Sr Technical Designer, First Ascent (Outerwear)

Location US-WA-Bellevue
Job ID
Product Development


From designing the first patented down jacket in America, to winning 50 industry awards in the last 5 years, Eddie Bauer has built a legacy of inspiration, innovation, and exploration over the last century. While our business has changed over the past 100 years, our work has remained centered around engaging in the transformative powers of the outdoors. Our ideas and actions are stronger, bolder, and more successful when we act together. We are committed as an organization in finding diverse and unique talent, with varied perspectives, and many different ideas. Every role within Eddie Bauer, from our corporate office to our stores, will have an opportunity to play a part in achieving our mission of inspiring, empowering and enabling everyone to experience the outdoors and live their adventure. 


Purpose:  Strategically interpret and develop the commercialization and engineering of product to meet design vision, merchant requirements and company financial goals. Manage a team of Technical Designers or a Department to drive the Technical Design and product integrity of merchandise across assigned departments. Ensure products achieve the fit, construction and quality requirements to meet customer expectations, brand positioning and are aligned with Design and Merchandising objectives.


Core Accountabilities:

  • Adhere to calendar deadlines for on-time delivery of product.
  • Recommend materials and construction techniques to meet or exceed IMU goals set by Merchandising.
  • Use PLM system to manage technical specs for assigned departments from Design hand-off to Production.
  • Work closely with Design counterpart to ensure design integrity is maintained throughout the technical development process.
  • Own and manage ordering of development samples, including complete sample tracking process, to ensure samples arrive on-time to meet calendar deadlines and key presentation meetings. Evaluate sample execution with Design and communicate sampling performance with Suppliers.
  • Communicate the specification and product details in timely manner with Sourcing partners and Suppliers, so that they can manage the item costing process.
  • Own and manage the fitting of all samples from 1st Proto through final production approval.
  • Lead fit sessions and own process of advising/correcting specification packages to meet the design aesthetic & company financial goals, while maintaining the appropriate fit for the EB customer.
  • Communicate daily with cross functional teams and Suppliers regarding all issues pertinent to accurate execution of samples throughout development process.
  • Track all sample approvals for final bulk approval.
  • Ensure fit intent and fit consistency by driving adherence to fit standards and block patterns.
  • Identify and proactively resolve production, quality, and cost issues with cross-functional partners prior to the start of Production.
  • Manage all communication with Suppliers related to sample development and fit approval.
  • Manage commercialization timeline. Communicate statuses of each product from development through production, ensuring calendar deadlines are met.
  • Travel to factories as needed for seasonal development.
  • Provide Sourcing team with feedback on Vendor performance specific to sample & fit execution to drive continued vendor performance improvements. Communicate issues in a timely manner for timely resolution
  • Support department workload by assisting other Managers and Sr. Technical Designers as needed.
  • Follow current market trends especially in fit and styling to enhance knowledge and therefore affect overall product fit, quality, and salability.
  • Read customer reviews on a regular basis to action any improvements or corrections that need to be made to products.


Leadership Expectations:

  • Operate with the highest level of conduct, integrity, and confidentiality; setting the example for leaders and associates.
  • Develop and nurture strong cross functional partnerships; driving business results and inspiring a culture of transparency, collaboration, and accountability.
  • Serve as an PSEB advocate in the industry and marketplace.
  • Recruit, identify, develop, and retain talent that delivers performance excellence.
  • As a manager, serve as a leader of company culture, norms, and conduct.
  • Ability to balance a strong management presence with a high level of approachability, encouraging and eliciting associate feedback and interaction.

Education/Experience Required:

  • 5-7 years’ work experience in garment manufacturing, Technical Design, and specification development.
  • 1-3 years managing a high performing team.
  • Two-year technical design degree with apparel focus, desired.
  • Advanced computer skills; Excel and Word is highly desired. Experience with PLM systems and 3D design systems are a plus.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that are required by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to talk or hear. The associate is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; as well as reach with hands and arms.
  • The associate must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Ability to work in open environment with fluctuating temperatures and standard lighting.
  • Ability to work on computer and mobile phone for multiple hours; with frequent interruptions.
  • Required to travel in elevator or stairwells to attend meetings and engage with associates on multiple floors throughout building.
  • Hotel, Airplane, and Car Travel required.




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