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Design Development Manager, Knitwear | NYC


  • Reporting to the Design Director and working collaboratively with the RTW team, the Knitwear Designer is responsible for contributing to the design, creation and development of the seasonal knitwear collections from concept to completion.
  • Identify trends and research the market at the start of the season.
  • Research stitches, source yarns and launch swatch development.
  • Develop detailed knitwear sketches in keeping with the proposed line plan as dictated by the Merchandising Team and Design Director.
  • Build and launch tech packs, following through each style from initial proto development through final production tech packs and PPS approval.
  • Review and inspect samples before fit sessions ensuring all requirements have been met. Attend fittings prepared with all relevant information.
  • Proficient in fittings and confident in following through styles, from sketch to production.
  • Make sure proportions are maintained throughout the size range, making adjustments when necessary for smaller or larger sizes. Update and release graded specs upon garment approval.
  • Build Linesheet and Style Matrix with Knitwear groups, and update throughout the season until finalized.
  • Collaborate with the Developer on setting and adhering to the development calendar as it pertains to the Knitwear category and provide any potential deadline issues that may result in not meeting set deadlines. Prioritize workload based on timeline and deliverables. Communicate approaching deadlines in order to facilitate a timely development flow.
  • Communicate and follow up with vendors to adhere to timelines and ensure issues with development are resolved in a timely manner and target prices are met.
  • Partner with overseas team members and hold regular check-ins with the Peru team.
  • Travel when needed to support the business.

Required Skills

  • Eye for silhouette, passion for knitwear, and attention to detail.
  • Proficient in fittings and confident in following through styles, from sketch to production.
  • Good factory/ supplier relationships. Experience working and communicating with overseas vendors.
  • Knowledge of costing and zedonk a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office/Google Workspace and Adobe Suite (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Highly organized.
  • Self motivated with good cross functional communication skills. Team player.
  • Ability to critically think and creatively solve complex problems with an eye for apparel construction details.

Salary Range

$75,000.00 - $85,000.00 DOE

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