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
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- Understanding of garment construction standards, manufacturing
methods, materials (fabric and trims) and finishing
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
- 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 MyVFBenefits.com 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 vfc.com
We just have one question. Are you in?