Soft Surroundings
  • 13-Nov-2018 to 12-Jan-2019 (CST)
  • Technical Design
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

We provide full benefits, including 401(K) with company match, competitive pay, generous employee discount, profit sharing potential and an opportunity to work with a successful and growing company.


Soft Surroundings is different from the experience customers typically have with other catalogs and retail stores. Rather than simply selling merchandise, Soft Surroundings celebrates a lifestyle of self-preservation and well-being.  We encourage women to take the time to relax and restore their spirits so that they are better able to handle their daily challenges.  Soft Surroundings helps them achieve this goal by offering soft, comfortable clothing, sleep-inducing bedding and the latest developments in skin care.

As an organization, we pride ourselves on delighting our customers with excellent value, terrific merchandise, and exceptional customer service. We do that by hiring the best, most qualified people to fill the jobs we have available. When we have that, we have it all!

Soft Surroundings is seeking a Technical Designer Apparel in our Technical Design department at our corporate office in St Louis, MO. The Technical Designer Apparel is responsible for executing the technical design process from development to production for Missy, Petite, Tall and Women's. We provide full benefits, including 401(K) with company match, competitive pay, generous employee discount, profit sharing potential and an opportunity to work with a successful and growing company.

Responsibilities:

  • Analyzing and evaluating garments to develop the correct fit specifications and achieving desired design in conjunction with Sourcing, Product Development and Merchandising.
  • Leads fit sessions with cross-functional partners
  • Collaborates with Senior Technical Designer, Product Development and Merchandising in all aspects of daily fittings and product evaluations.
  • Manages all technical issues related to applicable product assortment, programs or fabrications.
  • Updates tech packs, including detailed technical sketches, graded measurement specifications, construction details, bill of materials and packaging instructions.
  • Evaluates samples for vendor's execution of fit and construction along with providing solutions via pattern corrections and/or garment re-engineering.
  • Analyze and modify repeat styles where necessary to improve return rates.
  • Recommend special hangtag or special communication to merchandising for specific product type.
  • Responsible for the accuracy of technical details and model photography in catalog and internet copy.
  • Mentors team associates.
  • Travel to DC, stores and factories as required.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design or Certification in Apparel Manufacturing, Design, Patternmaking or equivalent.
  • 4+ years experience in the apparel industry in technical design and/or patternmaking. May consider less experience for the Associate Technical Designer role.
  • Extensive knowledge in fitting garments including grading, construction and patternmaking
  • Knowledge of grading and grade rules, textiles, wet processing and garment dying.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, PLM and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Preferred experience with computer pattern programs
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