Manager Development & Pattern Apparel

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


We’ll never launch a product unless we consider it perfect. Our product development teams create every shirt, every shoe, and every piece of equipment for thousands of athletes and fashion lovers as if it was one of a kind. And it truly is, as they weave their passion into every single product. But translating designs, drawings and renderings into real products requires a lot of decision making.


As a Hybrid Manager Development & Pattern Apparel, you will drive the expertise of both product development and pattern enhancement for Bra's & Tights to win the women's consumer.

Your responsibilities will encompass the entire development journey from the initial concept brief through to production readiness. Working collaboratively with material specialists, as well as cross-functional teams including product marketing, design and suppliers.

Drawing from your skills in both pattern knowledge and product development, you will play a pivotal role in driving Fit, function and innovation for her needs. Through a blend of processes, standards, and methodologies, your collaboration will be instrumental in maintaining a consistent brand identity characterized by quality, fit, speed, and value for the female consumer.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Take accountability for apparel development management process for Bra’s & Tights, with an emphasis on product integrity, product engineering and timely completion of all tasks in accordance with the corporate operating calendar. Apply close to body product understanding to enhance product performance.
  • Manage fit approval and size specification process, lead fitting meeting and take decisions on workmanship and construction.
  • Provide technical solutions by analyzing designs for manufacturability, production and material properties which address desired function and market appeal.
  • Manage handover of design pack to T1 to ensure that all technical information provided to T1 is complete.
  • Act as technical expert and guide/consult design and product marketing on T1 manufacturing efficiency suggestions. Manage comments to T1.
  • Review, validate and approve T1 costing information to ensure products are engineered in accordance with cost targets throughout the entire creation process. Secure initial FOB cost quotes and follow-up price adjustments. Ensure final costs adhere to adidas costing standard.
  • Ensure that all fabrics, trims, colors, processes, and development samples are fully tested to ensure adherence to adidas’ quality and testing standards. Manage quality and process escalations with senior manager as needed.
  • Review size sets for accuracy of measurements and merchantability of complete size range for Asian translation fit.
  • Review and sign off sealing sample with complete AD including all related documents prior to buy ready dates.
  • Ensure full conformity to published policies to ensure a final legal AD for final product.
  • Ensure accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of data by continuously updating the system.
  • Responsible for achieving specific KPIs (e.g., on-time buy ready, target FOB, margins, sustainability, and on-time SMS delivery, CR2 finalization) for assigned articles/product.
  • Support the global translation pattern process with special focus on fit consistency.
  • Evaluate, create, and implement standard grading rules to ensure consistency in fit and contributes actively in terms of fit/general pattern guidelines.
  • Live and foster a knowledge sharing culture, and mentor junior team members.
  • Support cross-functional projects as required.


Key Relationships:


  • Creation Centers CCH, CCS- Marketing, Design, Product Operations (Product Development, Materials Development, Pattern Making, Testing & Quality, Costing, Planning)
  • GCA BU
  • Sourcing
  • Teir1 supplier


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Advanced knowledge of material construction and related testing
  • Advanced knowledge of wear and physical product testing 
  • Advanced knowledge of production garment construction and manufacturing
  • Knowledge in pattern creation and enhancement and grading with the ability to provide effective, and cost-efficient pattern solutions and an understanding of apparel construction, material construction and properties related to fit.
  • Ability to fit a garment and comment to T1 on changes required.
  • Knowledge of costing and ability to negotiate as required.
  • Advanced skills in Gerber or similar CAD programs is an advantage.
  • Knowledge in CLO 3D or similar 3D programs is an advantage.
  • Advanced IT skills in MS Office, Adobe applications and ability to work with Product Data Management Systems


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • University degree in clothing technology or manufacturing, or technical degree as apparel technician.
  • Alternatively, combination of relevant education, experience, and training.
  • Minimum 4 years of relevant work experience in apparel product development.




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Job Title:  Manager Development & Pattern Apparel

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Shanghai
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  SH
Country/Region:  CN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  501898
Date:  Feb 12, 2024