Assistant Designer - Men’s/Kids

The Agency Worx
New York, NY, USA
Posted 1 day ago
OtherEntry Level

Leading apparel and fashion brand is seeking an Assistant Designer who will be responsible for assisting in the strategic development and product improvements that will drive growth and profitability of the Underwear and Sleepwear business. This is accomplished by close work and involvement with multiple functional areas including Licensing and Design, Marketing, CMG and Sourcing.  An understanding of retailer and marketplace trends, as well as, strong product knowledge and experience is required.          Temp-To-Perm Start: ASAP Primary Responsibilities:Competitive Set  Regularly monitor and report changes in the retail environment  Benchmark the competition in terms of fit, fabric, construction and positioning  Follow and report current trends and innovation Product Development Ability to create surface design, pitch sheets and color separation for all graphic art Review and approve layout and color of seasonal strike offs/ handlooms Create scorecard to launch seasonal product development Attend and take notes on all fit sessions Daily communications with vendors Maintain seasonal calendars and communication with RLC partners Track the development of key trims, fabrics and findings Create trim sheets/ design detail sketches for BOM hand off to tech/ merchandising team Quality / Costing Review top of production samples and work with appropriate functional areas to resolve issues Identify and drive the implementation of cost savings initiatives Internal/External Account Interaction Assist in creating seasonal style guides for account meetings Responsible for product presentation/ showroom set-up, as well as competitive benchmarking analysis Link Front End to Back End Develop and maintain visual Style References Work cross functionally to manage new product launches and product improvements from innovation to industrialization Manage and update the style count tracking document Provide product details that feed the where make process Sample Procurement Manage and coordinate any product requests and sample requests for research, line meetings, account presentations, and internal/external meetings Product Development Assist in the seasonal Ideation meeting and maintaining/driving the Product Innovation  Pipeline Identify and drive product improvements and cost savings initiatives. Follow specific RLC design guidelines and maintain tracking of milestone meetings Nature and Scope: The incumbent is responsible for the overall product design of the sleepwear and underwear business, including all channels of trade.  In order to execute this responsibility, the incumbent must remain current of all marketplace and retailer trends in fashion and color, textile and product manufacturing technology and changes in consumer attitudes and lifestyles. This requires the ability to think creatively and technically to ensure profitable manufacturing.  To remain current, the incumbent reviews industry trade publications, regularly audits the marketplace for changes in the competitive set.  The incumbent will have contact will all functional areas including marketing, product development, design, cost accounting, manufacturing quality and CMG.  Education/degrees:   Bachelors degree in fashion design, graphic/surface design, apparel management or textile design.  Advanced Degree preferred. Special Skills:  Computer knowledge required -, Adobe creative suite, Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook, Years of experience:                1-2 years in Apparel design/ Graphic design Type of experience:                 Design, graphic design, surface design or Product Development Special Knowledge:                 An individual pursuing the assistant designer position should have a working knowledge of knit apparel manufacturing, product features and benefits, yarn types and construction, as well as associated cost. Candidate should have an understanding of retail buying calendar and mark-up structure. Also, the individual should be visionary with a good sense of color and style.  Proven ability to work under tight deadlines, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively in a matrix organization.

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