Senior Designer – Dorothy Perkins – Footwear

Location: West London (W1T)
Company: Arcadia Talent Team
Salary: Unspecified £ Competitive + Benefits
Job type: Permanent
Date posted: 02/11/2015 18:40
Position: Design
Sector: Fashion
Reference:  RetailChoice/HSSBU/SD/DP
Contact: Talent Team
Job id: 63875004

Senior Designer – Dorothy Perkins – Footwear

The Role –

A great opportunity has arisen within the Dorothy Perkins team for a trend driven Senior Designer to join the Footwear department, reporting to the Head of Design. We are looking for candidates who have worked on trend forecasting and development and you will have worked closely with Buying teams and Suppliers to ensure you capture the season’s must-have pieces to excite and delight the customer.

Key responsibilities

  • Work supporting Design Manager and Design Director in delivering the design strategy and vision for Dorothy Perkins
  • To interface with buying teams to deliver commercial footwear range in line with current trends and the buying strategy
  • To create timely and appropriate colour palettes in line with seasonal trends
  • To seasonly conduct Catwalk analysis, design presentations and footwear key shape product direction
  • Create seasons flow of trend themes in line with macro design inspiration and customer profile
  • Conduct accurate and timely product development and design packs in line with buying requirement. FE travel required
  • Conduct competitor reports and advise buying and design departments accordingly
  • Motivation, development and mentoring of direct reports
  • Working with QA on footwear product fit and quality that reflects design direction and customer requirements
  • Manage the design critical path in line with buying process
  • Continually source componentry and materials for footwear ranges

Desired Skills & Experience – 

  • Product Development knowledge and experience in factories in FE and India
  • Excellent skills with Illustrator, Photoshop and hand sketching to develop accurate product design packs
  • Strong influencing skills to drive the design vision
  • Ability to line manage motivate and develop team
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with buying and senior management
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Must be a senior designer with a proven track record with a comparible retailer
  • Footwear Design Qualification to Degree level

If you have the relevant experience, and are interested in discussing any of our opportunities further, please send us your CV ASAP and somebody from the Arcadia internal Talent Team will be in touch

Our Reward & Benefits Package

Core Benefits-

Access to our Pension Scheme

Staff Discount – 25%+ in Arcadia and 20% in BHS (some exclusions apply)

Interest free Season Ticket Loan

Holiday Trading – Buying/Selling

Discretionary Bonus Scheme – Giving the opportunity to add to your salary and benefits

Extras –

We also offer a range of extra benefits including external discounts through our ‘uSave’ website. There are thousands of offers to choose from including High Street and online shopping deals as well as a number of spa breaks and holidays.

Flexible Reward –

Flexible Reward is designed to give choice and control over the benefits package you can receive. It gives the opportunity to access a wide range of benefits, enabling a selection of those that best suit the individual lifestyle and personal circumstances.

The Brand –

Established over 90 years ago, Dorothy Perkins is now one of the biggest fashion retailers in the country. We trade in over 400 stores in the UK and operate in over 30 international markets, in-store and online, and we have further growth planned in the next 6-12 months.

With over 100 years of heritage we are synonymous with providing ‘Lovely Affordable Fashion’ for the 25-35 year old woman. The Dorothy Perkins customer loves fashion and takes a close interest in the new trends, with quality, fit and price also being key.


Footwear Designer – Head over Heels: The Dune Group

Location:North West London (NW8), NW8 8PL
Salary:Competitive plus benefits
Company:The Dune Group
Job Type:Permanent
Date posted:13/10/2015 18:40

Job Description:
The Dune Group is the global leader of affordable luxury fashion footwear and accessories.
Based in London, the fashion capital of the world, The Dune Group has over 20 years of experience in the footwear industry and has grown through a passion and dedication to excellence in product development and in-house design, and a commitment to providing outstanding customer service.
The company has grown from a 20 square metre concession in a fashion store in Oxford Street, London, in 1992, to a group with 46 UK stores, 169 concessions in the major department stores such as Topshop, Topman, House of Fraser, John Lewis and Selfridges in the UK, and 35 franchised stores and concessions in 12 countries around the world.

