Technical Design Manager
Posted on: May 15, 2022
WE ARE SPEEDO
The world's leading swimwear brand, Speedo is passionate about life
in and around the water. The brand's heritage of innovation derives
from its leadership in competitive swimming, where more Olympic
Gold Medals have been won in Speedo than any other brand. Unmatched
in performance, fit and feel, we are also America's #1 goggle
From the first splash, to every stroke, the genuine love and
excitement we have working with the water is what creates exciting
and meaningful relationships.
Speedo is not where we work, but is who we are.
It's watching a baby in the pool for the first time or our athletes
make history. What we do is sacred to us and our connection to the
rest of water lovers around the world. Driven by the challenge, not
the glory. At Speedo, it is never enough to be good at what you do;
you have to love what you do.
Speedo is a part of the Pentland Brands Limited Family.
We are Pentland Brands, a global family business bringing some of
the most loved active and footwear brands to millions of people
around the world.
We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre,
ellesse, SeaVees, Red or Dead and we're the UK licensee for Kickers
and have a joint venture partnership for Lacoste footwear. Our
products are available in over 190 countries and are sold either
directly by Group companies or are represented by licensees and
All our brands have their own unique identities and every one of
them is powered by Pentland. We have more than 1,200 employees
worldwide and we're always on the lookout for talented,
enthusiastic people to help shape our future.
We celebrate differences and give everyone the freedom to innovate
and develop, be it through creative working environments or
learning opportunities. Our brands are there in the moments that
matter - being there for more people, in more of those moments,
drives everything we do.
At Pentland, we're guided by four principles, we use these to make
sure we're not only doing a great job, but we're doing it in the
Success is a team game
With clarity and courage
Better as standard
In good conscience
We believe in building brands for the world to love, generation
after generation. Your potential is our potential and together we
can build and grow brands that last.
The Technical Design Manager, in partnership with Design and
Merchandising, ensures all product is consistent with brand
standards and seasonal design concepts. The Technical Design
Manager fosters a productive team environment leveraging the skill
set of the team and Vendor base. The Technical Design Manager
brings their extensive knowledge of swim and swim material to
ensure quality and fit are superior. Leadership skills are also
key, as this team member will participate in launching a global
brand while managing in region business.
Responsible for managing a team of technical designers through the
development of apparel specifications, leading weekly fittings,
attending cross-functional meetings, and issuing fit comments with
direct daily contact to vendors
Build and maintain processes for Technical Design dept; be the
voice to help guide and influence change for better working
Lead and help provide clear path to global alignment as it pertains
to fit, construction and sizing standards in partnership with our
Maintain and update process as it pertains to PLM system.
Ensure team maintains fit consistency, block library to maintain
fit consistency within product categories
Collaborate and foster an open communication and team environment
with all business partners
Initiate and manage research and documentation of fit, sizing and
construction at the style/category level for competitive deep-dive
Research and market analysis of direct competitors and aspirational
brands. Share out insights to cross functional team members.
Lead robust fittings and swim wear tests at pool; this includes
frequent visits to local pools in area with cross-functional
Track and manage workflow and workload for own product; gather
information and update all reports necessary for meeting.
Mentor and grow the technical design team's technical and
professional skill set thru coaching and continuous feedback
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
10+ years minimum related experience; 5+ years in a leadership
BA in Apparel Manufacturing, Design, Patternmaking or
Comprehensive knowledge of fit, balance, pattern grading, garment
construction/production performance as it pertains to
Ability to proactively troubleshoot and solve highly complex
Proven track record of growing businesses, identifying trends and
Knowledge of global operating models
Strong computer skills - PLM, Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft
Office Suite and Lectra is a plus
3D style creation a plus
Must be hands on
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