Pattern Room Manager (a)

Job Detail

  • Career Level Executive
  • Experience 8 Years +
  • Qualifications Diploma

Job Description

We are seeking a Pattern Room Manager.
To manage the Sales Person’s Sample (Salesman Sample:SMS) to production workflow taking over from Range Reviews for all samples for all client’s clothing in line with the seasonal critical path.

Processing SMS sample to PPS (Production Planning Scheduling) and PPS to bulk approval

In line with seasonal production schedules with guidance from Design Studio Director and Production Coordinators.

Pattern Making

·       Working on schedules from final SMS

·       Provide technical advice on construction and finishing techniques as and when required, in line with the Senior Designers’ expectations.

·       Work closely with patternmakers to achieve the best fit in line with the Senior Design Directors and Creative Director’s vision.

·       Implement building the company’s blocks in line with the Senior Design Directors and Creative Director for approval.

·       Oversee and implement marker-making processes for all samples and proto’s to be cut from.

·       Manage a Patternmaker WIP per style creating the life cycle of a pattern per season for all Zimmermann clothing.

·       Provide technical support and advice for all Patternmakers, junior garment techs, technical assistant and garment techs



Responsible for checking all fit models’ measurements to be in line with our measurements and to make patternmakers

Aware of any measurements that are not specific to the client’s standard measurement to prevent any fit issues.

Help roll out the Style Cad process with the Production and Ops Manager.

Implementing  a PLM System into the pattern room, along with staff training


Attend fittings in development and pre-production to monitor fit along with providing any constructive input to prevent any fit issues.

Review fit notes after each session and work with pattern makers to prioritize workload juggling fitting alterations with new styles.

Analise any fit issues with Designers and patternmakers providing the best solution for the best fit

Quality Assurance

Flag any inconsistencies between styles in fabric/trim groups to the design team.

Check lining quality and accessories used (e.g., zip teeth size) and flag with Design if a better alternative could be used.

Troubleshoot any performance concerns

Liaise with QA manager


Review production schedules from all teams and with input from Design Studio Director.

Work with pattern makers on best workflow to ensure the needs of both the design department and production department are met across all key seasonal deadlines.

Hold weekly meetings with production when the pre-production phase is at work

Manage pre-production WIP

SMS to PPS and PPS to Bulk in line with Production Cp


Take direction from Creative Director and Senior Designers on workflow for the Pattern Room working closely with the RTW Design Room Manager and Coordinator for Ready-to-Wear.

Closely work with pattern makers and senior designers on cutting directions for print and embroidery artworks.

Record these with the assistance of the design assistants for future production use.


A minimum of 10 years experience in a similar role working for a luxury brand presenting at least two Runway collections per year.

Hold a fashion design degree from a respected Australian or international institution and have achieved outstanding results.

Excellent technical knowledge and understanding of garment construction, fit, finish and pattern making across multi-product categories.

Computer skilled, particularly in Microsoft Office, Photoshop and Illustrator.


Gerber, Style Cad or Lectra computer patternmaking experience is required.

Able to combine creative and technical skills.

Work under pressure to tight deadlines.

Exceptionally well organized with the ability to problem-solve efficiently and work reactively to change.

Previous PLM (Product Lifestyle Management) experience

SMS to PPS is delivered on time according to the seasonal critical path, and in line with Creative Director’s expectations for quality.

Patternmakers’ workload is evenly balanced between proto sampling and production, meeting deadlines for both teams.

Quality issues are spotted early and corrected ahead of SMS proto sampling stage.

Runway collections are beautifully produced to the highest level of quality for each show season.

Patternmakers are developing the best fit in line with the company’s requirements

Salary neg.

Required skills