At The Dune Group we believe our customer should always come first. We pride ourselves on offering a unique customer experience that is second to none and are currently recruiting for fun, passionate and fashion obsessed people to join our fabulous team in order to drive our business forward. If you are Fanatical about footwear and Crazy about Customer Service then The Dune Group could be for you.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Designer to support our Head over Heels and Dune range. Working closely with the Dune Group buying teams, the succesful candidate will act as guardian and advocate of the brand to design a comprehensive range of product


Design Development
• Reviews existing and developmental constructions ensuring the brands always have the lead on what is key & have it interpreted and represented appropriately in the ranges
• Instinctively understands what is right and wrong about a product
• Liaises on a daily basis with the relevant Buying teams and supervises the quickest possible design route for trialling purposes ensuring product is developed in a speedy process for the Buyers to buy. (e.g. manipulating existing lasts, heels etc for speed), and proposing new constructions for trialling
• Ensures all development both from Design and Buying is ‘on brand’ and setting up process to review Buying developments
• Ensures the product designed is consistently achieving standards in make-up e.g. sock design, sole design etc. and is consistent with where we are positioned as a brand
• Reviews and critiques proposed ranges together with Design Manager, Buyers and Buying Directors prior to Range Review and Sign Off
• Influences changes and recommendations on the selection of product and details where required
• Ensures presence at QC fit and aesthetic sessions
• Influences the Buying teams in the awareness of future trends and the need to represent those looks within the range
• Works collaboratively with retail, marketing and buying teams to ensure product development and ranging are consistent with the brand

Trend Information
• Gains clarity on the Dune Group brand and customer by immersing self in fashion through store visits, reading fashion magazines, visiting trade shows etc.
• Continually develops and establishes a clear vision of fashion directions and trends, in both clothing and footwear
• Constantly researches the market and is aware of competitors ranges
• Visits key trend fairs and cities for shopping and reporting back new trend information to Directors and Buying team
• Collates relevant trend information to deliver in a clear concise presentation format to the Buyer and Directors of the latest, future materials, colours and details for the Concept Meeting at the start of our product development cycle
• Continually ensures trend information is update and communicated to the Dune Group Buying team
• Ensuring latest trend information is being used in product development and is interpreted in an appropriate way for Dune Group
• Anticipates future trends and ensures Dune is ahead of the high street

Guiding the Critical Path process and deadlines
• Ensures all updated trend information i.e.: colour/details etc. is available in a clear and concise format for the Dune Group Buying team to work with at the ‘Initial Selection’ stage
• Ensures adherence to the Critical Path in line with Buying Critical Path
• Ensures key ‘design intensive’ periods are planned for and appropriate time scales allowed for the Design team to focus on all follow-up design work
• Manages the design process from concept to final samples for product and ensuring all samples are present for all subsequent product meetings

Range building
• Creates a clear vision of range including shapes, colours and materials
• Works closely with buying team to plan the range and develop constructions, components and styles
• Works to clear critical path and meets deadlines without exception
• Works well with suppliers across a broad supply base to deliver great samples
• Works with suppliers to engineer samples to fit price points
• Reviews ranges with buyer to ensure balanced, consistent and confident range

Managing the Team
• Manages the direct reports in the Design team on a daily basis, ensuring there is clarity of job roles, responsibilities and allocated tasks
• Completes regular one to one communications along with annual PDR’s; to drive performance and development
• Completes any HR related activity such as recruitment or absence meetings
• Leads and directs the team to drive creativity and inspiration to ensure continued commercial success of the product


• Strong fashion credentials and understanding of fashion trends
• Experienced designer with a clear understanding of the Dune Group brands
• Ability to design range with authority and confidence
• Top class footwear technical expertise and understanding
• Understands the need for quality standards to be met and constantly looking at ways to enhance the comfort and quality of the product
• Excellent drawing skills
• Good computer design skills
• Strong CAD, illustrator and photoshop skills
• Creative
• Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills
• Clear ability to meet strict deadlines
• Ability to work collaboratively across a number of different business functions and supply base
• Exemplary organisational skills
• Maturity in approach and able to self-manage
• Minimum of 3 years + design experience ideally in retail but would also consider wholesale experience as well
• Able to travel abroad on regular business trips

• Experience of sourcing in China, Brazil and India
• Close relationships with sourcing factories


• Excellent product discount
• Participation in the Company bonus scheme
• up to 25 days holiday per year plus bank holiday
• Interest free season ticket loan
• Any many, many more….


