Product Development Stylist

  • Southampton  
    perm  
    Competitive  
  • Company
    Kingfisher  
    Start date
    ASAP  
    Duration
    n/a  
  • Closing date
    10 March 2018  
    Posted on
    9 February 2018  

Role Purpose

We want to create good homes by making home improvement accessible for everyone. Our ambition is to become the leading home improvement company.  To deliver our ambition, we need to become ONE company, which we will do by building on the already strong local identities, teams and communities across all our retail brands and functions. We are investing in working better together, to make the most of our scale and to better serve our customers.  One of the ways we’ll achieve our ambition is by developing a complete, Unique and Unified Home Improvement offer based on customer insights.

We’re looking for stylists that will act as trusted advisors; influencing and supporting the designers and range teams in their Product Style and CMF decisions in order to achieve consistency and coordination across the products we design and offer.

Role Objectives

Responsibility for CMF and style input on product, working directly with product leads in their range construction and product selection through collaborative product development

Constantly aware of sales performance across the relevant categories

Accompany range teams (by request and sign off) on sourcing and buying trips to ensure correct use of CMF and style within product development

Responsible for researching and defining CMF content, using the knowledge of best sellers, wider market research and insight in order to make the right choices

Responsibility for range coordination and consistency through continual reference to and use of the CMF and design strategy within the business and in all aspects of design work

Instrumental in articulating clearly our CMF and style strategy

Accountability for trend communication, editing the amount of trend information in order for it to be focused and relevant to the business, presenting back to key audiences

Frequent retail visits looking at product and display, constantly aware of what is happening and sharing insight and imagery with the wider team

Key part of the design studio, working directly with designers and engineers on all projects

Create and provide style research, imagery and CMF detail for all current and future briefs, ensuring consistency across the various projects

Communicate this information in PDF format within a very short space of time

Create and present a comprehensive report to the complete design team every 6 months detailing a carefully edited view of what has been seen at trade show and competitor visits

Constantly advising on style information and CMF detail with the wider design team to ensure a coordinated look & feel across all design projects to emphasis the consistent message across the landscape of the home

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required

  • BA (Hons) degree in Design (Textile, Interior, Product)
  • Experience of working in similar role within a retailer
  • Demonstrate expertise in design style, CMF and trend
  • Able to communicate design ideas and articulate style
  • Able to influence a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Able to prioritise and to react quickly and effectively in order to deliver on deadline
  • Able to manage several projects at once, respecting deadlines and commitments.
  • The ability to manage several time dimensions in everyday work.  E.g. Trends, Product development, marketing communication and Visual Merchandising in the stores
  • Experience in seasonal style changes

Core Behaviours

Working with others; can build effective relationships with internal and external networks, is not afraid to tackle conflict or confront others when problems occur, endeavours to work collaboratively with others.

Communicating; balances talking and listening in meetings, communicates simply and clearly, confidently challenges, negotiates and influences other decision makers, shares ideas and information with others.

Development focus; aware of own personal strengths and development needs, seeks and acts on feedback from others on own actions and behaviours, keeps up to date with current trends in their area of expertise.

Planning and delivering; understands and can describe how they contribute to the functional strategy and plan, works hard to achieve or exceed targets and objectives set, allocates resources effectively completing priorities, maintains focus, energy and effort when under pressure

Driving change; identifies and actions on changes which could be made to improve results, understands and anticipates the impact of change on others, confidently deals with ambiguity and uncertainty, remains visible and promotes regular communication through periods of change.

Commercial awareness; considers broader and longer term strategic issues impact the organisation, identifies commercial opportunities and responds accordingly to improve or maintain results, stays abreast of competitor activity and industry knowledge and uses it for commercial advantage.

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