Triple Aught Design is a San Francisco based apparel and equipment manufacturer. On their toughest missions and in their everyday adventures, our highly-engaged and dedicated community depends on our gear to help them prevail. With the Pacific to our west and the Sierras to our east, we have spectacular landscapes to inspire our designs and rugged wilderness areas in which to test and use our products.

We are currently seeking an energetic, collaborative, agile, and detail-oriented Senior Technical Designer experienced in developing best-in-class technical apparel and equipment from concept through production.

Utilizing your advanced technical knowledge of fit, materials, patterns, and construction, you will partner with others on our design team to build innovative product lines and grow market share and profitability. You will be responsible for ensuring products are commercialized accurately, adhering to TAD aesthetic, fit, quality and environmental standards resulting in on-time product development and production deliveries.


This is an exciting and impactful opportunity to help grow a vertically integrated manufacturing and retail startup.


Responsibilities:


  • Capture and detail product materials and construction information -- maintain BOM and PLM information to ensure efficient material purchasing and accurately produced finished product.

  • Produce accurate product specifications in PLM (including BOMs, patterns, markers, grading information, size charts, technical drawings, etc.) and ensure they are maintained and distributed.

  • Manage the pattern creation process and ensure that TAD fit and quality standards are achieved in a timely manner.

  • Manage the calendar and process including costing, quality evaluation, and approval requirements.

  • Manage proto, sample, counter-sample, and production approvals to ensure TAD quality standards as well as on-time deliveries.

  • Prepare accurate initial cost estimates for all prototypes and manage the costing process to ensure consistently accurate cost sheets are received from all vendors and approvals are clearly communicated internally and externally.

  • Identify construction technology that supports design vision and product requirements.


Collaborate with other departments to:


  • Direct development process to achieve commercial viability of designs.

  • Coordinate with Production, Finance, Marketing, and Design on sampling requirements.

  • Work in collaboration with design and patternmaking to ensure products meet established fit and measurement standards.

  • Ensure all external product communication accurately reflects product model and specification.


Preferred experience:


  • Extensive knowledge of apparel construction, material construction, and properties, pattern making, costing, bill of materials, embroidery and surface applications (e.g. screen printing, etc).

  • Extensive knowledge of technical fabric / trims, construction, and production requirements.

  • 5+ years experience in technical design -- proven problem-solving skills, interpreting design intent, and product innovation.

  • Strong hands-on sewing capabilities and knowledge.

  • Ability to interpret design intent and offer alternative solutions.

  • Performance history with domestic and offshore vendors and manufacturers.

  • Knowledge of garment fit and the ability to instruct a patternmaker on necessary changes to a pattern to influence the fit.

  • Excellent communication skills: written, verbal, presentation, and negotiation -- ability to write comprehensive product specs and produce extremely detailed technical drawings.

  • Demonstrated history of taking initiative and following through on areas of responsibility.

  • Extreme attention to detail.

  • Solid grasp of the design, development and merchandising process from concept through production.

  • Excellent skills in creating construction specifications in Illustrator.

  • Bachelor's degree in Apparel or Textile Design, Technology, Merchandising, or Engineering.


Benefits:

  • Discretionary PTO

  • Comprehensive benefits

  • 9 Company holidays

  • Team events