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  • Sr Technical Developer - Apparel & Soft Goods

    Company
    Xenith, LLC
    Location
    US-MI-Detroit
  • Who We Are

    We are a team of designers and engineers, players and parents, dreamers and doers. We care about athletes’ success in sport and life, and are uncompromising when it comes to our protective gear’s design, fit, feel and performance. Every helmet we make achieves top safety ratings, so every athlete takes the field with the confidence to play at their best.

    Our athlete-centric philosophy doesn’t stop at safety. We design for needs that transcend protection, pushing the boundaries of fit, feel, comfort, durability, performance and style. We stay ahead of the game with a tireless work ethic and nonstop drive to innovate for football’s fast-changing landscape.

    What You'll Do/Need

    The Senior Technical Developer will lead soft goods technical development in all categories of apparel and soft good accessories and lead the development of all assigned styles from prototype through approved production sample. This person will collaborate with Design, Product Management and Product Leadership to ensure all products meet development timelines, along with Xenith consumer expectations.

     

    Responsibilities

    • Work closely with the Vice President of Product Innovation and the Associate Product Manager to establish Xenith as a competitive player in the sport apparel and accessory industry
    • Oversee and contribute to the development of product specification packages for all assigned styles from initial concept to commercialization and production, updating as necessary
    • Identify materials, processes and innovations that uniquely position Xenith in the apparel industry
    • Create and revise tech packs for all assigned styles; ensure all development documentation is maintained, including technical sketches, bill of materials, prototype notes, size spec, grading and construction details
    • Responsible for the evaluation process for all assigned styles. Measure and evaluate factory samples in comparison to product specifications, construction and laundering requirements
    • Partner with the cross-functional teams to ensure the function meets the desired needs for each style
    • Lead fit and craft initiatives for all assigned styles. Collaborate with Product Management to effectively execute product development and fit goal deliverables and consistency for all assigned collections. Create and correct patterns using Optitex
    • Recruit fit models that align with the Xenith form specifications. Communicate with fit agencies as needed and measure models quarterly to ensure they are maintaining Xenith specifications
    • Support development team in organization of files, samples and tracking to ensure all information is up to date and accurate
    • Collaborate with Product Management to understand design concept, consumer, target price, and fit and finish for each style in the product range
    • Maintain seasonal information, trims binders and material library as needed
    • Update/maintain grade rules, construction library, size chart standards and development templates as needed
    • Track development prototypes for all assigned styles to ensure all the appropriate samples are available throughout the development season
    • Develop seasonal product marketing collateral and ensure correct copy and images are used for seasonal collateral, technical information, P.O.S., hang tags, workbooks and catalogs
    • Lead and mentor Tech Developers and Interns
    • Work with Project Management to manage all projects to timeline
    • Additional responsibilities as needed

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in fashion design or apparel-related field and/or equivalent years of experience
    • 5+ years of relevant work experience in the apparel/soft goods industry
    • Proficient in product development, patternmaking, draping and technical design
    • Intermediate sewing and garment construction knowledge
    • Well-developed computer skills: Optitex, Excel, Word, Illustrator, etc.
    • Proficient in navigating PDM systems
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the proven ability to communicate with factory partners and all levels of management
    • Exceptional organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize workload, as well as superior attention to detail
    • Ability to work in an ever-changing environment and a team-based culture
    • Openness to learning
    • Domestic and international travel required up to 20%
    • Passion for sports and desire to be a part of a fast-paced and exciting work environment

    What’ll Make You Special

    • Previous work experience in the athletic apparel industry
    • Experience traveling to international and domestic factories and developing and managing factory relationships
    • Proven experience using Optitex

    What You'll Get

    • Excellent benefits package that includes a 401(k) match, dental and vision insurance, and much more
    • Opportunities to participate in professional development programs, including personal empowerment coaching, leadership training and ongoing personal growth training
    • Other incentives, contests and rewards, including chances to win trips, event tickets, cash prizes and more

    Why We’re Different

    Meet the anti-corporate culture of Xenith, where there’s no daunting hierarchy, “boss” is a four-letter word, and if you work hard, you’re the one who will reap the rewards, both personally and professionally. More than any other place you’ll work, we’re dedicated to honing your skills, helping you grow and making sure you have plenty of fun while you’re at it.

     

    Xenith is an equal opportunity employer.

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