“The product is fun and lets me flex my creative muscles every season, but the best part of working here honestly, is the team. The people I work with are amazing, and that counts for a lot in the design industry!”

Sean, Designer

Manager, Technical Design
in CA - San Francisco

Job Description

Gymboree Group, Inc. is a portfolio of children's brands operating specialty retail stores with high-quality clothes and accessories. Our family of brands includes Gymboree, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8. Since our start in 1976, we have grown from offering mom-and-baby classes in the San Francisco Bay Area to currently operating hundreds of retail stores throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, along with franchises around the world. We believe that respect for the customer, respect for the brand, and respect for each other are at the core of everything we do.

The Technical Design Manager will be responsible for overseeing a team to ensure the products are accurately developed and executed from design concept to fit approval.


  • Manage and mentor 2-3 direct reports.
  • Manage assigned areas with product ownership.
  • Lead the team to achieve the department/company goals.
  • Ability to oversee any product areas to support the team with workload and meet the deadlines.
  • Review and ensure the deadlines on the production calendar are deliverable.
  • Partner with agents/vendors to troubleshoot, educate, and understand factory capabilities.
  • Ensure workload is balanced within the team to manage workflow and business needs.
  • Ensure design/fit intent/fit corrections are correctly documented and communicated to the vendors.
  • Ensure block patterns/spec standards are established within product category to maintain brand integrity and size/fit consistency. Ability to approve block patterns based on standard expectations.
  • Ensure grade rules are assessed and maintained for the responsible areas.
  • Ensure tracking is updated and correct for the responsible areas.
  • Ensure team members are trained on all department systems.
  • Ensure team understands and adheres to standard procedures.
  • Communicate clearly and professionally on a technical level with team and all business partners.
  • Accountable for work commitments and outcomes.
  • Assess team members’ effectiveness in fittings and provide guidance for improved performance.
  • Create action plans at all levels for growth and development; address performance concerns.
  • Conduct quarterly meetings to support team’s development and to align on progress of goals.
  • Ability to identify and proactively engage business partners when issues arise with recommendations for viable options/solutions.
  • Challenge business partners when appropriate to prevent re-work, redundancies, and inefficiency.
  • Travel to factories and agents to work with technical teams, trouble shoot issues and educate.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum Education - AA or Certification in Patternmaking, Apparel Manufacturing, or Design
  • 10+ years technical related experience (0-3 years’ experience in a management role)
  • Expertise in pattern making including grading, construction, and fit for multiple/complex products
  • Knowledge of garment construction and manufacturing methods/process
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and verbal/written communication skills
  • Capable of handling multiple tasks and work with a keen sense of urgency
  • Ability to proactively trouble shoot and problem solve
  • Strong computer skills required (i.e. Momentis PDM, Adobe Illustrator, Optitex, MS Outlook/Office)

Gymboree Group, Inc. is unable to provide relocation assistance for this position.
Principals Only. EOE. No phone calls please.

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71 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, CA  94105

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