I am looking for a Knitwear Designer to join an exciting supplier to the UK high street, working across a wide range of interesting customers. They also has their own brand which retails in a number of retailers and independent boutiques.
This role is actually to design across a range of knitted accessories – hats, scarves, gloves etc. for customers such as Accessorize, Oasis, Miss Guided, Next and Bon Marche. The product is beautiful and there is a big emphasis on trend analysis and keeping a close eye on the catwalks etc, with trend trips overseas being part of the role.
A background in accessories isn’t essential – I just need a talented, creative knitwear designer with good commerciality and an openness to learn a new product.
Will also consider candidates from a varying levels of experience.
Knitwear Designer – The Role
- This role is focused on designing exciting, knitted accessories for an impressive list of customers, while developing customer relationships through meetings and visits.
- Maintain and build relationships with customers, colleagues and suppliers.
- Trend-watch: research and communicate the latest trends across the business and to customers.
- Work closely with the Head Designer and Key Account Managers to provide exceptional design work for our customers.
- Design product ranges, providing CADs, mood boards and sketches.
- Travel to the Far East on sourcing and development trips where necessary.
- Travel worldwide on comp shops, ensuring that return on company expenditure is maximised and that all follow-up documentation is completed.
- Provide a shared design resource to the business whenever required.
- Set an impeccable standard for the business and lead by example.
Knitwear Designer – The Person
- Applicants must be commercially aware and proactive with outstanding communication skills and strong knitwear design experience.
- CAD/freehand skills - Applicants should be confident users of Illustrator and Photoshop, and CAD skills are essential.
- Experience of using knitwear design system Shima would be beneficial but isn’t essential.
- Experience of presenting in internal and external Trend Presentation and CAD reviews.
- Ideal candidate will have experience of managing multiple accounts in terms of design, in a fast paced creative environment.
- Excellent time-management skills are vital.
- Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
- Able to travel in UK and Internationally.
- Due to office location candidates would ideally be able to drive with own car.
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