Michael Kors is always interested in hearing from talented, globally-minded individuals with a passion for fashion.
If you enjoy working in a creative, fast-paced environment, then we would love to hear from you!
Michael Kors is looking for a Technical Director of Footwear.
Major Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
* Support Design in reviewing concepts in order to identify and provide commercially viable solutions for feasibility and execution challenges * Work with Design on pattern corrections considering fitting and comfort * Orchestrate to execute technical solutions with internal and external (factories) stake holders * Make recommendations on sample allocations based on factory's technical capabilities * Drive pattern, last and construction adjustments with factories in order to achieve design intent * Be able to tactfully influence Design, Merchandising and Production teams on alternative solutions when there are technically challenging situations * Be able to leverage and direct our factories' technical staff and resources to get the job done and ensure the MK timelines are met * Accountable for proper execution of the all samples : proto, market and fit samples * Review and authorize appropriate compound needed for heels, platforms and outsoles * Ensure MK fit standard is strictly followed by auditing the last and standards * Enforce and maintain the proper insole composition for each type of footwear * Lead and supervise construction review on all placed new styles * Responsible to review and approve fit for production * Travel approx. 4 times a year for production fit approval * Responsible for assessing comfort of the shoes * Derive cost savings solutions related to the constructions and technical solutions * Partner and collaborate with NY and DG teams throughout the development and production * Support the decisions on which styles to wear test / lab test and partner with QA team to alert of potential challenges
* 15+ years of experience in Technical area of footwear * Cross functional interpersonal skills to bridge Design / Production / Factories to ensure the optimal outcome * Deep technical knowledge of fitting and shoe making (pattern, last, components, etc) * Knowledge of material and its effect on execution * Effective communication * Organization skills * Capability to work efficiently in managing high volume * Fluency in English * Chines / Italian language is a +