Senior, Designer - Men's Knits and Sweaters

New York, NY, USA
Posted 12 days ago
Full timeIT Services and IT Consulting,Retail Apparel and Fashion,Retail

Macy’s is proudly America’s Department Store. For more than 160 years, Macy’s has served generations at every stage of their lives. Customers come to us for fashion, value and celebration.

Macy’s Merchandising curates the best national and private brands to support our customer’s self-expression from off-price to luxury. Merchandising ensures Macy's is the premier fashion authority using a high acumen for products and trends as well as strong relationships with vendors in the marketplace. Our team maximizes sales and gross margin for each product category by identifying, procuring, and assorting the products that our customers demand.

Do you have an eye for products and trends? Join Macy’s Merchandising and create connections that surprise and delight our customers at every turn.

Job Overview

The Senior Designer is responsible for creating designs exclusively for Private Brands and develops trend strategies that support customer-centric Private Brands. This position is responsible for owning a particular category or categories within a brand. They will work closely with the Design Director in setting the brands seasonal fashion direction. Direct all aspects of design, development, selection and approval of materials, silhouettes, colors and patterns for the season. The Senior Designer must be able to develop and execute a strategic vision, with a progressive, customer centric-approach all while delivering on sales and profit objectives. This role requires the ability to leverage technical expertise to identify opportunities and develop an assortment. A fundamental requirement is to be able to build trust with their teams and key collaborators. Another key requirement is to demonstrate curiosity in a much broader and more complex business environment transcending our traditional competitive landscape in order to re-engage our customer.

The Senior Designer will be known as a trusted, collaborative and results-oriented leader, business partner and change agent who can lead through influence and who possesses professional maturity and industry credibility. The ideal candidate needs to be comfortable and effective leading through significant complexity. Candidates must be comfortable with quickly evaluating and sun-setting legacy approaches that no longer align to the strategy. The ideal candidate will be known for both vision and an equally strong orientation for speed.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have ability to set and to deliver on a strategic category vision that aligns to the Polaris Strategy and deliver financial targets.
  • Make “company first” decisions.
  • Build compelling core and curated assortments for both channels, with an appropriate balance of risk, testing of new ideas, and elevated offering.
  • Size growth opportunities, edit for clarity, and ensure localization initiatives differentiate Macy’s.
  • Reduce complexity, act decisively, and model agility in leadership style.
  • Have the temperament to lead and motivate the teams.
  • Have solid understanding and focus on the digital experience and technology business drivers.
  • Have a working knowledge of Private Brands - a strong advocate for exclusivity and Private Brand penetration.
  • Enthusiasm, passion, and desire to gain product expertise.
  • Have ability to set and to deliver on a strategic category vision that aligns to the Polaris strategy.
  • Communicate with candor and value open debate to ensure the best ideas come to life.

Essential Functions

Assortment Vision, Strategy & Selection

  • Assist in leading the Design Team in development and execution of product designs to achieve overall product strategy and merchandise objectives
  • Work with the Director of Design to set the brand seasonal fashion direction
  • Assist the Buy Meeting coordination process, including visual set-up, props, lifestyle and design presentation
  • Buy Meeting and Pre-line presentation to the Buying Team – explain the design concepts and lifestyles of the brand
  • Coordinate line with Director of Design to ensure cohesive aesthetic integrity within the brands
  • Develop and execute product designs that achieve overall product strategy and merchandise objectives while adhering to the sku plans from buying
  • Partner with Product Development team to ensure designs meet the cost guidelines for the style/category
  • Review digital design renderings on CLO and make any adjustments/comments needed
  • Work with Strategic Sourcing for vendor allocation for R&D / Concept
  • Own product design from concept through production (e.g. sketch, sample execution, bulk approvals)
  • Create and maintain all sketches and BOM updates in PLM
  • Partner closely with Materials team to create seasonal palettes and support fabric optimization
  • Partner with Color team on developing and finalizing seasonal color palettes
  • Work with Fashion Office on ongoing trend research
  • Attend fit sessions with Tech Design and Product Development teams
  • Interpret seasonal fashion direction, assortment opportunities and merchandise trends for area of responsibility
  • Research and develop seasonal trends
  • Interpret seasonal fashion direction, assortment opportunities and merchandise trends for area of responsibility
  • Produce cohesive product presentations, including boards, tear sheets and samples to help sell concepts to merchants
  • Prepare line and presentation material for line previews and buy meetings including color boards, concept boards, print and story boards
  • Ensure designs meet merchant line plans, assortment strategies, costing structures and overall creative direction.
  • Shop the retail market seeking new merchandise/trend ideas
  • Shop the trend market seeking design inspiration (materials, fashion, color, trade shows) as needed
  • Interpret specific color palettes, patterns and prints for the season
  • Select and approve style, materials, trims and colors that fit into the program and style plans

In-season Forecasting

  • Decide on in-season Design changes to make for the department based on sales, margin and turn forecast in partnership with Global Sourcing and Buying Teams
  • Participate in strategic meetings with recommended assortments
  • Modify the product line based on customer input and sales results
  • Assist in identifying the key programs that comprise your classification(s)
  • Adhere to the seasonal time and action calendar for area of responsibility

Overseas/Domestic Vendors, Marketing, Product Integrity, & Technical Design

  • Maintain an industry presence that allows for connections, new business opportunities and ideas at Macy’s. Represent and support the Macy’s brand while maintaining this presence and building relationships
  • Maintain relationships with technical designers, merchants and sourcing divisions to exchange ideas, leverage expertise and streamline the process
  • Communicate on a daily basis with overseas offices to share line development direction
  • Select and approve materials, patterns and colors.
  • Use CAD programs for style, color and pattern development



  • Ideally, 4-6 years of industry experience.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Design or Fine Arts
  • Competitive shop and determine action necessary to address competitive challenges. Identify any product opportunities and provide suggestions.
  • Working knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop, and PLM
  • Practice open and continuous communication, values keeping others informed, effectively presenting information in a clear, concise manner
  • Excellent leadership, facilitation, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work across functional lines and at many level
  • Ability to think creatively, strategically and technically
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule based on department and company needs
  • Knowledge of MS Office is required

Leadership Profile

  • Develop and coach Design Team
  • Dynamic, transformational leadership, passionate about our work.
  • Inspirational leader that has proven followership. Viewed in the organization as being a talent magnet where talent is developed and deployed throughout the enterprise.
  • A builder of engaged and highly functional teams and partnerships.
  • Comfortable with taking risks and celebrating risk-taking regardless of outcome.
  • Able to retain focus on vision and outcomes, letting others make decisions without the traditional hierarchical approval.
  • Collaborative, consultative style with a strong ability to establish trust and build relationships across all levels and functions of the organization.
  • Inspirational leader with the ability to identify, engage and motivate talent with a future-oriented mindset.
  • Resilient, tenacious, high energy. Able to rapidly bounce back from adversity.

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