Lead Designer - Original and Vintage

  • Cheltenham  
    perm, remote, temp to perm  
    Undisclosed  
  • Company
    Superdry  
    Start date
    ASAP  
    Duration
    12 months FTC  
  • Closing date
    8 November 2020  
    Posted on
    13 October 2020  

Please note that some jobs may be closed earlier than the published closing date if we get a high volume of applications. We therefore advise that you complete your application at your earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.
 

The Role:

This is a brilliant opportunity for an experienced and talented Lead Designer, to join our Original & Vintage team and be pivotal in the development of the Womenswear range, maintaining the brand integrity we have in this area to deliver our best brand expression. This is a fixed term contract for 12 months on a maternity cover.
 

You Will:

  • Be a lead member of the Original & Vintage design team, building and creating product led designs that strongly focuses on the targeted consumer.
  • Enhance our brand DNA, by building product direction, strategy and ensuing the consumer needs are always at the forefront.
  • Support Heads of Department and Design Managers to shape the range and deliver the product vision.
  • Translate the strategy for this style choice, into meaningful and clear priorities in collaboration with the Design Managers and Collection Strategy team.
  • Lead the category by identifying new market opportunities to drive sales and profits for this area.
  • Be able to lead with innovative product solutions within this style choice.
  • Have the agility to design multi product categories within womenswear.
  • Have a detailed focus of product creation and development.
  • Have a strong understanding of fabrics both jersey and wovens, wash processes and finish techniques.
  • Exceptional attention to detail to ensure all product features and finishes are executed to a high standard
  • Design products to achieve the department pricing architecture – Good, Better, Best.
  • Produce creative and innovative designs with clear tech packs to produce ‘right first time’ samples.
  • Manage sampling, ensuring the samples are delivered on time and executed to the Superdry standards and requirements.
  • Collaborate with the team and wider business to drive bigger business outcomes within this style choice.
  • Be responsible for integral dates within the critical path to be managed and met within the team.
  • Be able to present your areas at key meetings.
  • Actively contribute to the development of the sourcing strategy.
  • Work collaboratively with the technical team to ensure fit consistency and blocks are perfected.
  • Lead the relationship with the Legal team.
     

You Are:

  • Educated to degree level in Fashion Design, with proven experience in Jersey and Wovens, as a Lead/Senior Designer within a retail/brand or supplier.
  • Highly experienced in a brand role.
  • Able to take ownership of product categories with little or no referral from Design Managers.
  • Self-motivated, a great team player and hugely passionate about Design.
  • Collaborative within Design, Collection Strategy , Sourcing and our Quality and Technical teams.
  • Passionate about design and able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the Superdry handwriting, brand DNA and our core/target customer.
  • A good communicator with an enthusiastic and engaging manner.
  • Experienced in presenting with strong influencing capabilities.
  • A solution-focused problem solver, who is able to manage up and down.
  • Adept at working in a fast-paced environment.
  • A team player, always “Playing to Win” and a role model to your peers.
  • Experienced at time/critical path management.
  • Advanced in Illustrator, Photoshop and Microsoft Office.
  • Ideally experienced in PLM although not essential.

Working for Superdry has never been so rewarding…

  • Everyone receives a generous salary, pension contributions, life assurance and 25 days holiday.
  • A selection of great Share Scheme initiatives.
  • Unrivalled range of Learning & Development programmes.
  • Amazing staff discount, 50% online and in store, plus an on-site staff shop and subsidised Cafe.
  • A range of team and social events.
  • Discounted gym membership, cycle to work scheme, wellbeing services and much, much more.

At Superdry, everyone has a voice and we want to hear it. We create environments where individuality can flourish and is celebrated as part of who we are as a brand. We’re incredibly proud that over 90% of our people feel strongly that they can be themselves when they are at work. We obviously feel their voices speak volumes.

We want to meet people with varied backgrounds because we understand that diversity of thought encourages new ideas to thrive, fueling creativity and enabling us to do better work. We want to build a team which represents a variety of backgrounds, styles, perspectives and skills; we hire people based on their merit and potential.

We also welcome conversations about flexible working for all roles at Superdry and will always accommodate it where possible. 
 

About Us:

Superdry have been making world class product for 15 years, and we’re proud of it. Our mission is to inspire and engage the contemporary style obsessed consumer, whilst leaving a positive environmental legacy.

Together, we have built a brand that has cut through the global apparel market at record speed, taking market share from brands that have existed for decades. But we have a big opportunity ahead of us as we launch 4 new collections.

We are now on an exciting journey to reset our brand and return to our design-led roots and we are looking for talented people to join us on our journey.

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