• Sr. Technical Designer

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Requisition ID 2018-3936
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Production & Sourcing
  • Overview

    A Brand That's What's Now

    Express is the sexy, sophisticated lifestyle fashion brand for every occasion: work, weekends, or nights on the town.  Our brand is what's new and what's now for young fashion-forward men and women.  We have more than 600 retail and outlet stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as franchise stores in Latin America.  We also have a best-in-class online/mobile shopping experience at www.express.com that allows our customers to shop whenever and wherever they like.  


    A Workplace To Match

    We think you'll like it here. 

    We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, generous associate discount, casual work environment, and the opportunity to connect and engage with some of the smartest, most passionate individuals in the fashion business.  We're always looking for talented leaders at all levels to join our team; if this sounds like you, we'd love to chat!


    The Senior Technical Designer independently manages a portion of a department workload and supervises a team of Technical Designers and/or Assistant & Associate Designers to manage the remaining portion.  The Sr. TD is responsible for ensuring their team successfully determines and sets all garment engineering standards for product development and final production, arranges and leads cross functional fit sessions, manages risk, sample tracking and influences calendar / workflow for their specified garment category or categories. 


    Essential Tasks:

    • Collaborates with Designers and Merchants to understand the design concept/vision and influence changes as needed to help ensure the product fit, function, price and delivery goals can be successfully achieved in a bulk production scenario.
    • Establishes and records all technical owned garment specifications within Yunique to direct and enable our world-wide technical partners to develop and produce high quality and appropriately engineered products.
    • Leads fit sessions with Designers and Merchants by adhering to the established EXP fit roles & responsibilities guidelines.
    • Evaluates product to predict and manage risk from design concept through final production approval.
    • Records fit session comments & ensures plan of action including product status are clearly understood & aligned upon by all CF teams.
    • Utilizes Gerber Accumark, Illustrator & Vendor virtual sampling capabilities as needed to expedite & clearly communicate garment specifications & changes.
    • Tracks & manages all fit samples / packages.
    • Collaborates to arrange & manage all outlook planners for each fit session.
    • Calibrates new vendor technical partners
    • Determines when a product fit, use & application of trims & all other engineering is commercially approvable & ready for mass production.
    • Ensures content of all final Tech packs including labeling, marketing and packing requirements are compliant with Express category standards & or Merchant approved exceptions.
    • Upholds & improves department specific technical standards, record keeping, processes, procedures & tools.

    Essential Requirements:

    • Education: College degree or equivalent work experience
    • Experience: Minimum 7 years Technical Design experience within the apparel industry. 10-15 yrs preferred.
    • Exceptional communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal).
    • Consistent & proven leadership abilities
    • Proven ability to leverage their experience from managing a variety of garment categories (knits, wovens, tops & btms) to successfully mentor & train various levels of TDs in regard to product management, ownership, engineering, apparel factory operations, patternmaking & leadership.
    • Functions as a role model for: agility / ability to multi-task & adapt to change, how to drive results, uphold our brand values, manage work, take initiative, manage people & resolve conflict.  
    • Leverages cross category experience to exceptionally & appropriately manage risk at all stages of product development & coach others on how to do the same.
    • Proven ability to independently lead and influence through clear and consistent actions in a cross-functional team environment.
    • Ability to leverage all available resources appropriately & follow through on a task from start to finish within a specified timeline without supervision.
    • Proven ability to conduct a well-organized / thoughtfully prepared presentation to an executive team or team members.      

    Preferred Requirements (skills and abilities):

    • A trained eye for basic Design aesthetic details.
    • An accomplished user of:
      • Yunique
      • Adobe Illustrator CS6
      • Accumark 10.3
      • Outlook
      • Excel
      • Word


    As an equal opportunity employer, Express does not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment on the basis of any federal, state, or locally protected class.  Express only hires individuals authorized for employment in the United States.



    Notification to AgenciesPlease note that Express does not accept unsolicited resumes or calls from third-party recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement and approval from HR to submit resumes for a specific requisition, Express will not consider or approve payment to any third-parties for hires made.


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