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Susan Stewart

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Designer, Developer & Merchandising Manager with 5 years of diverse experience in the retail garment industry. I understand the full process from concept to in-store and am aware of my contribution in providing quality results in all aspects of the role.

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  • Category

    Apparel
  • Market Segments

    Womens
    Mens
  • Availability

    Freelance
    Permanent
  • Hourly Rate

    40 (neg.)
  • Relocation

    Yes
  • Technologies

    Illustrator
    WebPDM
    Gerber
    Photoshop
    InDesign
    U4ia
  • Schools/Training

    Fashion Institute of Technology
    Champlain College

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EXPERIENCE___________________________________________________________

BURTON SNOWBOARDS 2004 - 2007 & 2009 - Present
Burlington, VT
Outerwear Designer (2011 - Present)
• Created design sketches and technical specification packages on Adobe Illustrator for hand-off to Product Development and Technical Design teams.
• Created design boards for buy-in presentations with Senior Management and internal/external partners.
• Assisted with the design & placement of trims and logos.
• Worked with Fabric team to research, design and develop materials.
• Partnered with Design, Product Development and Technical Design team to issue formal proto comments and update sketches.

Product Line Merchandiser – Outerwear & Apparel (2009 - Present)
• Responsible for the overall strategic direction of The Program* brands (Four Square and Special Blend) which encompass merchandising direction and development management for all Mens & Womens outerwear and apparel (inc. wovens, knits & sweaters).
• Part of a breakthrough team that took the brands from a 5+ year debt to profit within the first fiscal year.
• Managed US & Asia Development teams from inception to final production to ensure quality and on-time delivery.
• Decreased unproductive categories by 27%, increasing overall productivity by 28% YOY.
• Negotiated all buys and managed bills of materials to increase gross margin by 5% YOY.
• Communicated brand directives and present a complete and focused assortment each season to Global Sales and Key Accounts (includes frequent domestic and international travel).

Assistant Product Manager – Womens Apparel (2006 - 2007)
• Organized and maintained the development & production for knits, wovens & sweaters.
• Worked directly with garment factories and fabric mills throughout Asia.
• Collaborated with Design team to create and hand-off production ready tech packs.

Sales Assistant (2005 - 2006)
Intern – Mens Outerwear (Summer 2004)

ROME DESIGN SYNDICATE 2007-2009
Waterbury, VT
Designer / Developer – Outerwear
• YOY sales increased by 67%; increasing our market share in North America by 32.5%
• Planned, organized and maintained the design, development and production to optimize profit and meet marketing, financial and corporate growth objectives for a start-up Men’s and Women’s outerwear program.
• Restructured the outerwear division; from establishing a vendor base to creating a functional design & development team for higher productivity, efficiency and profitability.

GAP INC. – BANANA REPUBLIC 2004 - 2005
Huntington Station, NY
Assistant Visual Merchandiser
• Assisted with the execution and maintenance of seasonal floor plans and in-store visual merchandising for window displays.

EDUCATION_____________________________________________________________

COACHING CENTER OF VERMONT 2010
Winnoski, VT
Vital Business: Business Coaching for Leaders & Managers
• Limited to 20 spots a year, this is a referral-only program paid for by Burton Snowboards for the investment of key employees.

CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE 2007
Burlington, VT
Professional Certificate in Multimedia & Graphic Design: Print

FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, SUNY 2002 – 2006
New York, NY
BS Degree, Fashion Merchandising Management

SKILLS_____________________________________________________________
• Proficiency in Windows, Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, Powerpoint, PhotoShop, Illustrator, WebPDM, Quark, InDesign
• Working knowledge of Chinese (Mandarin)

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