Head of Design, Trainers

Confidential employer
London (Central), London (Greater)
£90,000 - £120,000 per annum
01 Feb 2019
01 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job title:                                  Head of Design, Trainers

Location:                                London, UK

Hours:                                    40 hours per week

Wage:                                     £90,000 - £120,000 per annum

Work Pattern:                      Monday – Friday

Employer:                              J.Choo Limited

Duration:                               Permanent only

Date advert posted:              1 February 2019

Closing date:                          1 March 2019


Key responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

  • being responsible for entire design process for both Women’s and Men’s Trainers according to the collection theme set by the Creative Director;
  • managing the development of innovative and directional product lines – presenting and sketching ideas for review by the Creative Director;
  • ensuring that product is relevant with market trends as well as business strategy; interpreting concepts and fashion trends as they relate to market demands and brand image;
  • being responsible for full design and material spec proposals;
  • researching global markets in order to identify new materials and techniques;
  • bring innovative developments in materials and technology in the urban footwear category;
  • partnering with Merchandising Department and the Product Development Team to fulfil and manage business requirements, collection development, timing and process;
  • partnering with the other Design teams (Women’s, Men’s and Accessories) to achieve alignment in selected design detail and key themes per collection;
  • providing insight regarding style of product during Edit Presentation;
  • conducting spec review sessions and final fitting prior production;
  • meeting independently with vendors and build strong external relationships with suppliers and vendors accordingly;
  • having absolute understanding of Jimmy Choo Design and Merchandising calendar identifying conflicts with Product Development timings and the Design Calendar; and
  • identifying opportunities for process improvement.

Criteria for selection

The candidate must possess the following attributes:

  • possess a fashion / design degree or equivalent work experience ideally in an international organisation;
  • have extensive relevant design experience in urban sport sector;
  • have experience on collaboration projects with streetwear influencers;
  • have relevant experience of working with a luxury urban sport label or reputable fashion brand with experience of trainer construction;
  • have knowledge of material innovation;
  • have relevant global factory and supplier experience;
  • have experience with managing and coaching junior designers;
  • be Urban Fashion, sports and “athleisure” orientated;
  • be flexible in approach in terms of work and hours;
  • have relevant industrial experience in Trainers sector especially “Designer Trainers”;
  • have knowledge of collection development process;
  • have relevant experience of leather goods, shoe materials and innovative technical materials relating to the urban sport sector;
  • be able to understand a ‘collection line plan’;
  • have a full understanding of trainer terminology;
  • be a team player and be able to collaborate and take direction from the Creative Director;
  • be able to communicate clearly with all levels;
  • have a desire to drive and achieve goals;
  • have in depth knowledge of silhouettes, fabrication, colour ways, techniques, constructions, leather and trim;
  • have the ability to set a creative tone and to inspire ideas/new concepts;
  • have the ability to conceptually visualise and build a ‘family’ per design idea both to simplify and to elevate;
  • have creativity and imagination;
  • have expert technical skills and knowledge of factory capability and supplier bases;
  • have flawless personal style and taste to represent the brand appropriately;
  • have a strong knowledge of the urban fashion and lifestyle marketplace and able to identify and spot industry trends;
  • be able to translate the Jimmy Choo aesthetic into appropriate product;
  • have excellent communication and people skills with the ability to interact with all levels of resources – internal and external – and build relationships;
  • have an excellent sense of style and colour;
  • have excellent organisational, time management and presentation skills;
  • have strong leadership skills;
  • have the ability to prioritise and work independently;
  • be willing to travel extensively; and
  • be adaptable and responsive to dealing with new category requests


Please apply online to this position. Applicants must provide their portfolios as well as their CVs as part of the application.

Date posted: 1 February 2019. Closing date: 1 March 2019.

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