As a Sr. Designer Manager, you will be responsible for creating designs from concept all the way through to finished product, that align with the company's business objectives and meet all critical dates, product specifications and profitability goals. You will develop and embrace an understanding of our "Customer First" culture by immersing yourself and your designs into our brand and products. You will be instrumental in translating new market trends into compelling, trend-forward, innovative and saleable product formats and designs. A successful Sr. Designer Manager is a strong leader dedicated to inspiring and motivating their team to reach their full design potential. You will be instrumental in supporting the Design Director to translate new market trends into compelling, trend-forward, innovative and saleable products.
Responsibilities and Duties: Responsible for the design of fresh and innovative products and product categories to help create a vision for the Costumes & Wearables division Takes ownership of all creative aspects of programs from trend research and concept to final sample and category presentation. Leads and gives guidance to the costume and wearable creative team and manages the workflow to maintain development schedules. Prioritizes work and resources while balancing short term and long-term goals and deliverables. Presents product designs and entire programs that are "shelf ready" due to their understanding of what is commercially viable in the market and their expertise of the needs of the business. Able to work with licensors, interpret assets and work within the guidelines of brand and character style guides. Responsible for researching and identifying trends including, but not limited to, fashion, pop-culture, surface design, color, and fabrication trends and ensures that their team is "in the know." Directs the creation of professional visual presentation materials for customers that portray a high level of design quality from our company. Responsible for creating and giving presentations on trends and new business initiatives Communicates well with other departments, stays on top of all relevant new product development from other teams and collaborates with department heads and team members to achieve optimal company results. Demonstrates sound judgment and pro-activity in problem solving. Works with Product Managers, Retail Merchants and Overseas offices to have an understanding of sales performance, manufacturing capabilities and costing to manage the development of high performing products that are priced right in the marketplace. Leadership Influence: Direct Reports: up to 4 The Sr. Designer Manager will help define the product vision and roadmap for the product categories he/she is responsible for and will provide guidance for his/her team prioritizing work and resources. The Sr. Designer Manager will provide creative direction to his/her subordinates. Create a pace around getting work done efficiently and effectively.
Business Acumen: Highly skilled in illustration and graphic design Manages projects and people Coaches, provides creative guidance and fosters teamwork Proactive and self-motivated, with a high level of organizational skills Promotes process improvement Conducts market research Creates and fosters interdepartmental relationships Develops creative standards Stays abreast of new and emerging technologies
The Senior Design Manager should be able to think creatively to develop the best products possible. He/she should be able to evaluate the performance of existing products and then think creatively to develop new products that make sense using that information. He/she needs to balance workloads and juggle priorities to achieve goals and deliverables.
Scope: Needs to have a strong understanding of the product creation lifecycle Should be self-directed, proactive and able to own the full creative development process Should be able to provide input to the packaging team to ensure that final products are merchandised effectively, and key features are communicated to the end user.
Interpersonal Skills: Should be skilled at working with merchants to discuss the needs of the business and work together to execute on new product development strategies Must be able to collaborate with internal teams to proactively manage timelines and coordinate trend and product presentations. Needs to be an excellent communicator to be able to present trends to both merchants and customers and to be able to "sell" new ideas, concepts and designs.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required Extensive experience in surface design and illustration, consumer products design, fashion design or in a field with related skill sets. Experience driving the product vision and directing a design team. Proficiency in PhotoShop and Illustrator Experience with 3D Design Software is a plus
FLSA Working conditions: Lifting and strenuous activities will not be required. Flexibility and willingness to travel is preferred.