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L. L. Bean, Inc. CAD Designer in Freeport, Maine

We invite you to be part of our team of trailblazers dedicated to helping people discover and enjoy the outside. Come join us. Because on the inside we’re all outsiders. And if it’s outside, we’re all in.

L.L.Bean is currently seeking a CAD Designer to join our Product Creation Team

Position Purpose: Supports the graphic needs of all L.L. Bean divisions. Aligns with Designers (all levels) and counterparts throughout the Company in developing the appropriate graphic design processes, technological standards, and human resource requirements necessary to achieve sustainable and measurable results

Act as a design contact regarding the process of applying original artwork onto selected fabrics. Converts original print, placement, and icon artwork from graphic designers into production-ready data for mills and factories. Utilizes LLB's textile CAD and production software to create digital files that vendors can immediately use for production setup, eliminating errors, poor communication, and high strike-off rejections. Partners with Designers, Supply Chain, mills, and vendors to ensure that handoffs meet requirements of specific production environment. Troubleshoots all issues that inhibit successful production of artwork. Coordinates and maintains departmental documentation, tracking and vendor inventories.

Responsibilities

  • Research and report on emerging print and textile trend direction

  • Remain aware of industry best practice

  • Create & execute production ready print/pattern CADs for all categories, and production ready CADs for graphics

  • Responsible for the successful translation of product design concepts into production ready handoffs to LLB suppliers, vendors, and key internal partners

  • With direction, works with external Design vendors to identify ready-made print/pattern designs to support Design concept for each season

  • Attend meetings with cross functional team

  • Provides support/direction to Assistant/Associate team members in development and application of CAD techniques

  • Creates the directional print/pattern CADs for Line Kickoff

  • Updates CADS due to changes for Line Adopt

  • Creates/Maintains CAD Request briefs and Production briefs, Filing structure

  • Assists in development of department standards

  • May delegate, mentor, lead, and supervisor others

  • Attend seasonal print shows, and print supplier archives

  • Attend and oversee print vendors and set up seasonal meetings

  • Other duties as assigned

Every employee is responsible for contributing to a safe and healthy workplace. Employees are expected to be active participants in health and safety by following all safety policies and procedures, reporting unsafe conditions or at-risk behaviors to leadership, and conducting work in a safe manner. Those in a leadership role are also expected to model safe behaviors, evaluate risk, and ensure that risks are reduced to acceptable levels.

Skills & Qualifications

  • BA/BA required. Textiles, fashion, or art preferred

  • 3-5 years of relevant experience required

  • Applies high level aesthetic and taste level in unique and innovative ways while remaining L.L.Bean

  • Strong artistic competence

  • Facilitates cross functional communications

  • Honed writing skills

  • Solicits input and applies expertise to influence decisions

  • Build collaborative relationships to support positive outcomes

  • Advocates for ideas while remaining open to others

  • Shows emerging leadership skills

  • Strong technology and systems skills – Adobe Creative Cloud, NED Graphics, Color Match Software

  • Passion for art and design

  • Good organizational skills

  • Excellent color sense and color matching skills

If you care about the outdoors, joining L.L.Bean is a great way to feel good about what you do. Our benefits package makes a good thing even better, with programs and perks designed to support your health and financial goals. Plus, maintaining a healthy work-life balance and re-charging outside are all part of the plan. Because, when it comes to the outside—we’re all in. Visit llbeancareers.com to learn more.

Being outside brings out the best in us, no matter where we come from or what we believe. At L.L.Bean, we value individual differences and encourage our co-workers to be themselves – because the uniqueness of each individual makes L.L.Bean better.

Over a century ago, company founder Leon Leonwood Bean set out to make a boot to keep hunters’ feet warm and dry. Today, we continue to follow the trail he blazed, adding new paths to help more people discover the outdoors, whether it’s the thrill of sea kayaking, the quiet of early morning fishing or the vigor of a challenging climb. Of course, we remain true to L.L.’s core values, and are committed to quality, service, and putting the outside, inside everything we make. So join us, adventure awaits…

Being outside brings out the best in us, no matter where we come from or what we believe. At L.L.Bean, we value individual differences and encourage our co-workers to be themselves – because the uniqueness of each individual makes L.L.Bean better.

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