Store Manager – Colchester (Footwear)

Store Manager – Colchester (Footwear)
Salary: Up to £20,000 per annum, with excellent Benefits & Bonus

UK’s leading Footcare / Footwear brand is currently seeking a Store Manager to join their business and play a lead role in the ongoing success of their store in Colchester.
Established in 2006 with 80 sites nationwide offering a unique service and products that make them standout from the rest. Seeking a skilled and experienced Store Manager who can be a strong decision maker whilst have the ability to ensure the customer service received from the store is second to none.

Location: Colchester, Essex
Salary: £18,000 – £20,000 per annum, inc benefits, OTE
Job type: Permanent, full-time
Reference: 28117369

Roles and Responsibilities

– As a Store Manager you will manage and motivate your team to increase sales and ensure efficiency

– Managing stock levels and making key decisions about stock control

– Analysing sales figures and forecasting future sales volumes as well as analysing and interpreting trends to facilitate planning and forecasting

– As the Store Manager you will be dealing with staffing issues: recruitment; conducting appraisals and performance reviews; and providing or organising training and development

– Ensuring standards for quality, customer service and health and safety are met

– Promoting the organisation locally by liaising with local schools, newspapers and the community in general

– Organising special promotions, displays and events

– Updating colleagues on business performance, new initiatives and other pertinent issues

– As Store Manager you will be maintaining awareness of market trends in the retail industry, understanding forthcoming customer initiatives, and monitoring what local competitors are doing

– As Store Manager you will initiating changes to improve the business, e.g. revising opening hours to ensure the store can compete effectively in the local market

To be suitable for the role you must have the below:

– The ability to lead and motivate a team with excellent communication and ‘people’ skills and a strong commitment to customer service

– The ability to work under pressure and handle challenging situations with confidence, drive and enthusiasm

– The ability to understand and analyse sales figures and manage KPI’s


Menswear- Assistant Buyer: Footwear and Hard Accessories

Location: East Midlands, England
Salary: £23,000 – £33,000 per annum
Job type: Permanent, full-time
Reference: 28139425

Exsurgo are currently supporting a leading multinational clothing, footwear and home products retailer. There is an exciting permanent opportunity for an Assistant Buyer to work as part of the Menswear – Footwear OR Hard Accessories team. You will manage your own product category to source, develop, cost, manage and present.

As the Assistant Buyer on Menswear – Footwear OR Hard Accessories you’ll:

  • Plan under the remit set by the Buyer a compelling range targeted at the customer.
  • Manage the product and packaging Critical Path
  • Working as part of a busy department with high option count
  • Be effective in supplier negotiations to maximise promotional/range opportunities
  • Sourcing and developing commercial product ranges
  • Detail design lead development
  • Understand and can explain market and consumer trends by monitoring competitor activity
  • Assist in the delivery of visual display initiatives

Your experience and skills will ideally include:

  • Experience of Menswear and Footwear OR Hard Accessories previously
  • Coming from a Prior product development experience with range responsibility
  • Already working as an Assistant in a retail/fashion environment.
  • Must be able to spot a trend and relate that to the customer.
  • Good awareness of what is going on in the market.
  • Very product focused.
  • Eye for Trend
  • Have the ability to drive a product forward
  • Ability to manage people i.e. a Trainee for the Nightwear role.
  • Ability to present at Director level
  • Good range building experience

If you feel you have the right skill set for this opportunity as Assistant Buyer for this leading multinational clothing, footwear and home products retailer based in the Midlands then please send your CV in consideration.



Salary:£120000 – £135000 per annum + ATTRACTIVE PACKAGE
Date posted:09/10/2015 16:05
Job Description:
CATEGORY CREATIVE DIRECTOR – WOMENS LIFESTYLE FOOTWEAR – LONDON – UPTO £135K (PLUS ATTRACTIVE PACKAGE)My client is a Global, progressive and market leading footwear brand-house, selling into over 200 countries worldwide. Due to developments within the business they are currently recruiting for a new role of ‘Category Creative Director’ for one of their most successful brands, focusing on women’s lifestyle footwear.

The role reports directly into the VP Creative Director with the aim to strengthen and offer clear direction for all women’s lifestyle product within the brand. You will lead and inspire a team of footwear designers and oversee the creative teams across material, colour and technical specs, bringing the overall brand vision to life!

This is an incredibly high profile position with an ever-progressing business, so the ability to change and adapt with the needs of the business is pivotal. The ideal candidate will have the following

*Degree educated in Design or equivalent experience in a related area.
*10+ years design and development experience within footwear development, focused on womenswear
*Critical skills in “shoe-making” covering various construction methods, including last development
*Strong team management experience
*Strong computer skills. Adobe Illustrator, Excel, Word and Photoshop.
*Strong ability to adhere to deadlines. Delivers accurate data on-time and in-full.
*Advanced knowledge of fit/construction and costing.
*Excellent written and oral communication
*Advanced product knowledge and knowledge of global markets and competitors.

