An amazing and rare opportunity has arisen within a highly successful fashion accessories company for a Design Manager. This is a new role for the business and the chosen Design Manager will join the Management team, report directly to the Managing Director, and play a key role in the delivery of the Company’s objectives.
The successful applicant will design and build strong senior relationships with internal and external partners and manage the business’ team of designers working across multi-product categories (including cut and sew, knit, woven and printed accessories) for all genders.
Some of the main responsibilities for the Design Manager would include helping to deliver the business’ development and growth plans, completing and delivering strategies and budgets for the design function, working closely with the Head of Sales to grow both existing and new business, whilst focusing on new design initiatives and identifying improved ways of working.
The Design Manager will also be responsible for design related recruitment and training and development of the design team. Travelling will be a key part of this role both within the UK and to the Far East to develop relationships with the supply chain.
Applicants for the Design Manager role will have ideally designed soft accessories or a very similar product area including print, knit and wovens. They must have strong management skills, be commercially aware, an excellent communicator and able to work under pressure.
CAD literacy is required in both Photoshop and Illustrator. Experience in Apex Shima would be preferable but not essential.