Apparel Designer

About the Role:

We are looking for an experienced performance wear designer to join our team. The Apparel Designer’s primary responsibility will be to design world class technical, performance clothing. You will report to the Design Director and will work to develop new ideas and concepts, having the opportunity to drive the design of exciting new products to grow Montane’s apparel range. You will also assist the Garment and Product Technicians in the development of prototypes, seeing products through the creative process, from brief to production. Product performance and technology is at the heart of our brand, therefore we are looking for someone who has at least 3 years’ experience of successfully delivering in performance wear design.


As an Apparel Designer at Montane you will be responsible for:
  • Producing innovative and relevant design concepts to a set brief.
  • Working closely with the design team and the Design Director to execute seasonal plans.
  • Implementing and ensuring a coherent design language, aligned to the Montane design strategy.
  • Conducting research, analysing sales data and consumer insights to inform future thinking and build inspiring products for our customers.
  • Exploring new patterns and develop new construction techniques.
  • Creating detailed technical specifications and communicate these to factories.
  • Generating and managing detailed product BOM’s and size charts
  • Liaising with factories and suppliers on designs, construction, and technical specifications.
  • Ensuring product development tracks competently against a strict seasonal timeline.
  • Communicating with vendors and suppliers to source new components, materials, and trims.
  • Working closely with Garment and Product Technicians to develop styles and ensure consistency and commerciality of fit.
  • Working with the product testing team to develop new materials and products.
  • Competently presenting concepts and designs at key stage gates.
  • Assisting the Garment and Product Technicians to maintain consistent and relevant fit.
  • Working with the Materials Manager on seasonal material selection and application.
  • Assisting the Colour Designer with CAD’s, seasonal colour selection and application
  • Skills and Experience:

    You will have a degree in Industrial / Product Design (or similar) and will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in performance wear design. You must be highly creative, with a talent and passion for designing product that is fit for purpose, be well organised and have a keen active interest in the outdoors. You will also have:
  • A strong understanding of performance apparel.
  • An understanding of patterning and an ability to think three dimensionally.
  • Excellent creative skills.
  • A strong understanding of the design and development process.
  • An ability to adapt and problem solve through clear thinking.
  • A keen eye for detail.
  • Confidence working on soft goods - utilising fabrics, components, foams, and plastics.
  • Excellent visual presentation skills.
  • A high degree of planning and organisational skills.
  • A strong motivation to succeed.
  • An ability to work closely within a team.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Advanced knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Adobe Illustrator.
  • Competency with Microsoft office.
  • An interest and ability to travel internationally
  • Benefits:

  • Friendly and Supportive Team
  • Employer Pension Contributions
  • Work From Home Days
  • Core hours and flexible start and finish times
  • Early Friday Finish
  • Employee Discounts
  • Competitive Salary
  • About Montane Ltd:

    Montane is one of the fastest growing premium outdoor brands in Europe. We specialise in creating technical clothing, backpacks and accessories for fast-paced mountain sports, where design and performance are of the highest quality. We have a friendly, dynamic and ambitious team motivated by a love of the mountains and with a passion for producing exceptional products in line with our ‘Further. Faster.’ brand vision. We are represented in many territories around the world and have a head office in Northumberland and a showroom in the Lake District.

    Location: Ashington, Northumberland.
    Salary: Competitive, dependent on experience.
    Contract: Full Time , Permanent Role.

    Apply by submitting a CV and covering letter to

    Closing date for applications: 21st August 2022

    Please Note: If a good volume of suitable applicants are received, this vacancy might close before the date advertised, therefore please apply as soon as possible if you are interested in the role.

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