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Vans Apparel Technical Designer

Company: VF Corporation
Location: Costa Mesa
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

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Join the Vans Family

Vans is the original action sports footwear company, rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, we have thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the expressive creators within our company and community as they bring new and innovative perspectives to shape and transform the future of our business.

At Vans, our culture sets us apart and influences everything we do. We are driven by our five values: We are Determined. We are Connected to our consumers and to each other. We are Inclusive. We are Expressive and Fun. Most of all, we are a family.

Our purpose to enable creative expression and inspire youth culture is fostered through our inclusivity. We welcome anyone and everyone into our global family and proudly celebrate and environment where individuality is embraced, equal opportunities thrive, and everyone is empowered to reach their greatest potential.

By joining our family, you will be immersed in an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work hard across a multitude of initiatives to bring the Van Doren Spirit to life. We live for what we do.

Apparel Technical Designer

As an Apparel Technical Designer at Vans, you will be instrumental in executing the technical design process from development to final fit approval: creating the perfect fit for our consumers.

How You Will Make a Difference

What you will do:

You will make an impact by maintaining the integrity of the Vans brand: ensuring to develop products consistent with established fits, quality standards, manufacturer capabilities, and cost specifications for designated apparel categories.

How you will do it:

Your passion, experience, product knowledge and skills will support and leverage the company's continual quest to enable creative expression for our consumers.

What success looks like:

  • You will own the fit process (both, on 'live' models and fit forms) to ensure successful sample execution from first and second prototypes, sale samples, and through production.
  • You will partner with Design and Development, make appropriate recommendations, and effectively communicate with VF Offices/Factories regarding fit, spec, shape, pattern, and construction methods to improve fit and quality that best satisfies Vans consumers.
  • You will develop, review and approve garment technical specifications using existing blocks or market samples to complete Design Tech Packs that will be used to create top-quality garments.
  • You will articulate Designer's aesthetic fit to technical fit and suggest corrections when necessary.
  • You will conduct bench-mark analysis and market R&D on existing and new silhouettes, when necessary.
  • You will adhere to Product Development Calendars and Vans/VF SOPs, to ensure timely completion of Fit Comments to VF Offices/Factories.
  • Your diverse experiences and background enable you to provide a unique perspective to fuel our global growth. Additionally, you are inclusive and value differing points of view.

Free To Be, Inclusion & Diversity

As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Skills for Success

Years of Related Professional Experience: 5-7+ years

Educational Position Requirements:

A formal education and subsequent undergraduate/graduate degrees are nice to have, but we are most interested in your total experience and professional achievements.

  • What we expect you already know:
  • Hands-on experience in pattern development, flat and draping; garment sizing and pattern grading - patternmaking knowledge is a must.
  • Understanding of garment construction standards, manufacturing methods, materials (fabric and trims) and finishing techniques.
  • A trained eye for fitting garments (both, on 'live' model and fit forms) with a thorough understanding of garment proportion, functionality, fabric drape; different body profiles and pattern shapes.

  • What we will teach you:
  • How to be the champion of fit consistency through the utilization of Fit Blocks and Fit Guide.
  • How to work cross-functionally within VF's network of regional sourcing offices and product teams.
  • How to operate Enovia PLM to manage fit comments, measurement charts and grade rule tables.

  • VF Guiding Principles: Live with Integrity, Act Courageously, Be Curious, Act with Empathy, and Preserve.

What's in it For You

We're in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That's why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we're the total package. Go to and click on "Looking to Join VF?" to learn more.

Our Parent Company, VF Corporation

VF is one of the world's largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It's the reason we come to work every day. It's a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling. Learn more at

We just have one question. Are you in?

Keywords: VF Corporation, Costa Mesa , Vans Apparel Technical Designer, Other , Costa Mesa, California

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