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Technical Designer, Quality

VF

VF

IT, Design, Quality Assurance
Guatemala · Remote
Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2024

ABOUT YOUR ROLE: Partner with the brand developer on product development commercialization within expected timelines. Ensure that the brand standards are upheld at all stages of the sampling process and partner with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that any product developed is not only fit for purpose but avert of risk and compatible for bulk production in the allocated manufacturing site. To ensure a comprehensive and smooth handover from product development to production. With the support of data analytics, manage vendor performance and drive continuous improvement within the supply base. Continue to evolve self and skills to be able to adapt to the changing needs of the business. To work collaboratively to deliver the Quality Strategy.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Provide technical expertise and support to internal and external stake holders at all stages of the product development process
  • Provide technical training to internal and external stake holders
  • Support factory and QA/QE teams to understand VF SOP and product standards
  • Carry out risk assessment evaluation as early in the process as permits, identify potential problems and make practical suggestions to mitigate risk. Influence and own the outcome.
  • Review and where process determines, approve samples (virtual, actual) for fit, workmanship and construction.
  • Communicate clear and concise comments to optimize the outcome at the next stage of the process.
  • Make recommendations (cost considered) and review / update patterns where required.
  • Where sample submission is poor, video call or visit the vendor to review the sample together, discuss the challenges and agree next steps.
  • Issue comments / updates to the system promptly after sample review and complete the sample log book.
  • Participate in the vendor review meetings to discuss sample submission performance and manage continuous improvement plan.
  • Attend and participate in development meetings / virtual fit reviews (live model or mannequin)
  • Work with the brand TD, sourcing and vendor to set up and support the technical preparations for these meetings to ensure maximum outcome and efficiency for everyone.
  • Know the capabilities of the sample rooms and production sites you work with
  • Identify if there is any risk of the factory not achieving required standards, or if there are additional standards/SOP needed. Partner with QA / QE to execute.
  • Understand results of product related testing and support with technical input, to eliminate risk in advance of bulk production.
  • Set up and manage the handover Meeting of all styles to regional production QA teams.
  • Attend PP meetings as required (risk basis).
  • Validate patterns before sending to vendors, where needed.
  • Update BOMs as needed.
  • Participate in and support new initiatives and projects.

Strategic Role / Relationship building

  • Builds trusting and collaborative relationships with key teams across the business.
  • Openly seeks out individuals internally and at the factory level to share relevant information that benefits the customer, business and VF associates.
  • Debates and provides authentic dialogue with stakeholders to achieve the shared goal.

Leadership

  • Actively listens to others and exchanges ideas.
  • Applies facts and adapts own communication style and language based on the audience and situation.
  • Be proactive, effective and timely when communicating with all personnel.
  • Provide active coaching to vendors and regional team members to encourage and foster new knowledge while ensuring VFs values are upheld.
  • To provide timely decisions to vendor to avoid potential delay or inaccuracy in sample making or production.

WHAT WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR IN YOU:

  • Fashion/Apparel Design (emphasis in pattern making, technical design and fit). Industrial Engineering.
  • At least 5 years in relevant experience.
  • Spanish native speaker, good English skills.
  • Ability to act as a technical resource and mentor to others.
  • Strong working knowledge of manufacturing, design, product development and merchandising processes from the inception of design through production.
  • Proficient pattern making skills (including hands-on experience in flat pattern & draping), garment sizing and pattern grading.
  • A trained eye of good fitting garment (both, on ‘live’ model and Fit Form) and thorough understanding of garment proportion and functionalities.
  • Knowledge of garment construction standard and engineering, textiles/fabric, trims, finishing (wet & dry), and manufacturing methods.
  • Ability to interpret design intent and offer alternative solutions, as needed.
  • Attention to detail, accurate and articulate with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proactive. Solution driven mind set. Strong sense of urgency and ability to adhere to Product Development Calendar.
  • Good computing skills including Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator

Other Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of Computerized pattern system (e.g. Gerber) and PLM.
  • Motivated to create and manage a meaningful IDP.
  • Curious and courageous to seek regular feedback.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US:

  • Being a part of a movement that is Purpose led which enables us to have a positive impact on communities around the world, it gives greater meaning to the work we do
  • Working with a team of diverse and sharp minds that work with an inclusive and global mindset because our differences are what make us stronger together.
  • Providing you with the best in class, work environment, well-being policies and workplace flexibility that is about helping you show up and lean into life with your whole self – emotionally, physically and socially.

Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

VF is an equal opportunity employer, we're committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our associates and applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability or any other legally protected factor​​.

More Information:

Principal Accountabilities:
Under broad supervision:* Conduct internal quality controls to ensure established quality procedures and norms are followed* Conduct non-routine quality analysis and test/inspect quality control programs, resolve most questions and problems and recommend necessary quality procedure changes* Monitor and records inconsistencies with quality procedures and norms* Record and analyze customer claims and prepare reports on rejected or defective products* May assist in the development of new methods and procedures

Knowledge & Skill Requirements:
* Bachelor’s degree in a related field *Equivalent years of experience in a substantially similar industry may be considered in lieu of a degree to be determined by the nature of the specific job and the hiring manager’s criteria* Three to five years of related experience preferred* Strong written and oral communication skills

Knowledge & Application:
* Understands and applies the principles and practices in a recognized professional field requiring extensive academic preparation* Likely to be newly professionally qualified in a specific field, or will have extensive experience in complex technical area* Determines a course of action based on guidelines and modifies processes and methods as required* Generally requires knowledge of company policies, practices, and procedures

Problem Solving:
* Resolves issues which are often varied and non-routine * Uses previous experience to identify most appropriate option or improve existing approaches* Problems likely to require clarification* Undertakes analysis and investigation to solve differing, but related, problems* Work is performed under general guidance and direction* May require the initiation of contacts to resolve and discuss mutual problems or collaboration on procedures or transactions

Interaction:
* Conveys information to occasionally divergent audiences that may require some persuasion* In some instances will need to convey information to audiences not knowledgeable of the subject matter* Requires objective review of difficult work problems, obtaining cooperation or approval* Understands and communicates fairly complex information within the specialization or recognized body of formal knowledge

Impact:
* Impact is generally limited to short-term team performance, occasionally on medium-term goals* Supports the achievement of goals through own personal effort * Responsible for planning own work, assessing own progress, and adjusting efforts to meet goals* Beginning to have more of a contributory impact on team performance

Accountability:
* Accountable for meeting own targets which impact the immediate work area* Accountable for own targets which will typically be definable but not always financially measurable * May help coordinate the work of junior members of the team* Accountable for managing own impact on cost and profitability of the business

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