Manager, Fit & Pattern Engineering
Arc’teryx
North Vancouver, BC, Canada
45d ago

Manager, Fit & Pattern Engineering

North Vancouver, BC, CanadaHead Office Product CommercializationFull-timeAs the Manager, Fit & Pattern Engineering, you establish and maintain brand fit, product construction standards and pattern engineering practices across all product categories.

You lead a team of fit and pattern experts, strengthening expertise across the business through technical and leadership training to ensure these standards are upheld globally.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities :

  • You build, coach and guide a high performing Fit & Pattern team in line with Arc’teryx values and company goals
  • You establish a sustainable pipeline of patterning talent
  • You establish and maintain brand fit standards and integrity
  • In collaboration with Design and Global Commercial teams, you determine and implement global fit strategy
  • You consult with Product Line Management and Marketing teams on consumer fit intent and sizing guides
  • You partner with Product teams to establish and maintain category and brand fit, including consistent use of block pattern library by all categories
  • You establish and maintain grading and stature adjustment strategies to meet global and regional fit requirements
  • You strengthen expertise in Product Patternmakers and the Fit & Pattern team through technical leadership and training
  • You work with Advanced R&D, Design, Product and Quality teams to establish and communicate new pattern and construction methods through the lens of manufacturability
  • You partner with the Quality team to ensure new product meets brand construction and fit standards prior to commercialization
  • You manage workload within the Pattern team to ensure development and production deadlines are met
  • You ensure adequately trained and experienced people are in place to meet departmental objectives, including training programs
  • You train external partner factories as required and ensure compliance with brand standards
  • You establish and maintain computer pattern libraries
  • You troubleshoot problems and ensure regular maintenance of computer software and equipment
  • You establish strong relationships with local industry training institutions and develop patternmaking apprenticeship program to harness incoming talent
  • Additional experience, education and / or skills (required) :

  • You have 10+ years’ experience in design, development, and production patternmaking experience
  • You have a knowledge of apparel construction, material construction and properties, patternmaking, grading, costing, and bill of materials
  • You have experience with Gerber PDS & AccuMark
  • You are an experienced leader who is passionate about building, coaching, and guiding a high performing team
  • You have proven skill at problem solving, interpreting design intent and product innovation
  • You have an extreme attention to detail
  • You have the ability to manage multiple priorities
  • You have an extensive knowledge of raw materials and technical construction
  • You have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • You have strong interpersonal skills
  • You set a clear vision, align your team around common objectives, and foster commitment to these objectives
  • You are proactive in identifying the root cause of issues, seeking the best (sometimes not the easiest) solutions with an unwavering commitment to do what is right
  • You remain highly flexible and adaptable when faced with ambiguity
  • You effectively balance autonomy and collaboration
  • You inspire breakthrough thinking and continuous improvement
  • Your passion for your work is paralleled by your passion for getting outside and living it
  • Additional experience, education and / or skills (assets) :

  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in Apparel / Textile Design, Technology, Merchandising, Engineering, or related field
  • You have experience with Adobe Illustrator
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