Design Director

Location
London (Greater)
Salary
Excellent salary and benefits package commensurate with experience
Posted
13 Apr 2018
Closes
11 May 2018
Function
Design
Sector
Footwear
Job Type
Permanent
Level
Director

Job Type: Design Director - Footwear                                    

Salary: Excellent salary and benefits package commensurate with experience

Location: London

Sector/Industry: Fashion

Are you an experienced Design Director/ Head of Design looking for an opportunity to lead the direction of a well-known brand? Are you passionate about lifestyle footwear? If so, please read on!

The business are a global group with recognisable brands as part of their portfolio and a well-known heritage. They are now looking for a Design Director to lead, direct and coach the lifestyle design team and development teams and manage product development resources.

As Design Director, you will manage a team of Senior Designers and freelancers, to research, design and develop market appropriate footwear across all categories.

The role encompasses the following responsibilities:

  • Work with Global Product to set seasonal vision and seasonal line strategy
  • Interpret seasonal trends and filter these through the brand DNA
  • Interact with Product team and Material team to direct material seasonal needs
  • Create seasonal colour palettes in collaboration with the product team
  • Work with advanced concepts team to share new designs and innovations, alongside the latest PDM 3D designs
  • Work with development to ensure product ideation is brought to life, and ensure that patterns, construction and outsole blueprints are in line with factories for overseas production
  • Partner with Marketing team to collaborate on seasonal stories and inform all key selling features and benefits of finished product
  • Establish and continually use effective communication channels to ensure the team is kept aware of all relevant product and business issues

Successful candidates:

  • You will be an experienced Design Director or Head of Design, with a strong background in Footwear design
  • Excellent man management skills, able to motivate, develop and inspire a team
  • Knowledge of footwear shoemaking – constructions, materials and usages
  • Working knowledge of shoe components and materials (especially leather), fitting processes and requirements, sole moulding and mould making
  • Appreciation of design proportions and aesthetic requirements
  • Experience in shoe sample rooms and development facilities
  • Must have CAD/Adobe experience
  • Excellent communication, people and interpersonal skills
  • Able to present to people at all levels

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Design Director/ Head of Design looking to make the next step in their career and lead a team of passionate designers across a fantastic brand. To apply, please contact Rebecca Ward at The Advocate Group directly, or click the apply button to send a copy of your CV and portfolio.

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