As our Pattern Engineer for our In-House Manufacturing team, you'll have the opportunity to be an integral part and help develop innovative new techniques for footwear manufacturing. You'll be looked upon to collaborate with design, manufacturing, and process engineering to help shape footwear designs in a method to minimize labor, maximize quality, and optimize yields. You'll make pattern grading decisions based on alternatives/options generated during these collaborations, contribute to product designs as it relates to manufacturability, and team with the engineers to lead original and complex projects from conception to completion including initial pattern concepts through a fully graded pattern design. You'll assist and lead cross-functional teams to troubleshoot, document, and improve existing production processes by applying a range of innovative pattern design alternatives or options applicable to manufacturing processes, including machinery, components, tooling and facilities. You'll also participate on CAD project teams by prioritizing and completing individual responsibilities to develop, design, and document equipment (mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems), as well as complex multi-process, matched tool sets for manufacturing processes. You'll facilitate projects and interface with machine operators, machinists, vendors and any other disciplines as required to meet project deadlines. In addition, you'll configure and translate CAD software and document packages to meet internal and external needs.
Requirements for the position include:
·Bachelor's degree in Apparel/Textile Design, Technology, Merchandising, Engineering, Industrial Engineering or related field
·5 years' experience with Footwear design, development and/or manufacturing
·5 years' experience with Pattern Engineering
·Experience with grading patterns and performing dye breaks within a pattern
·CRISPIN software experience is preferred
·Ability to research problems, develop solutions and present possible solutions for implementation
·Curious by nature: passionate about product and innovation that is new and better; demonstrates instincts about product improvements, demonstrates instincts on technology applications; creative problem solver; looks to future, not past successes; sees potential in crude concepts; is inventive by nature, with and engineering acumen
·Comfortable with paradox and uncertainty; understands that "failure is part of the creative innovation process"
·Ability to effectively function in a multitasking environment with multiple projects and platforms in various stages and sizes
·Ability to work in a team environment and with cross-functional departments
·Ability to work successfully under the pressure of tight timelines and frequent changes to a heavy workload
·Ability to work with outside vendors and machine shops to procure tooling is preferred
·Experience in a Research and Development, manufacturing or a related environment strongly preferred