Associate Technical Designer (Maternity Coverage)


Our story is about people’s connection with nature and with each other.  We make beautiful, premium products using nature’s miracle fibre, Merino.  Our products inspire people to get outside and have adventures in nature. Sound like you?

Based in Portland, Oregon, the Associate Technical Designer (Maternity Cover) is a key part of the Product Development team. Our current team member will be off for 3 months so we are looking for someone like you to fill these shoes for approximately 15 weeks. You will work with the Technical Design Manager applying technical knowledge related to product fit, patterns, and construction to provide tools and guidance to successfully execute the seasonal product line goals. This is a great opportunity  to take on a short term contract to cover a maternity leave and experience a new team and fascinating new materials.

What your Resume says:

  • 3+ years of deep experience in patternmaking and fit
  • Experience in cut-and-sew knits, activewear, outerwear across mens` / womens`categories
  • A trained eye for proportion and balance as well as aesthetic detail
  • Knowledge of garment construction, grading and manufacturing process
  • Proficiency with Optitex
  • Experience with a web-based PLM system

What you rock at: 

  • Working with a high level of detail and accuracy
  • Working independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent time-management and organization with the ability to manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines
  • Learning quickly on the job
  • Following through and getting stuff done with quality.
  • Being organized, detailed, and having a good sense of initiative.
  • You are quick to recover from setbacks and don’t shy away from a challenge.

We are not a big corporate. We care about our relationships with nature and each other.

We are a fast moving, nimble business with limited resources – the people on our team are here because they want to make a difference and work hard and creatively to make that happen. We are not perfect, we have heaps of work to do. We like people who can think big and strategic and also get their hands dirty.

We’re a world leader in merino clothing and supply our outdoor, performance sport and active lifestyle ranges to more than 5,000 stores across 50 countries. We are headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, with our Product Design and eCom teams based in Portland and regional offices in Auckland, Vancouver and Munich.

If this opportunity feels like the type of job you’re passionate about, and it fits with your skills and experience, please click apply below to send us your Resume with a covering letter explaining why you’d be right for Icebreaker.

The recruitment of this position is being managed by Philippa Irvine, Talent Scout. For any queries, contact Philly directly on +64 21 564 691 or email

Product Development
Portland, OR