Executive vacancies

Date Posted
Ref.SJM762
Job TitleCreative Director (Mywalit)
LocationWatford

Role Objective:


To create, design, develop & deliver inspirational product ranges to further enhance Mywalit’s growing reputation and market share in order to exceed financial performance targets set for the next 3 -5 years and thus to enable exit opportunities for the current owners.


Key Responsibilities:

 


  • Work in close collaboration with the founders to fully understand
    the current design & commercial strategy and agree priorities in the
    immediate term for the next season’s range and on-going refine and develop
    strategy for the future.

  • Take a leading role to implement a formal design process 

  • Evaluate current range performance by SKU & by market to determine future range and design decisions (style, trend & colourway etc.)

  • Research & produce seasonal trend predictions, colour shapes, material combinations to deliver exciting, directional, commercial and on-profile product ranges

  • Visit factories in Thailand & China when required to understand future capacity as well as ensuring current range quality standards are being achieved. Evaluate other supply such as India   

  • Lead the sourcing & negotiation of leathers and other essential product components

  • Lead the design process from concept to finished product for both existing ranges and those with high growth potential e.g. handbags, gloves, belts   

  • Work in close collaboration with Italian colleagues making regularvisits to Lucca to coordinate & align new design concepts to ensure buy-in

  • Manage & develop the existing product designer and build a small team of additional
    designers as the business requires

  • Continually measure and evaluate range performance and build a knowledge base to assist future decisions

  • Build partnership relationships with key stakeholders in the business

  • Undertake additional duties as required to grow the business

  • Provide Quarterly reviews to the Group Managing Director



Ideal candidate Profile:

  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience designing leather fashion goods/accessories including responsibility for range & colourway
  • Excellent knowledge of the design process and its implementation   
  • Experience in sourcing and negotiating price/quality for materials

  • Experience of and exposure to the manufacturing process re: quality and timescales 

  • Experience of leading, managing & developing a team would be advantageous

  • Experience of working in international markets would be advantageous   

 

Key Competencies & behaviours


  • Excellent technical drawing & design capability
  • Strong creative thinking with natural intuition for fashion trends

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills – adaptable to different audiences

  • Strong relationship builder
          
  • International mind set
  • Pragmatic – demonstrates realistic down to earth approach

  • A passion for fashion brand and retail



 

 

 



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