Designer-12 month fixed term contract
Designer: 12 month fixed term contract
Responsible to :
Head of Own Brand
JD Sports Fashion plc, Edinburgh House Hollinsbrook way, Pilsworth, Bury, BL9 8RR
Dependant on Experience
- To design and develop product area, as directed by Head of Department.
- To continually be aware of market trends both internally (within JD Group) and externally (competition)
- To visit JD Stores on a regular basis.
- To take responsibility for the performance of his/her designed range.
- Be aware of new factories and their techniques (i.e. new washes, print or embroidery techniques)
- Work in partnership with Graphic Designer and Development Team
- To visit Trade Shows and retail both within the UK and overseas to gain an overview of future trends.
- Work in conjunction with Graphic Designer on Tech Pack, which is then handed over to Developer to enable factories to produce accurate prototypes and costings.
- To take responsibility for the overall fit and finish of prototype samples with Developer before style goes into production.
- Present detailed line art of ranges to the nominated Buyer, once in receipt of design brief (from Dept. Head), whilst also constantly updating any winning styles on a weekly basis, using Sales information.
- Work with marketing on styling suggestions for any marketing/advertising material, by presenting tear sheets /mood boards.
- Delegate work to any junior designers or student placements, so that they can gain work experience.
- Visit factories where appropriate to keep up with manufacturing techniques.
- Use trend prediction agencies such as WGSN to propose colour palettes etc.
- To work within the critical path when possible to improve lead times
- Constantly update visual aids to buyer, management , marketing , merchandising and retail to ensure everyone is aware of monthly product drops.
- Design experience with either a major brand or importer supplying High St. retail is essential.
- Knowledge/experience of PLM is an advantage.
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