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Product Engineer (Garment Technician) - India Sourcing Office

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Company Description

Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, and Club Monaco, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands

Position Overview

The Product Engineer is responsible for creating garment specifications and standards within PLM for specific product categories within the brand. They own product from the concept (Initial Style Development) stage through to final production approval stage.  The Product Engineer leads fit sessions, manages sample fit approvals, influences calendar & workflow for their specified garment category or categories. This role requires a strong level of communication, technical, and problem-solving skills.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop PLM block templates for Tech Pack Creation.
  • Ensure a robust design development handoff takes place with all the appropriate components to build a complete tech pack.
  • Advise risks with construction, fit and execution within specific categories.
  • Owns garment measuring and full external and internal garment evaluations of fabric, construction & overall finishing.
  • Request mockups and revisions after Design review (i.e.: embossing, scales, artwork placement, engineered embellishment placement, patchwork, details, etc.)
  • Partners with Design and PD to offer options to meet design intent and margin targets for new fits and constructions.
  • Own updating comments, construction detail sketches and photos for all fittings in PLM.
  • Effectively communicate with cross functional teams to ensure seasonal calendar milestone deliverables are met.
  • Partner with global RL and supplier tech members to ensure that construction, finishing and fit is consistent across all programs within a category.
  • Ensure consistent style aesthetic intent and construction from vendor to vendor on like styles.
  • Owns escalating issues when and where appropriate with supporting facts, root cause and possible solutions.
  • Own product Risk Assessment in partnership with QA partners prior to bulk production and ensure correct action plans are taken where necessary.
  • Travel to regional sourcing offices/factories and work with technical teams to calibrate, train, educate, and understand factory capabilities. 
  • Track workload efficiently to meet individual deadlines and pull reporting from PLM  when needed.
  • Support other team members when needed.
  • E- mail, phone and video conference communication with sourcing offices and suppliers.
  • Attend WIP meetings & seasonal line reviews
  • Attend handoffs for Bulk after open to buy meetings.

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

  • 6+ years in Technical Design
  • Experience in patternmaking, grading, sewing, construction and fit for multiple categories.
  • Ability to successfully oversee a basic category while making product quality and seasonal deliverables a priority.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven organizational skills and ability managing competing priorities.
  • Strong sense of urgency, attention to details & resourcefulness
  • Responsible and accountable
  • Ability to proactively problem solve
  • Knowledge of 3D programs a plus
  • Computer Skills:  Proficiency in computer pattern programs, computer spec writing programs such as Gerber, PLM, Adobe Illustrator, MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS Word

AS - Product Engineer (Garment Technician) - India Sourcing Office