Design Manager/Head of Design - South Coast -Maternity cover 18 months

Design Manager/Head of Design - South Coast -Maternity cover 18 months

£ dependent on Experience
REF: 10778 2AA

Job Description

Design Manager / Head of Design – South Coast – Fixed Term Maternity Cover 18 months

This is a great opportunity for senior designer/design manager looking to work with one of the UK fastest growing lifestyle brands.  If you share a passion for designing great product that takes its influence from incredible outdoor surroundings, beach or countryside, this position could be for you. The ideal candidate will be from a strong womenswear design background.

Design Manager / Head of Design – The Job Opportunity

  • Responsible for the design and development of the womens/menswear range of clothing and accessories that will involve:
  • Managing the critical path to ensure that design and sampling deadlines are met
  • Working closely with Director to plan the creative and print direction of the brand
  • Trend and competitor research including tradeshow visits and comp shops
  • Briefing the design team with on daily/weekly workload, targets and deadlines
  • Range planning and presentation of ranges for sign off
  • Maintaining strong relationships with suppliers including overseas travel for fabric and sample development
  • Sourcing new suppliers and factories
  • Responsible for designing the ladieswear category, requiring ‘hands on’ design skills
  • Overseeing the design of menswear, accessories, outerwear and print/graphic ranges
  • Completing detailed tech packs
  • Negotiating and agreeing prices with suppliers including price range reviews
  • Commenting on samples from first proto through to photosample including fit reviews
  • Working with the marketing on the seasonal catalogue and photoshoot

Design Manager / Head of Design – The Person Specification

  • Previous experience at senior designer level or design manager level, ideally with strength in womenswear, preferably from a lifestyle, or outdoor pursuits branded background
  • Enthusiastic, creative individual who shares the brand values, ability to translate trends, and inspires those around them
  • Knowledge of sourcing new suppliers, alternative source of supply and negotiation skills
  • Well organised, takes ownership and accountability, and to manage the critical path process from concept to sampling
  • Confident presentation skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite (illustrator) and Microsoft Office
  • Excellent communication skill
  • Ability to work with people in a non-corporate environment, managing a team of 4 designers
  • A great team player!
  • Must be able to travel UK and abroad as required

CVs without accompanying relevant artwork will not be considered.

Please submit via email a CV and a covering letter in a word document format stating current salary, together with separate examples of your design work in a PDF format (max. 5MB) to –

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We regret that due to the high amount of interest that we receive for each of our vacancies, if you do not hear from one of our consultants within 5 days then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for this role.

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