Senior Patternmaker or Pattern Manager
Position Summary: Weissman / Dancewear Solutions is a national Recital Costume/Dancewear catalog/web retailer and manufacturer that is experiencing rapid growth. The Associate Patternmaker must have a general understanding of fabrics, garment engineering, and product development. Additionally, they must display strong attention to detail, problem-solving & communication skills while being organized, accurate, and articulate. The Associate Patternmaker must be change agile, work well under pressure and have an understanding of/comfort with flat patternmaking and be proficient in patternmaking software.
Responsibilities: Track daily work flow in adherence to development and production schedules. Maintain internal tracking tasks to allow for easily accessible information.
Support all cross functional partners in Technical Design, Design, Sourcing, Product Development, Merchandising, Purchasing, QA, Distribution and Customer Service.
Create Initial Pattern in the requested base or photo sample size. This includes applying an initial grade to the pattern so that the requested sample fits to standard. Must use creativity, flexibility, adaptability and initiative to assist in doing what is best for the silhouette in order to provide best fit and best fabric yield, while maintaining design intent.
Attend Technical Design handovers, partnering with Technical Design and Design to ensure all pattern and fit details are communicate clearly.
Actively attend and participate in development fit sessions (iterations 1-3). Reviewing current pattern and pattern references with Technical Design and Design as needed and making minor adjustments to illustrate the effects different revisions will have on the pattern.
Upon adoption, apply grade so all ordered sizes can be produced. This includes creating multiple size ranges, grading the opposite model to proposed specs, hand grading remaining components as needed, thoroughly checking all specs in relation to the pattern and relaying needed updates to the Technical Designer to ensure the pattern and technical specs match. This position will actively engage in understanding of grading/training and will work up to doing this independently depending on individual needs.
Actively attend and participate in Adopted style fit sessions (Fit & Pre Production); reviewing/comparing current pattern to previous iterations with Technical Design as needed and making minor adjustments to illustrate the effects different revisions will have on the pattern.
Identify & actively engage Senior Patternmaker(s) and Pattern Manager when issues arise.
Outcomes: Financial: Develop product that consistently meets margin goals; partnering with Technical Design to cost engineer styles as needed to hit seasonal target margin.
Timelines: Tracks personal work flow through the development process ensuring styles hit all development deadlines.
Accuracy: Develop patterns in accordance with Weissman Fit & Block standards ensuring accurate approvals and keeping customer returns to a minimum.
Qualifications: BS/BA Fashion Design & Product Development or relevant field.
3+ years' experience patternmaking experience or Apparel Industry experience.
Understanding of product development and production processes.
Strong communication skills including written, verbal and comprehension.
Flat patternmaking and draping experience.
Working knowledge of Patternmaking software, preferably Lectra (Modaris).
Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Apps.
Elicits feedback; communicates in an honest and professional manner.
Style Count Yearly Development: 100-140 Styles
Responsibility: Yearly Adoptions: 50-70 Styles
Future Patternmaker, Senior Patternmaker, Pattern Manager (additional opportunities
Opportunities: within other departments).
Key Work Internal: Technical Design, Design, Costing, Sample Room, House Production
Relationships: External: Garment Vendors
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