Assistant Technical Designer


This is a unique and exciting time to join Express. Since launching our EXPRESSway Forward strategy in 2020, we have been steadily advancing a transformation from being known as a store in the mall to a brand with a purpose, powered by a styling community. We believe that clothes can serve a higher purpose to make people look the way they want to look and feel the way they want to feel, and our Express brand purpose - We Create Confidence & Inspire Self-Expression - speaks to the role our brand can play in their lives. In 2021, we introduced our innovative Community Commerce program, inviting brand fans and style enthusiasts to take their passion for fashion to the next level by working with us.

Today, we are building, activating and amplifying the Express styling community, and we invite you to join us. Our culture is defined by three values - Express Yourself, Express Together, Express Success - and every associate at every level in every department is an important part of our transformation and our future.

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With full support / supervision from a Technical Design (TD) Manager, the Assistant TD determines & sets all garment engineering standards for product development & final production, arranges & leads cross functional fit sessions, manages risks, sample tracking & influences calendar / workflow for a specified garment category or categories.

An Assistant Technical Designer performs the following essential tasks with full support / supervision from a TD Manager:
  • Collaborates with Designers and Merchants to understand the design concept/vision and influence changes as needed to help ensure the product fit, function, price & delivery goals can be successfully achieved in a bulk production scenario.
  • Establishes & records all technical owned garment specifications within Yunique to direct & enable our world-wide technical partners to develop & produce high quality & appropriately engineered products.
  • Leads fit sessions with Designers and Merchants by adhering to the established EXP fit roles & responsibilities guidelines.
  • Evaluates product to predict and manage risk from design concept through final production approval.
  • Records fit session comments & ensures plan of action including product status are clearly understood & aligned upon by all CF teams.
  • Clearly communicates garment specifications & changes.
  • Tracks & manages all fit samples / packages.
  • Collaborates to arrange & manage all outlook planners for each fit session.
  • Calibrates new vendor technical partners.
  • Determines when a product fit, use & application of trims & all other engineering is commercially approvable & ready for mass production.
  • Ensures content of all final Tech packs including labeling, marketing and packing requirements are compliant with Express category standards & or Merchant approved exceptions.
  • Upholds & improves department specific technical standards, record keeping, processes, procedures & tools.

Required Experience & Qualifications
  • Years of experience: 0 - 3
  • Education: College degree preferred
  • Basic communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal).
  • Shows aptitude to demonstrate leadership (within a live fit session & other cross-functional team meetings).
  • Demonstrates basic understanding of apparel factory operations & patternmaking fundamentals.
  • Displays capacity to be agile & adapt well to change.
  • Understands the importance of & accepts responsibility for partnering with leadership to conduct a risk assessment at all stages of product development.
  • Propensity for taking a solution oriented approach, embracing collaboration & accepting responsibility.
  • Shows skills suggesting a comfort level with & ability to lead and influence others.

Critical Skills & Attributes
  • Basic eye for Design aesthetic details.
  • Basic understanding of:
    • Yunique
    • Adobe Illustrator CS6
    • Accumark 10.3
    • Outlook
    • Excel
    • Word
    • PowerPoint

Benefits & Compensation

Express offers a range of benefits for full-time associates including:
  • Medical, pharmacy, dental and vision coverage
  • 401(k) and Roth 401(k) with Company match
  • Merchandise discount
  • Paid Time Off
  • Parental leave for new moms and dads
  • And more

Part-time associates may be eligible to receive paid sick leave, public health emergency leave and to participate in the 401(k) and Roth 401(k) with Company match. Additionally, part-time associates are eligible to receive an Express merchandise discount, to participate in our Learn & Earn incentive program, and to choose voluntary benefits through YouDecide.

Salary Range: $49,400 - $67,500

Early Entry


As an equal opportunity employer, Express does not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment on the basis of any federal, state, or locally protected class. Express only hires individuals authorized for employment in the United States.

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