Outdoor Research
  • Production
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Full Time


Outdoor Research is looking for an assertive, well organized and focused Technical Designer. This position reports to the Technical Design Manager while working closely with Design, and other members of the Product Development Team. Applicant must be a self-starter with great problem solving skills to support and achieve the product development and commercialization of new products and technologies; from design hand off through all phases of development and fit to the final production tech packs.


  • Extreme sense of detail and accuracy with proven ability to establish and maintain schedules and deadlines
  • Technical apparel / accessory development and commercialization skills
  • Proven ability to troubleshoot potential production issues and to research and identify innovative solutions
  • Experience with patternmaking, construction, and fitting of various performance and technical apparel and or accessory products
  • Technical training or factory experience in apparel / accessories product development
  • Computer literate with ability to use Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Experience with PDM or related tech pack system
  • Strong competency in Adobe Illustrator
  • General understanding of the outdoor sports markets and trends
  • Consumer level awareness of outdoor products
  • Degree from accredited apparel design/ development program
  • 3 - 5 years related product development experience
  • Active in outdoor sports (preferred)
  • Fluent in written and spoken English


  • To establish & uphold the OR design philosophy and to execute the designers direction- Adhere to product performance and corporate branding guidelines established by Head of Product
  • To build product specifications as dictated by design intent
  • To prepare and maintain seasonally accurate tech pack documents
  • Manage over all fit intent, production ready construction and cost effective construction
  • To critique all proto, sales, & pre-production samples against the tech pack specifications for fit, sewing quality, design accuracy, and functionality; both new, updated and carry over
  • Proactively communicate vendor partners and contractors during the entire development process, working diligently to eliminate errors and costly production delays
  • To manage and complete the development and commercialization of products against the agreed process and timelines on time, in full, and accurate
  • To manage and provide oversight and accuracy on shared, multi-category areas:
  • Fit
    • To follow OR's standard grade rules for all garment types
    • To be knowledgeable concerning appropriate POM (point of measure) selection and usage to drive consistent and achievable fit direction for all garment types
    • Ability to provide guidance and ensure adherence to body spec standards and fit categories
    • Prepare spec report for fittings
  • Color
    • Partner with design to accurately build out color way specifications in all BOM creation areas of detail
    • Share responsibility to build and maintain Color Line Plan detail drawing representations
  • Other duties may be assigned



  • Well organized with ability to multitask
  • Demonstrates initiative and follow through in all areas of responsibility
  • Enthusiastic with a youthful mindset
  • Comfortable with teamwork atmosphere and ability to be flexible and agile within the work environment and scope of responsibility
  • Able to work /communicate in a culturally diverse environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and adhere to deadlines
  • Commercially oriented
  • Willingness to seek input and evaluate information to make commercially responsible decisions
  • Comfortable with domestic and international travel
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