Opportunities within the brand are extremely rare at this level, so if you can deliver on all the above – please apply today for immediate consideration!

Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business.



Assistant Manager: Edinburgh Footwear Boutique

Fashion, Fashion Accessories, Shoes, Boutique, Premium, Concession, Manager , Deputy Manager, Accessories,

Assistant Manager Edinburgh – Brand new Concession!

Published in:
Ref. No: 28116463
Location: Edinburgh, Midlothian
Salary: £18,000 – £19,000 per annum

In order to be considered, candidates will:

  • Have a minimum of 2 years experience as a manager in a high profile store or concession
  • The ability to manage in a sales led environment
  • Operational through KPIs
  • Be passionate about fashion and knowledgeable about the market
  • Have a strong retail operations skill set and be confident in leading a team
  • Love managing a high profile location and be comfortable with the challenges this brings

Only candidates with CVs most closely matched to the above description will be contacted.

Required skills & expertise:

  • Footwear
  • Retail
  • ShoesStore
  • Management
  • KPI Reports


Assistant Manager: Footwear

Are you customer focused with a passion for delivering excellent service standards? Do you have what it takes to manage and motivate a team to exceed targets and objectives? Are you currently working in retail and looking for a new opportunity with a successful and well established company?

If yes applies to all of the above this may be the perfect role for you!

My client is a family owned footwear brand with an amazing reputation for their excellent customer service and dedication to their people. Driving the success of the stores by providing a vast offering of branded ranges and a flawless shopping experience, this retailer has secured their place in the market for over 60 years.

An opportunity for a talented Assistant Manager has become available in their flagship store.

Responsibilities include:

* Deputising to the Store Manager, supporting in the running of the store
* Managing and motivating a customer focused team
* Driving sales targets and store objectives
* Training and developing team members
* Visual merchandising
* Identifying ways to maximise sales opportunities

The ideal candidate will have:

* Assistant/Deputy Management experience gained within fashion retail (clothing, accessories or footwear)
* Strong leadership skills with the ability to communicate effectively
* A passion for delivering excellent customer service
* Dynamic approach and a ‘can do’ attitude
* Dedication to the brand and its ethos

If you are currently an Assistant/Deputy Manager and have the drive and enthusiasm this role requires, please get in touch for more info. Please send a copy of your CV to Lauren Wisdom at Pzazz Retail.

We regret that due to current volumes, we are unable to acknowledge every application. All successful candidates will be contacted as soon as possible. If you are contacted, please note that, as part of the registration process, you will be required to provide us with proof of identity and proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

Pzazz Retail, part of the St George’s Recruitment Group, is acting as an employment agency in regard to this vacancy. We specialise in finding great jobs for great people; our consultants handle a wide range of retail roles. If you’re looking for a fresh approach to retail recruitment, please contact us now.


Footwear Manager – Guildford Ladymead


Sports is THE retail success store of the last decade. Our unrivalled growth across the UK and Europe really sets us apart from the rest. We have no intention of slowing down and we have a mind blowing continued expansion plan.

Part of our success is owed to our dynamic, commercially driven and passionate Managers and with growth comes opportunity so we are looking for an experienced Footwear Manager to join us in building the future and sharing in our success!

Promotions passing by? Boss gets all the credit and reward? Not recognised as a high achiever?

You will be provided with an eye opening start to your career with Sports Direct where our Managers will attend a residential training course in our Training Academy in association with Nike.


As part of our Sports Direct Management team your talent will be managed to ensure you reach full potential and have a world of opportunities to explore.

