14 days ago
  • Level Mid Level
  • Professions Creative Design Manager
  • Type Full Time
  • Location London, United Kingdom

Description

Who We Are

We already know a thing or two about dressing men but that doesn’t stop us looking for new ways to drive the business forwards. Burton Menswear is full of passionate people who like to work hard and love what they do and we are always on the lookout for talented people, who want to make a difference.

The Role

The Design Manager will be an integral part of the Burton Menswear Management team, responsible for the creative product direction of the brand and overseeing the delivery of the range in partnership with the brand product teams. Working within the Management Team, you'll be contributing to the brand strategy and developing ways to build the brand, strengthen market position and increase profit.

Day To Day

  • Work as an integral part of the Burton Menswear Senior team, operates as a strategic business manager, overseeing the design team and their processes, demonstrating best practice
  • Own and deliver the critical path, ensuing all milestones are delivered on time
  • Build effective relationships and influences effectively at all levels to inspire and debate key issues in order to get the best commercial results
  • Demonstrate full ownership and responsibility for the output of the Design team at all times
  • Act as a brand ambassador who represents the brand externally with credibility, confidence and professionalism, ensuring positive outcomes for the brand in terms of profile and authority.
  • Ensure all seasonal design trends and direction is signed off with the Head of Buying
  • Lead ad hoc cross functional/brand-wide projects
  • Offer advice and helps find solutions to the wide range of issues encountered by the teams – acts as trouble-shooter
Maximise Design Performance
  • Act as the driving force behind the creative product direction of the brand
  • Provide strong and consistent product direction, owning the process of balancing the range to include development of seasonal key looks, fashion items and essential pieces appropriate for the Burton Menswear customer
  • Work closely with the Head of Buying, Creative Director & Head of Merchandising to generate and communicate key product direction and brand ‘handwriting’
  • Continuously critiques and develops new ideas to move the brand forward to stay ahead of the competition
  • Display an in-depth, customer-focused knowledge of market and trends
  • Contribute to the successful management of product-focused aspects of key events such Press Days
  • Drive PR through events in addition to Press Days
  • Regularly review processes within Design to continually drive improvements and ensure maximum efficiency and high performance
  • Manage the Design budget to deliver best value
Develop a High Performing Team
  • Motivate and develop the in-house design team; will have a good track record of leading and working within a high performing design and buying team
  • With the Management Team, define and communicate a clear vision of the future and translate this into understandable goals and targets
  • Provide positive leadership and support to the team
  • Support the brand strategy and encourage others to do so
  • Pre-empt the need for, and manages change, supporting teams throughout the process.
  • Build a strong team with a focus on succession planning
  • Deal with people issues promptly and appropriately
Communicates Effectively
  • Able to drive and influence effective communication between Design and all other brand functions to ensure key messages are communicated across the business
  • Co-ordinate events e.g. Press days, either organising or acting as the link between the relevant teams
  • Build and maintain a strong, varied network of contacts and communicates with all to achieve win-win situations
  • Present with authority and professionalism at all times
  • Tailor communication appropriately, providing clarity to key contacts

Must Haves

  • A genuine love of fashion and passion for our Brands
  • Previous management experience of driving sales in a retail environment
  • Strong understanding of how to use commercial tools to create a good balance between visual and commercial
  • Confident and clear communicator with the ability to build strong relationships and influence others
  • Engaging and motivating leadership style that empowers the team with the ability to give feedback and develop individuals
  • Adaptable and flexible in approach to work, and the ability to manage changing priorities

The Exciting Part

You get some great benefits for being part of the team. We offer great staff discount across all the Arcadia brands, which includes a discounted clothing allowance so you can stay up to date with the current trends. On top of that, you'll be enrolled into our company pension scheme, and be able to grow with support from our amazing development offer.
We regret, due to volume, only suitable applicants will be contacted.
You’ll find every Arcadia brand shares the same values. We all start with letting people be themselves. We are informal while professional, and we are all about mixing fun with commercial nous. Throughout your career with us we will help you develop, and give you the chance to influence our future. It's not only our products but our people who drive our success. Our people are at the heart of everything we do.

Skills Required

  • Creative Design

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