Type: Permanent Full Time
Reference: 11090
Location: Unit 60 The Runnings Cheltenham
Closing date for applications: 09.07.24
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits

The Role

The Senior Designer is an integral member of the Design Team reporting to the Senior Design Manager. You will support in leading and managing the team, have ownership of categories and projects to create style aware ranges in line with the brands design pillars. With a strong emphasis on commerciality and leveraging brand and evolving it to keep it relevant within the current and future market.

You Will

  • Lead in delivering two seasonal collections through the style aesthetic lens of Heritage & Vintage, Premium and Sportswear.
  • Ensure that brand appropriate products are delivered within the relevant seasonal time frames and the design & development critical path.
  • Update the Senior Design Manager and Head of Design & Development regularly on development and design progress.
  • Support the Senior Design Manager with Creating seasonal direction, in line with our product construct and brand pillars. Identifying and pitching up ideas.
  • Ensure in season creative projects are delivered in line with key business needs and priorities, working closely with business key stakeholders.
  • Work closely with Designers, Junior Designers and Assistant Designers to deliver against the seasonal visual range plan, in a focused and efficient way.
  • Actively drive product research to strategically pinpoint opportunities, driving innovation and sustainability goals.
  • Understand and identify consumer style, strategic positioning and target audience, aligning this to our brand and products.
  • Ensure design handwriting is consistent, branding, brand marks and prints are in line with our product construct principles and brand pillars.
  • Be responsible for supporting all aspects of the product design process to include market research, consumer research and managing your and any direct reports workload.
  • Have a varied product knowledge, supporting and leading the team across multiple categories and disciplines.
  • Oversee and prioritise the selection of fabric, trim and materials, in a focused and strategic way, in line with the critical path.
  • Effectively communicate and present design concepts and range presentations in a passionate, persuasive and compelling way.
  • Establish strong working relationships with regional offices, supply base and key business stakeholders – Product Strategy, Quality & Technical, Sourcing, Merchandising, Brand Creative and Channel owners.
  • Champion and uphold the house Design and Brand Standards, to clearly communicate information to suppliers.
  • Use your initiative to identify issues and problem solve, cutting through complexity.
  • Confidently conduct fittings and sample reviews.
  • Oversee any new silhouettes/shapes for your collection by liaising closely with QT.
  • Be able to travel independently to overseas suppliers to effectively manage development of styles or inspiration.
  • Manage any direct reports, holding regular 121 sessions to provide feedback, and agree priorities and discuss progress.
  • Support in upskilling team members, to support with their career progression.

You Are

  • University educated with a degree or have a minimum of 8 years’ experience in fashion or design industry.
  • An experienced Senior Designer with demonstratable experience of working in a similar senior management role within a clothing fashion brand or retailer.
  • Possess an in-depth knowledge across multiple categories, design techniques and processes, but also comfortable with working outside of their area of expertise.
  • Experienced or has the ability to manage, lead and mentor team members.
  • An excellent communicator and influencer from the ground up to exec level.
  • Interested in and have a great sense of style, culture, trend, colour, print and pattern.
  • An accomplished and experienced presenter.
  • An experienced negotiator and strong collaborator.
  • Super organized and able to work within strict seasonal timeframes.
  • Able to think strategically and problem solve in a fast-paced and evolving environment.
  • Flexible and able to adjust quickly but also lead through change to deliver to a deadline.
  • Able to prioritise multiple projects, while simultaneously handling demands and changes.
  • Confident in the use of Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat)
  • Confident in the use of PLM program systems.

Working for Superdry has never been so rewarding…

  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, we also offer a holiday buying scheme
  • An additional day off to celebrate your Birthday
  • Family is massively important to us, so we have a broad range of family-friendly working policies in place, including enhanced maternity, paternity, and adoption leave
  • Company Pension scheme
  • All employees are covered by our Life Assurance policy whilst working at Superdry. We feel it’s important to offer protection for your family and loved ones in such a situation and to support this we offer life assurance cover which pays a lump sum equivalent either twice or four times your annual salary
  • A big staff discount – naturally. Because we know that you love to wear Superdry, you’ll benefit from a 50% discount in store and online
  • Our Head Office is home to our very own store for staff only where you can treat yourself to heavily discounted sample stock
  • A health cash plan is open to all employees.
  • Flexible working and core working hours between 10am – 4pm to help you achieve that all-important work-life balance
  • Access to onsite parking and as part of our sustainable development goals, we have a selection of electrical car parking points freely available to staff.
  • A range of learning and development materials to help you in your career and grow with us
  • We like to give back, so we allow our employees time off for volunteering work
  • A global employee assistance plan in place that you can access anytime you want - it’s free and confidential
  • You’ll also have access to a Cycle To Work Scheme and an excellent Car contract hire/purchase scheme
  • A range of local discounts with businesses across Gloucestershire
  • At Superdry, everyone has a voice and we want to hear it. We create environments where individuality can flourish and is celebrated as part of who we are as a brand. We’re incredibly proud that over 90% of our people feel strongly that they can be themselves at work.

    We want to meet people with varied backgrounds because we understand that diversity of thought encourages new ideas to thrive, fuelling creativity and enabling us to do better work. We want to build a team which represents a variety of backgrounds, styles, perspectives, and skills; we hire people based on their merit and potential.

    We also welcome conversations about flexible working for all roles at Superdry and will always accommodate it where possible.

    Please also have a look at our career website. Here you can find information about the Growing Futures Programme, a scheme that supports applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds to apply for roles at our HO in Cheltenham.

Please note that some jobs may be closed earlier than the published closing date if we get a high volume of applications. We therefore advise that you complete your application at your earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.

Who we are

Superdry is a British, founder-led brand with a truly global presence. We’ve been proudly creating world-class product for almost two decades, offering genuine choice to our customers with our curated style collections. 

Our mission is to be the No. 1 sustainable style destination, delivering product that is authentic with unmatched quality and true integrity, much like our people. 

We are on an ambitious journey to serve our diverse community through a premium brand that’s focused on the future, prioritises sustainability, leads with craft, and celebrates culture. We need talented people to join us on the adventure, is this you?

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Please note that some jobs may be closed earlier than the published closing date if we get a high volume of applications. We therefore advise that you complete your application at your earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.

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