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Senior Knit Textile Designer

POSITION SUMMARY STATEMENT (defines the major functions/purpose of the position)
Senior Textile Designer will create designs for knitted cut & sew textiles utilizing in-house made and purchased assortment of yarns. Designer will combine innovative approach with a practical view of the end-products as usable garments. Designer will oversee the development of swatch developments to assure adherence to merchandising plan, cost /quality requirements and Design Calendar deadlines.
Designs will be based on seasonal color and concept direction, merchandising plans and production knitting machine gauge assortment.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Ability to be artistic, creative and able to work with cad based design programs (Shima, Stoll experience preferred; company will consider training candidates that have all other qualifications)
• Ability to lead development of knitted textiles based on seasonal color/concept direction, fashion trends, merchandising plan and knitting machine assortment
• Textile Designer must discuss, understand and interpret the needs, ideas and requirements of brand customer accurately
• Ability to have an eye for color, texture and pattern and have good attention to detail
• Understand the properties of different materials (yarns) and the production processes of textiles (knitting machine types, gauges)
• Have knowledge of the market and be able to predict new trends
• Liaise with in-house Merchandising & Creative teams and interpret their ideas and needs accurately
• Liaise with Yarn R&D /Design purchasing group and technical staff ( programmers, knitters) as well as design colleagues considering how the textile will be used and what price target and properties it needs
• Ability to provide specific design direction for programmer team, yarn R&D, knitting team to create computer programs and actual knit swatches for Merchandising /Creative Design meetings
• Assess how the textile will be used and therefore which properties it needs, before producing design ideas and/or sample swatch for presentation to Merchandising/Creative teams
• Research and test the properties of materials used in specialist and industrial textiles ( printing, washing, felting, circular knitting /flat- bed knitting)
• Ability to correctly set up & process swatch information following in-house guideline
• Undertake research for ideas and inspiration
• Check and approve samples of completed design items
• Work to specific deadlines, volume requirements, and within a budget
• Keep up to date with new fashions, trends, and design/production techniques
• Attend textile trade shows as needed
• Some national and international travel required (yarn shows, market research)


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Demonstrates high degree of professionalism in communication, attitude and teamwork with customers, peers and management
• Demonstrates high level of quality work, attendance and appearance
• Adheres to all Company Policies & Procedures and Safety Regulations
• Adheres to local, state and federal laws
• Additional responsibilities assigned by supervisor related to your position/department
• Ability to be flexible and willing to work extended hours when necessary
• Model the “St. John Way”

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Manage & Mentor Assistant/Associate Textile Design staff
• Ensures work flow and processes are to maximum efficiencies for business necessity

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
• Interacts with all levels throughout organization including employees and outside vendors



MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The following are the minimum qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

COMPETENCIES:
• Adaptability
• Business Acumen
• Communication
• Decision Making
• Honesty and Integrity
• Initiative
• Innovation
• Organization
• Professionalism
• Results Orientated
• Solution Orientated
• Teamwork
• Thoroughness

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:
• 5 – 10 years of textile or fabric design Experience
• Be skilled in design and technology subjects
• Have an interest in fashion, textiles, and design
• Enjoy working with a range of different styles and techniques
• Be able to function in team based environment
• Understand commercial aspect /requirements of product development
• Maintain high level of creative output
• Designer will be based in our Irvine Design offices and may spend a large part of their working day sitting in front of a computer screen.
• Level of education (High School, College Degree) or equivalent work experience preferred or equivalent work experience
• Certification, Training or relevant course work
• Computer proficiency and specific software requirements

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: In general, the following physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow differently-abled individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.

• Standing, walking and squatting less than fifty percent of the work shift
• May be required to lift, move and carry up to 40 pounds
• Ability to read, count and write to accurately complete all documentation and reports
• Must be able to see, hear and speak in order to communicate with employees and other customers
• Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
• Manual dexterity required using hands to finger; handle, feel and type; reach with hands and arms

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