Job details

Digital Pattern Block Developer

Job reference: 002953

Closing date: 15/09/2019

Salary: Competitive salary & benefits

Department: Design, Technical and QA

Hours per week: 36.17 hours per week

N Brown group have been trading in the heart of Manchester for over 150 years. Our vision is to become the universally loved exerts in fashion that fits by helping our customers’ look and feel amazing through our trusted family of brands. 

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Digital Block Developer to translate body shape analysis and research into Blocks with an innovative grade that is customer centric using 2D digital pattern development and 3D digital software to deliver a Product Fit.

Key responsibilities will include:

  1. Work in line with the Digital strategy as defined by the Head of Digital Fit Innovation.
  2. Translate body growth analysis into grade increments for creation of customer centric product fit in the form of 2D and 3D blocks.
  3. Create and maintain an N Brown library of master blocks, support roll out to teams and implementation with Suppliers.
  4. Create and maintain Block Tech pack including size specification charts, physical samples for blocks.
  5. Work closely with the Product Innovation team, Design and Suppliers to support adoption and implementation of the standards on fit/Grading to ensure consistency of Fit across all departments.
  6. Support Fit Innovator in recruitment of Fit models and creation of customer centric fit forms.
  7. Support Fit Innovator with the creation of 3D avatars that are customer centric and are accurate in representation of movement for virtual fitting.
  8. Support where required to re-engineer patterns to support net margin improvements.
  9. In conjunction with Style developer and Product Innovator review and analyse block performance through specific product reviews, returns metrics and customer insight to continuously improve fit where possible.
  10. Remain updated and knowledgeable of new digital software, technology, fit innovations, sizing data and apply accordingly to innovate fit and communication of sizing to customer
  11. Provide Digital fit expertise to support the wider product team including Design, Buying, Product Innovation Team, Merchandising, Marketing, Supply Base and placements.
  12. Communication – engage with the wider business team both internal and external to drive the Digital strategy.
  13. Evaluate Supplier for skill abilities, lead times and quality of product achieved acting on issues and recommending improvements
  14. Growth in Profitability – reduce returns rates due to improved Fit and Quality, Value and Customer perception with less quality issues at source.

What you’ll need to succeed:

  • Digital Pattern cutting skills with excellent competency in using 2D/3D digital software
  • Pattern cutting expertise/knowledge in relevant product type – Tailoring, Jersey/Woven, Lingerie, Kidswear, menswear
  • Excellent Grading skills in both standard sizing and plus size
  • Excellent Fitting skills specific to relevant product.
  • Creative flair with a good appreciation of fashion/current trends/quality standards on product fit/styling/construction and innovation to product
  • Communication skills – verbal and written – ability to communicate via variety of media with different cultures/various levels of Stakeholders with professionalism, tact, diplomacy and integrity.
  • Relevant Product construction knowledge
  • Knowledge of a wide ranging Supply base.
  • Knowledge of product testing, legislation and compliance relating to relevant product types.
  • Analytical skills – ability to interpret technical requirements to influence corrective actions
  • IT skills – competent in word, excel, powerpoint and relevant cad software for role.
  • Highly organised
  • Self-motivated, innovative and future thinking
  • Can-do approach and flexible to changing environment
  • Excellent Time Management – personal and role impact


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