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Design Manager

Design Manager - Athleisure and Sportswear

Our client is a global buying house of apparel and accessories from Asia selling to retailers and brands in the U.S and Europe. Due to strong growth they are now seeking a Design Manager to lead and nurture their athleisure and sportswear design team. This is an expat position based in Bangladesh, responsible for managing a team of nearly 20 designers.

Purpose of the Role: 

  • Lead the design team for athleisure and sportswear products to generate cohesive stories and themes. 
  • To ensure the most effective use of talent to create competitive advantage from concept through to delivery.  
  • To ensure the development of commercial product ranges for customers


Leadership & Teams

  • Be the creative leader and partner to all stakeholders 
  • Set and guide creative direction for the categories including putting together option plan
  • Lead, train, hire, motivate design team to deliver high quality, customer focused design work
  • Attract, develop and retain talent
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of individuals and teams

Strategy & Development

  • Lead and implement the creative strategy across the various product areas in line with consumer preferences and overall business plan
  • Provide direction on seasonal requirements on fabrics, trims etc
  • Strategically partner with other business units (merchandising, production, development, sourcing)
  • Keep abreast of customer preferences, changes in style and trends to remain competitive in the market

Operation & Results

  • Coordinate and optimise the use of design resources 
  • Allocate and distribute projects and workload across design teams
  • Set design goals and articulate business metrics, and motivate teams to deliver results
  • Ensure consistently high quality of design work
  • Be aware of market trends across the major markets and business units
  • Ensure that the design teams provide trend-appropriate design concepts that meet market needs and drive sales
  • Set, manage and monitor the design team budget

Design Manager: The Candidate:

The ideal candidate is a Senior Designer/Design manager with strong athleisure/sportswear experience gained with a supplier/brand/retailer in the UK or Europe. 

You will have a global creative view and be able to translate all that into ideas for the team

You will be a leader with strong management experience. We are quite happy to consider senior designers who have management skills and are ready to step up to lead a bigger team.

While you are a Design Manager and you will be setting the creative strategy for your team, however you will be a designer at heart and be prepared to become hands on if needed.

You will be willing to relocate and live and work as an expat in Bangladesh


$4000-5000 / month (net of tax) plus expat benefits including housing, insurances, family flights, family visas, car plus driver, family membership at expat club, family repatriation at the end of contract.

Design Manager

Contract, Permanent
Experienced Non-Manager
Head of Department
Up to $5000 a month plus expat benefits including housing, insurances, family flights, family visas, car and driver, family membership at expat club, family repatriation at the end of contract

Published on 5 Aug 2022

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