Thule Inc, Niwot

Thule Group is world leader in products that make it easy to bring along the things you care for – easily, securely and in style – when living an active life. Under the motto Active Life, Simplified. we offer products within Sport&Cargo Carriers (roof racks, roof boxes and carriers for transporting cycling, water and winter equipment by car), Packs, Bags & Luggage (e.g. computer and camera bags, luggage and hiking backpacks), RV Products (awnings, bike carriers and tents for motorhomes and caravans) and Active with Kids (bike trailers, strollers and child bike seats).

Thule Group has approximately 2,200 employees at 9 production facilities and 35 sales offices worldwide. Its products are sold in more than 140 markets and sales in 2017 amounted to SEK 5.9 billion.

The Prototype Maker / Sewer will create sewn prototypes and mock ups samples based on Product Design and Product Development requests.


  • Develop sample patterns using AutoCAD software and facilitate sharing of the patterns with 3rd party factories during the product development process.
  • Cut required materials and sew full/partial prototype bag samples as needed to solve development issues, design questions or function challenges.
  • High level skill in both pattern making and sewing required for this position as it’s a one person shop, so candidate must have both skills sets to be successful.
  • Create bills of material (BOM) and sewing time estimates as needed to ensure product designs can meet target costs.
  • Work closely with design/development departments to maximize design for manufacturing (DFM) allowing the best product, with fewest defects to be produced at the lowest cost.
  • Manage a sample development schedule and prioritize according to changing needs of design/development departments.
  • Maintain a stock of supplies (fabric, zippers, webbings, foams, Velcro, trims, etc.) to allow for immediate sample making when requests arise.
  • Oversee the maintenance of sample room equipment as needed for sample making. 


  • 5+ years of outstanding pattern making and sewing skills. Must be capable of production quality pattern making and sewing.
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent required, Bachelors Design, Manufacturing or CAD helpful, but not required.
  • 5+ Years of experience developing cut and sew bags, packs or luggage including pattern making and sewing.
  • Solid knowledge Adobe Illustrator, auto CAD, Lectra or other patterning software required. 
  • Strong In-depth knowledge of cut and sew, strong communication skills, and must be EXTREMELY detail oriented. 
  • Language skills in Vietnamese, Tagalog, Mandarin or Cantonese beneficial, but not required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer; Gender/Minority/Veteran/Disabled.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Unknown
Number of positions 1
City Niwot
Country United States
Reference number 2017/65
Published 04.Apr.2017
Last application date 13.Jul.2017 11:59 PM CET