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VF Corporation The North Face: Patternmaker, Apparel in Denver, Colorado

Now that you’ve found the job description, what’s next?

At The North Face we dare to lead the world forward through Exploration. We were born to Explore, Disrupt and to Lead. We were born to Love Wild Places and to Spark Curiosity. We believe that exploration is a mindset - both on the mountain and off the mountain - and it infuses everything we do. As a community of explorers, we stay curious about new ideas, places, and people.

So, before we get to the job details, take a minute to learn a little more about us – our values and our culture. If you can see yourself working side-by-side with a team of adventure-loving people, The North Face just may be the place for you.

To learn more about our values and our culture, visit The North Face Careers (https://www.thenorthface.com/en-us/about-us/careers) or www.thenorthface.com (https://www.thenorthface.com/en-us) .

Position: Patternmaker (Apparel)

What will you do?

A day in the life of a Patternmaker at The North Face looks a little like this.

As Patternmaker, you will be part of a growing team of fit experts that creates block pattern development, grading, Standards and SOPs, manuals, workmanship, product fit to drive product consistency for The North Face. Harness your curiosity to research new product categories and drive the development, engineering, and fit execution for technologically advanced performance products of the highest level. You will support the team on creating Global Standards and Fit Initiatives which include competitive market research, competitive product fit reviews, high level expertise in pattern construction and grading, creating, and evaluating fit blocks and analyzing consumer feedback to drive strong and consistent Brand fit. Utilize 2D Patternmaking CAD & 3D software and the Denver Proto Lab to bring new blocks and construction methods that will generate greater efficiencies and advancements in the development process.

Let’s break down that day-in-the-life a bit more.

  • Support the Standard team on the creation of fit blocks that establish a recognizable fit, utilizing Gerber 2D CAD system

  • Support the team on evaluating, creating and implementing standard grade rules to ensure consistency in fit

  • Support the team on the development of TNF product standards and guidelines including fit intent guardrails, training documents, and grade rules

  • Support seasonal block reviews with TD & Design and participate actively to fit presentations.

  • Provide support in garment construction, garment technology, quality and fit, acting as a consultant on fit, sizing and pattern related topics

  • Support the creation of digital assets

  • Support the development of enhancement of systems to ensure Pattern/Fit requirements are met and to improve/innovate global product creation technologies

  • Participate to Global fit projects and initiatives and work closely with cross-functional teams on to understand the creative vision for each project, present findings from in depth research and analysis

  • Maintain the development schedule of all projects and products to ensure a timely completion following the product development calendar

  • Review, update and organize efficiently existing documents and create new ones

  • Create 3D digital product utilizing designated tools, Browzwear, to provide visual representation of new silhouettes and blocks

  • Increase awareness and understanding of fit and quality drivers within the organization through the education and training of key business counterparts

  • In collaboration with all global pattern teams, support the consolidation of basic patterns across all BUs, ensure aligned needs of all Creation Center and is a contact for all basic pattern directions and application usage

  • Interpret creative design concepts and translate aesthetic requirements into products that function for the athlete and perform to the high standards of the Brand

  • Some travel overseas to manufacturers may be required

What do you need to succeed?

We all have unique skills that we bring to work and celebrate every day. For this role, there are foundation skills you’ll need to succeed and excel. Additionally, while formal education in a related field is great to have, we are most interested in your 5+ years of experience in Patternmaking/Technical Design, Product Development in a medium or large size company, preferably in the outdoor industry.

The foundation skills you will need in this position are:

  • Expertise in patternmaking, fit, construction, and knowledge of grading and manufacturing processes across diverse product categories

  • Able to research, develop and manage highly complex product with minimal support

  • Knowledge of Gerber CAD Pattern software (or other software) and 3D Design systems

  • Knowledge of production environment and sewing flow

  • Knowledge about material and product quality

  • Possess a deep and end-to-end understanding of product creation

  • Understanding of apparel construction, material construction and properties related to fit and quality.

  • Ability to analyze complex problems and to provide customized solutions

  • Ability to work independently under minimal guidance on multiple projects while adhering to a specified deadline

  • Advanced skills in virtual creation / 3D

  • Proficient in MS Office, Adobe Illustrator and PLM programs

  • Excellent collaboration skills

  • Growth mindset and enthusiasm for learning new tools and problem-solving

  • Results-oriented and process driven, with high degree of agility and adaptability

  • Passion for your work equal to your passion for getting outside and living it

What do we offer you?

At The North Face, we know you expect as much from us as we do from you. That is why we make a commitment to support and grow our people. We offer extensive development and growth opportunities for your current and future positions, a competitive compensation package, and a strong benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and 401(k).

Our commitment extends beyond this and into your daily work life. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive culture based on respect, connection, and authenticity. Our focus on DEI is at the foundation of who we are and what we do.

To learn more about The North Face’s benefits package, follow this MyVFBenefits.com (https://www4.benefitsolver.com/benefits/BenefitSolverView?page_name=signon&co_num=30716&co_affid=vfcorp) and click “Looking to Join VF”.

To learn more about The North Face’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, go to www.thenorthface.com.

Now WE have a question for YOU.

Are you in?

Hiring Range :

$69,984.00 USD - $87,480.00 USD annually

Incentive Potential : This position is eligible for additional compensation awards that may include an annual incentive plan, sales incentive, or commission potential. Specific details of the additional compensation eligibility for this position will be provided during the recruiting and interview process.

Benefits at VF Corporation : You can review a general overview of each benefit program offered, including this year's medical plan rates on www.MyVFbenefits.com and by clicking Looking to Join VF? Detailed information on your benefits will be provided during the hiring process.

P lease note, our hiring ranges are determined and built from market pay data. In determining the specific compensation for this position, we comply with all local, state, and federal laws.

At VF, we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at peopleservices@vfc.com . VF will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Pursuant to all applicable local Fair Chance Ordinance requirements, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, VF will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

VF Diversity Vision Statement VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.