Your Role:

Proactively drive store performance across all departments with creative flair

  • Ensure delivery of the brand is in line with all visual merchandising guidelines
  • Development of your people as ‘Stars of the Future’
  • Champion our company culture and values as an Ambassador of Sports
  • Promote compliance within the team to adhere to company policies and procedures
  • Maximise sales and product availability whilst controlling costs
  • Exceed customer expectations to deliver great customer service, driving company KPI’s


Your Profile:


  • Responsible and trust worthy
  • Compliant with the ability to police procedures and policies through your people
  • Passion for retail, people and developing a career
  • Confident leader who can motivate and challenge others to deliver
  • Promote the Sports Direct values and our culture to internal and external parties
  • Flexible to the needs of the business including secondments into Europe

The Rewards:


  • £19k – £21k basic – subject to location and experience
  • 20% Staff Discount across all Sports Direct Stores
  • OTE up to 25% of your basic salary; up to £5k per year, paid monthly

That Little Extra Bit:

When you go the extra mile and constantly deliver, we go the extra mile to reward you


  • An all-expenses paid ski holiday in Verbier, Switzerland with colleagues across the business
  • Family Holiday to Disneyland Paris
  • Top Tickets to premiership football games, boxing, Wimbledon and more
  • £50,000 worth of prizes given to top performers in our Christmas Bonanza including Smart TV’s, Apple Products and more!
  • Chance to be part of our famous share scheme bonus incentive that has paid out some of the biggest bonuses in retail.
  • Internal Referral Scheme where you will receive a reward for bringing talent into the business


Head of Buying & Merchandising Footwear in UAE

Visual Merchandise Merchandiser- Leading Fashion Retailer in the Middle East

Amazing opportunity for an experienced, dynamic, and hands on Visual Merchandise Manager to join this very vibrant and hugely successful Retailer!! This company is taking the Middle East by storm with huge expansion plans in the pipeline.

If you come from a large retail background, and are looking to work with a smaller retailer that is growing then this is the role for you!

This company offers a very supportive environment and great opportunities for progression. You need to be hungry for success and ready to work hard for it!

Responsibilities of this role are likely to include:

–          Direct liaison with the brands visual teams with regards to seasonal themes, directions and   implementation

–   Plan and manage the implementation of a seasonal visual merchandising calendar in all stores.

–          Consistently maintain brand visual standards, both windows and interiors of stores and any marketing or other activity that involves the product.

–          Drive product sell-through via effective re-merchandising of stores, working in liaison with Senior Merchandise Planner in Division.

–          Effectively plan VM and store layout for new collection launches.

You will have….

–          Minimum of 4 years’ experience in retail, preferably high end fashion

–          Excellent communication skills

–          Strong awareness of key fashion brands

–          Strong time management skills

–          Excellent coaching, communication and organizational skills

–          High level of attention to details

*** Only candidates that speak Italian fluently will be considered ***

To apply for this fantastic role please click ‘Apply’ or contact Imogen Graham

COREcruitment are experts in recruiting for the service sector. We currently have roles across the UK, Middle East, Europe, North America, South East Asia, Africa and Australia. To view other great opportunities please check out our NEW website at or call us on for a confidential chat about upcoming opportunities.

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  • Contact: William Bates
  • Reference: Caterer/WB6594
  • Job ID: 63687943


Technologist (Footwear)

East Midlands
dependent upon experience
People Marketing
Job Type:
Date posted:
28/09/2015 16:49
Job Description:

Technologist (Footwear) (9022/FF)


A leading footwear supplier is looking to recruit within their technical department. If you have solid technical ability and have a proven track record of working with High Street retailers then I want to speak to you.

Technologist (Footwear)– The Role:

  • Maintain and improve the quality of incoming products into the warehouse and carry out quality tests.
  • Assessing production processes, e.g. last assessment, heat/time dwell, pressure of machines, sole preparation system.
  • Assess footwear ranges prior to production, advising on any necessary improvements to design, construction and fit.
  • Conduct extensive factory audits and effect change where required.
  • To form a solid working relationship with the production teams.
  • Analyse worn returns and implement any improvement which may be gathered from this process.

Technologist (Footwear) The Person:

  • Experience of working with womens footwear is essential.
  • A successful candidate must be certified in either footwear or textile testing.
  • Have a strong background of working with High Street retailers or suppliers.
  • Prior experience of setting up new processes and analysing there success and impact on the business.
  • It is essential that you are a strong and clear communicator who has the ability to work with overseas production bases.
  • The ability to work under their own initiative, and part of a team.
  • A background in a similar role is desirable.

Technologist (Footwear) – The Company:

This footwear importer is a specialist in delivering high quality footwear to their High Street customers. Having developed a strong reputation in their field, this company deliver to the letter what their customers want which ensures they come back time after time.

Technologist (Footwear) – The Package:

A generous salary is on offer.

To register your interest, please contact Nicholas Fitzgerald by sending you CV to along with details of when would be the ideal time to speak to you about the position.