Associate Technical Designer - NYC

Overview

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.

For more information about Express, Inc. please visit www.express.com.

Responsibilities

With limited supervision from a Technical Design (TD) leader, the Associate 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.
  • 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.
  • Utilizes Gerber Accumark, Illustrator & Vendor virtual sampling capabilities as needed to expedite & clearly communicate 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
  • Education: College degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience: Minimum 4 years Technical Design experience within the apparel industry.
  • Proven communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal).
  • Recognized leadership abilities (within a live fit session & other cross-functional team meetings).
  • Demonstrates sound understanding of department specific construction, apparel factory operations & patternmaking fundamentals.
  • Displays agility / ability to multi-task & adapt to change.
  • Demonstrates focus on risk assessment at all stages of product development.
  • Solution oriented. Consistently engages their TD leader & cross functional team to solve problems, overcome challenges & accept responsibility.
  • Proven ability to lead and influence through clear and consistent actions in a cross-functional team environment with limited support from a Technical Design leader.
  • Ability to manage & follow through on a task from start to finish within a specified timelines with limited supervision.

Critical Skills & Attributes
  • A trained eye for basic Design aesthetic details and fit concept.
  • Proficient user of:
    • Yunique
    • Adobe Creative Cloud
    • Illustrator
    • Accumark 10.3
    • Outlook
    • Excel
    • Word

Benefits and Compensation

Express offers a range of benefits to help protect full-time associate's health and long-term financial security 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 .

Full-time leaders may be eligible to participate in our quarterly incentive program.

Salary Range: $58,600 - $82,100

Closing

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.

Notification to Agencies: Please note that Express does not accept unsolicited resumes or calls from third-party recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement and approval from HR to submit resumes for a specific requisition, Express will not consider or approve payment to any third-parties for hires made.