The Product Engineer is responsible for creating garment specifications and standards within PLM for specific product categories within the brand.
They own product from the concept (Initial Style Development) stage through to final production approval stage.The Product Engineer leads fit sessions, manages sample fit approvals, influences calendar & workflow for their specified garment category or categories.
This role requires a strong level of communication, technical, and problem solving skills.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Own tech pack creation from Design Board hand offs to properly execute sampling / production to Design intent - This includes specs, reference patterns and samples as well as and construction sketches.
Develop PLM block templates for Tech Pack Creation.
Ensure a robust design development handoff takes place with all the appropriate components to build a complete tech pack.
Experience in fitting with live models, advise risks with construction, fit and execution within specific categories.
Owns garment measuring and full external and internal garment evaluations of fabric, construction & overall finishing.
Request mockups and revisions after Design review (i.e. : embossing, scales, artwork placement, engineered embellishment placement, patchwork, details, etc.)
Partners with Design and PD to offer options to meet design intent and margin targets for new fits and constructions.
Own updating comments, construction detail sketches and photos for all fittings in PLM.
Effectively communicate with cross functional teams to ensure seasonal calendar milestone deliverables are met.
Partner with global RL and supplier tech members to ensure that construction, finishing and fit is consistent across all programs within a category.
Ensure consistent style aesthetic intent and construction from vendor to vendor on like styles.
Owns escalating issues when and where appropriate with supporting facts, root cause and possible solutions.
Own product Risk Assessment in partnership with QA partners prior to bulk production and ensure correct action plans are taken where necessary.
Travel to regional sourcing offices / factories and work with technical teams to calibrate, train, educate, and understand factory capabilities.
Track workload efficiently to meet individual deadlines and pull reporting from PLM when needed.
Support other team members when needed.
E- mail, phone and video conference communication with sourcing offices and suppliers.
Attend WIP meetings & seasonal line reviews
Attend handoffs for Bulk after open to buy meetings.
Experience, Skills & Knowledge
Degree or Certification in Apparel Manufacturing, Design, Patternmaking or equivalent work experience
6+years in Technical Design
Experience in patternmaking, grading, sewing, construction and fit for multiple categories.
Ability to successfully oversee a basic category while making product quality and seasonal deliverables a priority.
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Proven organizational skills and ability manage competing priorities.
Strong sense of urgency, attention to detail & resourcefulness
Responsible and accountable
Ability to proactively problem solve
Knowledge of 3D programs a plus
Computer Skills : Proficiency in computer pattern programs, computer spec writing programs such as Gerber, PLM, Adobe Illustrator, MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS Word