Head of Design, Trainers

Recruiter
Confidential employer
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
£90,000 - £120,000 per annum
Posted
01 Feb 2019
Closes
01 Mar 2019
Sectors
Retail
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
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

Contact:

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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