Technical Designer - Childrenswear -12 Mth FTC

Date: 8 Feb 2024

Location: Mulgrave, VIC, AU

Company: kmartaustr

Brighter Futures Start Here


As Australia’s biggest and most loved retailer, we’ve been brightening up everyday life for families for over 50 years. At our stores, distribution centres, and offices in Australia and New Zealand. All around the globe. Our diverse and inclusive 47,000 strong team come together for a common cause. Giving families easy access to our on-trend products and incredibly low prices – it’s the heart of everything we do.

As a leader in the retail market, we’re optimistic about our future and yours. We’re relentless in our pursuit for results, but changing at a rapid rate, giving you challenging work that you’ll be proud of. We celebrate your uniqueness and individuality. Because at Kmart it’s not just what you do, it’s who you are that makes every day living brighter.


What you’ll be doing:


Due to an exciting secondment opportunity, we are looking for an amazing Technical Designer to join our Kidswear team for an initial 12 month period.


As our new Apparel Technical Designer, you will lead the day to day operational & performance of technical fit and Prototype development within our Childrenswear category. You will do this by being responsible for providing a technical support function – providing a high level of technical advice & expertise to support the Better Product Kmart Strategy.


This is an exciting time to join our small & supportive team (with great internal processes and systems) as we start to embrace 3D technology!


Some of the key responsibilities are (but not limited to):


  • Work closely to support our Apparel Technical Design Lead & ensure any business critical topics are raised in a timely manner
  • Partner with Design teams and Merch to develop Kmart products in alignment with production standards, product aesthetics and brand DNA.
  • Liaise with KAS Product Technologists to support through the sample approval process
  • Partner with Design team on prototype/production tech pack development
  • Partner with KAS 3D teams to deliver best in class patterns to deliver the Kmart Better Product Strategy

To be successful in this role:


We're looking for an analytical, and proactive team member who will bring an agile & practical mind-set as well as a passion for all things Retail! You love sharing your technical expertise within apparel, customers are always front of mind and building and managing relationships with a variety of key stakeholders is one of your strengths. We'd also love you to have:


  • Proven experience within Babywear and Kidswear – ideally within a big box retail environment
  • Extensive hands-on experience within apparel product development, manufacturing processes and supplier management
  • Strong knowledge with Technical Safety and compliance guidelines for Australia and New Zealand
  • Product development and approval experience within a retailer or sourcing office
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Experience with developing and implementing product improvement processes
  • Proven experience in fitting, sizing and Tech Pack creation within Kidswear
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Knowledge in pattern making with some experience on digital patterns is preferred
  • Qualifications in Pattern Making, Pattern Grading, Garment Construction, Garment Production or similar or 3D pattern making is highly regarded


We understand not everyone will have experience with 3D technology so training and support will definitely be provided. An exciting opportunity to grow your skillset!


If you have a hunger to learn and grow in this role, then we’d love to hear from you!


Benefits we’ll offer you:


  • Flexible hybrid working options through our Flex Where, Flex When, Flex Well policy, spending 60% of your week in our National Office
  • A team member discount card that gives you a discount at Kmart, Target, Bunnings, and Officeworks
  • A free OnePass membership offering free delivery across Kmart, Target & Catch on eligible products
  • Access to the Kmart for You benefits program which entitles you to exclusive discounts and benefits in the areas of entertainment, travel, lifestyle, and health – with over 60 suppliers!
  • We want you to feel rewarded for your commitment and hard work that's why everyone gets the opportunity to participate in a bonus program
  • Free onsite parking when you’re required to come into the office
  • We offer inclusive parental leave, a family room and ongoing support offered though our partnership with Circle In for team members of all backgrounds and family circumstances
  • A dynamic learning and support program
  • Opportunity to fast track your career through our Mentor Program as a Mentee or Mentor
  • In-house café that serves breakfast, lunch and includes a collaborative space to work in
  • A reflection room that can be used for prayer, meditation, or time for you
  • A Kudos recognition program, where you are nominated by your peers to spin a wheel, to win a stack of cool prizes
  • Regular product sample sales with loads of discounted items to purchase
  • Wesfarmers is Kmart’s parent company and each year eligible employees can elect to purchase shares through a salary sacrifice arrangement
  • Great career opportunities across the broader Wesfarmers Group


We’re here to make everyday living brighter


From humble beginnings in Burwood East, Victoria, in 1969, we’re now an essential part of 300 communities, and proud of it! From bedding to apparel to kitchenware and beyond. We’re designing and creating the products people reach for every day. In-store, online, or Click & Collect – getting the products we love into the hands of happy customers is what we aim to do best. From the remote outback to coastal towns and big cities, and everywhere in-between. We’re progressive in our pursuit to create seamless customer journeys for satisfied shoppers.

A place you can belong


At Kmart, we celebrate the rich diversity of the communities in which we operate and are committed to creating inclusive and safe environments where all our team members can contribute and succeed. We believe that all team members should feel valued, respected and safe irrespective of your gender, ethnicity, indigeneity, religious beliefs, education, age, disability, family responsibilities, sexual orientation and gender identity and we encourage applications from all candidates.

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be their best, when applying for a role or working at Kmart. We encourage you to tell us about any workplace adjustments that you would like, by emailing

If you would like to explore a career with Kmart and this sounds like the perfect role for you – apply now!

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant.