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.