Design Manager- Witchery Accessories

DAVID JONES
Melbourne VIC, Australia
Posted 1 month ago
Full time

Company presentation

David Jones and the Country Road Group is Australasia’s largest department store and fashion retail group comprising of iconic brands such as David Jones, Country Road, POLITIX, Trenery, Witchery and MIMCO. Our Values include being Customer Obsessed, Collaborative, Inspirational, Responsible and Dedicated to Quality. We are looking for highly motivated and passionate individuals to be part of the Group’s evolution and support each brand to realise their full potential.

Job description

Reporting to the Head of Design, this role will see you responsible for the design and development of the Witchery accessories product range, in line with brand direction and company timetable, whilst leading the design team to achieve the business goals.

*This opportunity is a parental leave contract until June 2023*

Key Responsibilities

- Oversee and mentor the design team to maximise employee performance, productivity, innovation and creativity, commercially delivering outstanding collections

- Manage the build of seasonal framework through key trend research that is on-brand

- Presentation of the collection to the business

- Nurture and build relationships with key suppliers and vendors

- Liaise regularly with retail, planning and marketing teams to ensure the customer is fully understood, listened to and catered for

- Proactive contribution to mid and post season reviews

- Contribute proactively to the building of strategic initiatives at key times in the year

- Range planning and option plan input

- Proactively be a custodian of the Witchery brand and relevant Witchery programs and brand initiatives

Profile

- Expertise across all accessory categories together with excellent range building and commercial understanding of product

- Currently leading an accessories design team

- Demonstrating an excellent understanding of the retail landscape and what makes a successful brand

- Has a very strong understanding of design and development metrics, price and margin, raw material, critical path, fashion trends and branding

- Degree qualified in Fashion Design/Production/Textiles or similar

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