Sr. Materials Designer/Developer in Brookfield, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Tool is continuing to innovate on the jobsite by providing real solutions for professional users. We lead the industry with our innovative Heated Gear solutions, giving quality workwear that keeps professionals warm and comfortable on the jobsite. We want YOU to help us continue that innovation!
As our Sr. Fabric and Materials Designer/Developer for Workwear and Heated Gear, you will assist us in finding just the right textile with just the right performance for each of our garments. We are expanding our workwear lineup and we need to bring the experience of an industry professional to bear on our growing collection. The opportunity to help guide and shape the apparel design and development team will be intrinsically linked to your work. You will help us establish and grow our materials and trims library while developing strong relationships with our current mills and manufacturing partners. There will be opportunities to grow this contact list far past current connections as the team's needs expand. You will operate in a larger corporate environment that encourages and expects nimble, entrepreneurial thinking, and will have a great deal of autonomy, while working closely with a cross functional team of brand leaders, designers, project managers and engineers. You will ultimately be responsible for our material, colors, patterns, trims and trends knowledge.
This role will report to the Lighting & Lifestyle Design Manager and will be part of a growing Gear/Workwear design team. In addition to the design team, you will work alongside of the larger Gear development team, including the Product Manager, and Project Lead, as well as many other roles in the company.
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- Work with the cross functional team to aid in getting products to market in a timely fashion
- Work with the Creative Designers and the Product Manager to understand each project direction.
- Collaborate with the Creative team to own the development of trend recommendations in colors, trims and materials, seasonally and otherwise.
- Own and maintain the company's color, trim, and material library.
- Regularly attend cross functional development meetings, ensuring that all fabric and material information is up to date and correct per project.
- Work with the creative designers and technical designer(s) to assist in creating prototypes and samples.
- Initiate development of color, fabrics, and trim components utilizing with current and/or new suppliers
- Attend fabric tradeshows, perform competitor research in order to gather the newest trends and fabric technologies, maintaining partnerships and finding new fabric sources
- Source New Trims and fabrics from trade shows, supplier visits, market research and design briefings
- Assist in driving Quality requirements and help the Fabric Engineer and Reliability Engineer ensure developed components are tested and meet Milwaukee Tools standards of performance.
- Manage Lab Dip process from initial request through production
- Communicates to team to bring awareness to trim availabilities
- Work cross functionally on any costing related challenges
- Assist the Sourcing team in negotiating price, minimums, production location, lead-times
- Collaborate with Creative and Engineers to determine color achievability across all materials
- Files and organizes lab dip rejections and approvals
- Works with designers to help solve any color discrepancies within a product
- Communicates color corrections with suppliers using correct terminology
- Assist Engineering in maintaining all master data for fabrics and trims within company database
- Assist Technical Designer in Building and maintaining Bills of Materials in accordance with style specifications.
- Responsible for maintaining all New Colorway documentation
- Works with designers to review graphic layouts for size, scale, and on body placement
- Organize and control fabric deadlines (greige planning, booking and ordering for prototypes, SMS and bulk)
- Organize material for prototypes and testing, general support in the entire fabric process (sourcing, vendor meetings, developments, marketing, etc.) as well as support of product engineer team
- A curiosity and drive to understand end-user's needs and the ability to help solve those needs from a material perspective
- 5-10 years' experience in apparel or textile design
- At least 3 years' experience specifically in material and trim design and development
- Bachelor's Degree in Apparel Design, Textile Design, or equivalent school and work experience.
- Experience in workwear is desired, but not required.
- Fluency using the Adobe CS suite of products preferred.
- Familiarity with the PC/Windows environment
- Experience in PLM software preferred but not required.
- Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to develop collaborative relationships
- Strong communications skills, willingness to be Candid
- Strong organization skills
- Be Obsessed with our Brand, our End-User, and Innovation
- Have a sense of Speed and Urgency and have the Agility to respond to the ever-changing landscape of product development.