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Head of Design - Partywear

Job Title: Head of Design - Partywear
Contract Type: Full Time
Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester
Salary: £60000 - £65000 per annum
REF: 3178_1618913824
Contact Name: Shelley Pinto
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Job Published: over 1 year ago

Job Description

We are recruiting this fabulous role for a leading premium/ luxury women's 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 looking to recruit an experienced Head of Design or Senior designer who has excellent management skills with experience of managing a small design team of 4-5 people and a background in party/ occasionwear

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 in a similar role
  • Design experience within occasion/ eveningwear/ partywear essential
  • 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.
  • 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.