear answer



BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

· Bachelors Degreerequired, preferably in Clothing, Textiles or related field
· 10+ years of leadership in Apparel quality and fit, preferably with knowledge of technical design and pattern making
· Proficient in Excel and PLM
· Frequent travel is required
· Garment production- deep understanding of production cycle timeline, garment construction and garment costing
· Have a sense of urgency in managing time and accomplishing tasks
· Demonstrate proactive problem-solving skills

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

· Online experience
· Proven track record for cultivating strong relationships with key client and supplier stakeholders that have resulted in high customer satisfaction
· Strong analytical skills including the ability to distill, synthesize, and draw conclusions on large amounts of data
· The ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects requiring frequent communication, organization/time management and problem-solving skills
· Familiarity with procurement systems, other third- party information systems and ability to learn proprietary systems
· Knowledge of manufacturing, global supply chain, and regulatory requirements
· Experience in building out a private label program in a retail environment
· Exposure and passion in kids/ Baby or Men’s Market.

Job ID: 621171

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