Careers at Mata Traders

At Mata Traders, we believe in fostering creativity and celebrating the beauty of each and every person's diverse experiences. We are a design-driven team fighting global poverty through fair trade. A small but mighty group, we are collaborative and industrious. From brainstorming ways to solve complex problems to picking our favorite dress designs of the season, it's all about working together and supporting one another. There is a lot to get done, so be ready to roll-up your sleeves and help a teammate out. Let's fashion a better world together!

Full-Time Positions

Technical Designer


The Technical Designer will work within the Design & Production department to ensure all apparel designs translate into successful garment production. The Technical Designer is responsible for the production of two (or more) apparel collections annually. This includes input on textile selection, development of initial size charts, and creation of graded measurement charts and tech packs. The Technical Designer will lead the department’s evaluation of fit, construction, and measurements for initial sampling through MP samples. The Technical Designer is also responsible for communicating with producers in India and Nepal, all textile and garment testing, and executing quality control.


  • Knowledge of fabrics, fit, and pattern grading
  • An understanding of apparel construction
  • Experience fitting on live models
  • Experience working with overseas manufacturers, preferably in India and/or Nepal
  • Familiarity with Excel, Dropbox, Google suite, and Adobe suite, incl Illustrator
  • Knowledge, experience or interest in fair trade and/or sustainable production standards and initiatives in the apparel industry
  • Knowledge, experience or interest in traditional Indian textiles production


  • Develop initial sampling and graded measurement charts for all sizes
  • Review initial size set samples for measurement, construction, and fit (as necessary) and provide feedback to groups (pattern/spec changes, construction changes, etc.)
  • Create production spec tech packs for each style, including QC callouts, packaging, and embroidery
  • Monitor entire sampling process, incl timeline, measurements, stitching evaluations, and producer group feedback, and schedule fittings
  • Receive, evaluate, and communicate feedback and approvals for all production fabrics
  • Measure and evaluate PP/MP samples as they come in, schedule fittings and communicate final feedback and approval to producer groups
  • Coordinate dispatch inspections with producers and Agent
  • Complete all apparel quality control

Working Hours

Full-time, exempt position. Normal office hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Expanded hours and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends, as occasional communications with India and Nepal might be necessary during busy times. International travel when appropriate.

Location Description

Mata Traders office and warehouse is located in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.

Internship Positions

None Available at This Time

Volunteer Positions

Quality Control & Warehouse Sale Volunteers

During our busiest times of the year, we seek quality control and warehouse sale volunteers on a short-term basis. If you are local to Chicago and want to help in exchange for free Mata product, this is the gig for you. Contact for further information.