Petco Sr Apparel Designer in San Diego, California

Our vision at Petco is Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We're making things better for pets, people and the planet through our Think Adoption First philosophy, the Petco Foundation and other important initiatives that focus on putting animals first, educating pet parents and reducing our carbon footprint. The journey starts with knowledgeable, passionately engaged associates who are proud to recommend Petco as a place to work, who believe in our Vision and who are committed to delivering a superior customer experience. From our retail stores and our network of Distribution Centers to our Corporate offices, you'll work with others who share your values and commitment. We seek individuals who are passionate about animal welfare, have great people skills and are driven to grow and advance in their careers with us. Our ongoing growth is creating exceptional opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment throughout our organization. Position Purpose: The Apparel Designer is responsible for designing and developing fashion and functional apparel for Petco Owned Brands by interpreting trends into finished product. This includes developing themes, color, fabrication and silhouettes. Candidates will have a through understanding of technical specifications, apparel construction and fit, as well as an understanding of printing techniques and materials. Essential Job Functions: The incumbent must be able to perform all of the following duties and responsibilities with or without a reasonable accommodation. Develop and design fashion and functional apparel, accessories and additional cut-and-sew items to be produced in our Owned Brans; execute within the schedule and budget parameters. Assist in the execution of vendor ready technical design packs that can be easily understood and produced by our suppliers. Provide product execution and fit feedback to manufacturers throughout the production process as needed to ensure design vision is adhered to. Manage multiple design projects with tight deadlines switching priorities quickly without losing momentum. Execute flat drawings, product illustations and print repeats each season. Create trend boards that accurately forecast new product trends in color, fabric, silhouette, pattern and social trends to be translated into designs that meet Petco's corporate goals, costs and brand vision. Approve lab dips, fabric and samples; providing corrections and feedback to China office to ensure proper execution of designs. Perform other related duties, tasks and responsibilities as required, assigned and directed. Supervisory Responsibility: No supervisory responsibility, however, may provide guidance to less experience designers. Incumbent must be self-motivated and able to effectively manage the process for product design from start to finish, including data collection, timeline management, and managing external consultants, and files being sent to vendors. Work Environment: Most tasks are performed while seated indoors at a personal computer. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. QualificationsEducation and Experience: Normally requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent, preferably in Fashion Design or Product Design. Requires a minimum of five to six years experience involving: 1) Designing within a soft line category (ie: apparel, handbags, bedding, etc.); 2) Developing product overseas including execution of technical design packs 3) Designing for licensed branded product and/ or private label product; 4) Interacting with brand merchandisers, overseas vendors, licensors, and sales. Requires the ability to analyze and evaluate new designs and design modifications from a budgetary or financial standpoint. Requires experience working in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment as well as the ability to self manage deadlines. Must be self-motivated and results-oriented with the ability to function effectively as a team member yet work independently. Requires the ability to effectively communicate conceptual ideas within a highly collaborative design process, including giving and receiving feedback on design work. Provide presentation materials, product mockups, concept boards and other materials for new product concept reviews, sales pitches and product launches. Must be able to keep abreast of current trends in color, fashion, and competitive products. Requires strong computer skills with knowledge of: Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and Adobe Suite: Photoshop and Illustrator, CS3 or higher in MAC, Additional CAD software optional. Requires a high level of creativity and fashion trend knowledge. Must be a team player with leadership skills. Must be able to graciously receive constructive criticism and apply it to designs and work processes.