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Head of Design - Ladies Occasion wear

Job Title: Head of Design - Ladies Occasion wear
Contract Type: Full Time
Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester
Salary: £55000 - £60000 per annum
REF: 3149_1616412954
Contact Name: Georgia Hanley
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Job Published: over 1 year ago

Job Description

I'm thrilled to be representing a wonderful luxury womens ready to wear brand based in Manchester looking for a Head of Design. This brand celebrates empowering their customer with their statement designs, finest quality materials and exceptional craftsmanship to last and love a lifetime. I'm seeking a someone with a background in Occasion and eveningwear design.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Working closely with the Creative Director, lead the design of all product collections from initial concept to finished product.
  • Generating fresh ideas and creating strong collections of high-quality product ranges throughout the year to our market to drive revenues.
  • Managing budgets to hit targets working to tight deadlines.
  • Keeping up to date with fashion trends with a strong commercial awareness always.
  • Leading the product team and supporting the brand creatively.
  • Establishing a strong, cohesive brand identity and expression in communication - in product, photoshoots, marketing and packaging in the physical and digital world.
  • Analysing data on sales and returns with a commercial mindset always.
  • Recruit, train, develop, lead and motivate a team to ensure that the business and segment objectives are met.
  • Researching and identifying key trends.
  • Responsible for presenting trends, mood boards and ranges to the Creative Director and Managing Director.
  • Design commercial cohesive ranges in a rapid paced and energetic environment.
  • Liaise with our factories to ensure ranges/styles are executed correctly.
  • Working with the product team to produce accurate and detailed CAD drawings for sampling.
  • Identify new product opportunities to support the growth and expansion of the business.

Person specification:

  • 5+ years of proven success at a senior level with a product / creative role in the fashion industry in womenswear.
  • 10+ years of fashion design experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of the manufacturing process and raw materials to develop samples and ranges effectively and to cost.
  • Experience of working with the Far East and European countries including visiting suppliers.
  • Confidence in range development with a strong ability to predict fashion trends.
  • Excellent knowledge of garment construction and manufacturing processes.
  • The ability to produce accurate and detailed spec working drawings suitable for manufacturers to understand.
  • Highly creative with excellent commercial awareness with the ability to recognise future trends.
  • The confidence and ability to make decisions under pressure.
  • Strong experience in leading a product and creative team and the confidence to establish creative direction within a company.
  • Excellent communication skills to provide clear direction and leadership on creative concepts visually and verbally.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects from concept to launch.