Associate Product Technician

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About Ross Stores, Inc.

Since 1982, our focus has been on bringing our customers a constant stream of high quality brands and trends at extraordinary savings, while providing a fun and exciting treasure hunt experience. We believe in keeping things simple: no expensive signage, displays or fancy fixtures - to us, it's far more meaningful to pass greater savings on to our customers with on trend apparel, accessories, footwear, and home furnishings. With more than 1,800 stores, including Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS, we are the nation's largest off-price retail chain, and we continue to grow at a rate far outpacing traditional retail.

With corporate headquarters located in Dublin, CA, we have three buying offices positioned in key markets in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston, as well as six state-of-the-art distribution centers across the country. With FY2019 revenues of $16 billion, we are a Fortune 500, S&P 500, and Nasdaq 100 Company, committed to offering an inclusive, safe and positive workplace. Come see what's in store.

As part of the Ross family you will experience:
  • A respectful culture embedded with collaborative partnerships and humility
  • Opportunities to give back to your community through national charities, local volunteer initiatives, and our Ross Cares Fund
  • A significant investment in your career through extensive onboarding programs, continuous learning opportunities, ongoing development and the opportunity to work with engaged and knowledgeable industry leaders


Additional information is available at: https://jobs.rossstores.com/creative/about

About this opportunity ....

Product Technical Services (PTS) provides technical expertise throughout the buying process and educates Merchants on technical topics.

The Associate Product Technician, PTS, provides expert Technical support to the Merchants and PTS team by managing the day-to-day process. The ideal candidate has technical skills / knowledge (for Apparel or non-Apparel product) and high-level process management skills. The Associate Product Technician will:
  • Own the product review process for assigned product areas and exercise sound and independent judgement to ensure the product is consistent with the Merchant vision including fit, grading and construction standards / guidelines.
  • With the Product Technician, manage the review process for highly complicated product.
  • Manage periodic activities, including such as financial and operational analysis and Merchant trainings that are owned by the PTS team and help to drive productivity.


Own the Product Review process for designated product areas
  • Conduct product checks for designated categories / classifications of product. This includes using sound judgment and discretion on when to escalate issues to Product Technician.
  • Facilitate Merchant product reviews and provide suggested corrections and adjustments on product to ensure that Merchant's vision is achieved.
  • Track sample status and run status reporting; use judgement to follow up as needed to ensure timely reviews.
  • Provide technical product feedback / corrections to vendors and coach vendors on following sample procedures and processes (e.g., proper labeling) as needed.
  • As needed, support creation of basic tech packs for each style, collect relevant information for tech pack for manager's review, including fabric, labeling and construction details.


For more complicated Product Reviews, partner and support Product Technician
  • Support the Product Technician (for designated area) on the Product Review process for more complex product (track sample status, conduct vendor follow ups, provide feedback to vendors, coach vendors on procedures and processes).
  • Partner with manager and Fashion Office in providing expert advice to Merchants on any technical considerations / concerns resulting from current trend information.


Manage periodic activities owned by the PTS Team
  • conduct and support comprehensive competitive and/or internal analysis of fit, grading and construction guidelines by reviewing and analyzing reporting.
  • Facilitate ongoing trainings of Merchants on technical construction for their product area.
  • Train and guide Merchants on using fit forms to support the review of product as applicable.


QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Technical Design, Production Management, Product Management preferred or Bachelor's Degree and incremental certification or degree in Technical Design, Production Management, Product Management or equivalent experience.
  • 1- 4 years of technical design, product development, production management or equivalent experience.
  • Expert knowledge of materials, construction and production.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Perks and Benefits of joining our team....

Our Associates are at the heart of everything we do and we're proud to offer a range of benefits that reflect how much we value their contributions. Here's a peek into what you can expect as an eligible Ross Associate:
  • A broad range of affordable health insurance options*, 401(k) with employer match*, life insurance*
  • Ample PTO, paid holidays, and Summer Fridays, as well as the opportunity to purchase additional vacation*
  • Employee stock purchase plan*
  • Charitable donations matched by Ross Stores Foundation
  • Enhanced maternity and bonding leaves with 100% income replacement*
  • Parent support programs
  • And more....

* eligibility may vary based on level and tenure, subject to change