Design Manager

Cape Town
South Africa
2018-02-15 18:34:34

Job description





To lead and manage a design team as well as to design commercial, beautiful product that meets and exceeds customer expectations and drives sales and adheres to the Woolworths Merchandise cycle 




  • Develop concepts, storyboard, sketches and drawings of new designs to be considered within the groups in line with strategy and design direction 
  • Review fabric and material options for the season and select materials for designs/product development   
  • Determine colours for the season 
  • Develop seasonal colour boards in line with product direction 
  • Conduct inspirational shopping/analyse designer collections 
  • Identify trial opportunities in current season for future season 
  • Develop product spec packs/tech packs   
  • Brief ideas, sketches and initial sample requests and costing sheets to relevant suppliers in line with sourcing strategy 
  • Conduct supplier visits to ensure sample accuracy and review prototypes 
  • Design product for continuity and selected items dependent upon supplier capability 
  • Develop design brief 
  • Present season, including styles, looks, themes and fabrics opportunities in line with strategy and design direction 
  • Review and approve design brief samples and agree with buying continuity items, volume input and input items for season 
  • Build relationships with suppliers 
  • Build partnerships with Buying, Planning, and Sourcing and Technology and work in an integrated way to optimise the design capability within the Groups 
  • Manage the alignment of the Design critical path and the group to ensure on time delivery of the Merchandise cycle 
  • Develop, motivate, inspire and lead the relevant group’s Design team and provide ongoing feedback to enhance performance and deliver the seasonal product direction 
  • Ensure succession planning and a talent pipeline and manage the achievement of EE staffing targets 
  • Manage design activities in line with agreed performance measures and operating budgets for the design team 








Technical and Functional Competencies

  • Relevant Design diploma / degree 
  • 8 to 10 years Commercial/Design experience with kidswear is essential 
  • Deep retail skill and understanding, both local and global 
  • Merchant and retail ability 
  • Product knowledge 
  • Creativity, taste level and flair in line with the brand 
  • Ability to sketch 
  • Photoshop and Illustrator skills 
  • Trend analysis and editing skills 
  • Ability to predict trends 
  • Process thinking skills 
  • Strategic thinking ability 
  • Strong influencing and communication capability 
  • Leadership skills 




As part of the recruitment process you are required to submit a design portfolio in addition to your CV. 


“As a proud South African brand, Woolworths is committed to transformation. Meeting our employment equity goals will be taken into account in our recruitment decisions”

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