We are delighted to be working with this highly successful supplier to major UK high fashion retailers. They are looking for a Jersey Head of Design who will be responsible for not only developing products but will also be selling to major retailers and supermarkets. You will be working with a large team of designers and will also be recruiting a new team to work with you across other product areas to meet the demands of new customers you work with.
This role is reporting directly to the MD but allows for autonomy and someone who can lead and inspire a team as well as being hands-on. You will have full involvement with meeting buyers and developing ranges to meet the client's specific brief.
A strong commercial supplier or retail background is required along. You should have a commercial eye, excellent communication skills, and be confident with presenting to Buyers at all levels.
Main Duties and responsibilities will include
- Complete trend research, design and develop ranges working with the overseas factories and present and sell the ranges to the customers.
- Work closely and liaise with factories primarily in Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania
- Ability to create bestselling ranges and be hands-on with trends
- Responsible for recruiting a team to work alongside you to support new customers
- Set up and attend meetings with buyers with retailers and supermarkets
- Required to work in a fast-paced environment, high volume design/development
- Sourcing of new fabrics and trims
Person Specifications :
- Design experience within ladies Jersey wear, childrenswear is advantageous but not essential
- Previous supplier or retail background
- Connections with buyers from large retailers or supermarkets
- Strong knowledge of Turkey production
- Good understanding of garment costing
- Demonstrate longevity in your design career
- Some management experience is highly preferential
- Excellent communication at all levels along with, time management and organisational skills
- Ability to present and work alongside other senior heads of within the business