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Technical Design Manager

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Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: VIC Metro
Categories: Design - Merchandise

About Kmart

With more than 300 stores and employing over 40,000 people, Kmart is proud to be one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest and most successful retailers.

Serving the needs of Australian and New Zealand families is at the core of who we are as a business, that’s why we are driven to be the place customers rely on for low prices and making every day living brighter.


You’ll be joining a dynamic team with a fantastic culture where diversity is openly celebrated, and you’ll be challenged and supported to achieve personal and business goals. Expect a work environment that is highly collaborative, fast-paced, inclusive and progressive - with no two days the same! Our values – Think Customer, Take Care, Live Integrity, Grow Together and Reach Higher will resonate with you deeply and you’ll enjoy being part of a growing, iconic Australian business that has a fantastic culture that is non-hierarchical, diverse and inclusive.

What we’re looking for?

Kmart are excited to be looking to appoint a Technical Design Manager.  This role will be responsible for leading the day to day operational and performance of the apparel Technical Fit program across all of apparel.  You will be the SME when it comes to providing a high level of expertise and technical advice around fit standards and will have significant input into the development, implementation and administration of supplier standards.  This role will see you leading a team whilst designing new innovative ways of working and embedding these into the team.  You will also be responsible for the following:

  • Partnering with the design and merch teams to develop products aligned to production standards, product aesthetics and brand DNA;
  • Establish and deliver fit standards across apparel to ensure consistency across apparel;
  • Identify and resolve issues that arise around fit, production and/or costing;
  • Lead the technical strategy for Kmart apparel.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with all stakeholders.

About You

To meet the challenges of this role, you will ideally possess the following skills and experience;

  • High degree of technical acuity in pattern making, sizing and grading and ability to readily identify and rectify issues associated with same;
  • Experience working with large scale apparel manufacturers, coupled with experience in technical production methodologies in relation to pattern development;
  • Extensive experience using PLM systems, ILLUSTRATOR and 3D design tools for creating tech packs, approving samples and communicating with suppliers; and
  • Demonstrated experience applying and implementing technical standards and methodologies across a wide portfolio of apparel products.

You will be afforded autonomy and accountability in your role and have access to development opportunities across both Kmart and the Wesfarmers Group, excellent remuneration, inclusion in company bonus scheme & access to Wesfarmers share plan (both for eligible team members), free parking and benefits program including a discount card for Kmart, Target and Officeworks.

At Kmart we aim to ensure our teams reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate.

Candidates interested in this position should apply directly to this advertisement as we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies.

Kmart are a 2021 Circle Back Initiative Employer – this means we are committed to responding to every applicant


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Applications close: AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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