“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

Senior Technical Designer
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 Senior Technical Designer will be responsible for creating product specifications from design concept to fit and construction approval for bulk production.


  • Create spec packages including correct grade rules and non-standard construction details.
  • Make recommendations to resolve potential production and cost issues while maintaining design and fit intent.
  • Collaborate with business partners to understand the direction on design aesthetic and fit intent.
  • Partner with agents/vendors to troubleshoot, educate, and understand factory capabilities.
  • Evaluate garment and pattern to adhere to original fit intent and determine the next steps.
  • Effectively communicate fit, construction and workmanship issues to vendors. Follow through on all issues during fit approval process.
  • Establish block patterns/spec standards within product category to maintain brand integrity and size/fit consistency.
  • Partner with Global Compliance to ensure that the product meets the Gymboree safety standards.
  • Track and manage workflow to ensure deadline is met for each delivery per production calendar.
  • Mentor and Manager 0-2 direct reports.
  • Communicate clearly and professionally on a technical level with team and all business partners.
  • Maintain core responsibilities without supervision.
  • Lead fittings with multiple business partners and share clear points of view on corrections needed.
  • Accountable for work commitments and outcomes.
  • Support team with workload to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to identify and proactively engage manager and business partners when issues arise with recommendations for viable options/solutions.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum Education - AA or Certification in Patternmaking, Apparel Manufacturing, Design
  • 7-10 years related experience
  • 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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