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….



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!

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Mens Footwear Designer

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced talented Mens Footwear Designer to join this exciting and growing high street Supplier, based in in one of the key fashion hubs of London.

If you have great fashion handwriting and have a flair for trends and an exciting portfolio this could be the role for you!

You must have previous experience designing Smart, Casual and Sporty Footwear for high street retailers or Brands

Candidates must have very strong Illustrative and CAD skills and have the ability to work on your own initiative or as part of a team.

Salary: £25,000 – £35,000 per annum

Job type: Permanent, full-time

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  • Reference: 27940776

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Footwear Designer – London | Hindesite Ltd

My client based in South West London are seeking a highly skilled Footwear Designer to join their dynamic global company!
As a member of the Product Team the role of the Footwear Designer is a key position within this rapidly expanding business. You will develop and create illustrations and technical drawings (Adobe Illustrator based) to a high quality and technical level. You will contribute to and follow design direction and translate market input into innovative yet progressive designs.
This role would suit a creative designer with a minimum of 4 years of commercial experience in Footwear Design with a strong work ethic. A “can do” attitude is essential in this role!
Key skills:
* A minimum of 4 years of commercial experience as a Footwear Designer
* Ability to conceptualise the footwear line
* Experience in developing embellished shoes
* Good free hand sketching skills
* Thorough knowledge of lasts and footwear constructions
* Ability to understand and work within the parameters of the product and the brand guidelines
* Experience of working with Far East factories on casual /sports products
* Excellent and up to date market knowledge of trends, designers and brands
* Good understanding of international markets
* Experience of creating specification sheets to high standard and see it through to development process
* Experience and knowledge of materials, pattern making, and the fitting of footwear
* Experience of working to a commercial brief and delivering designs and product on costs and to deadline.
* Use knowledge of costing and shoemaking to develop cost efficient product
You must be willing to travel as required.
You must live within a commutable distance of South West London.


Salary: £40k-£60k depending on experience + benefits

Location: London

Job Type: Permanent

Start Date: Immediately

Duration: Permanent

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Assistant Designer For Footwear | VIVIENNE WESTWOOD LTD

Description of job

We are currently recruiting for an Assistant Designer to join our Footwear Team at Vivienne Westwood Ltd. The successful candidate will assist the Senior Designer in the creation of our footwear collection. You will have a strong eye for design as well as strong admin and organisational skills.

The role:
– Design and develop successful footwear collections and identify and create key trends
-Responsible for illustrating designs and visualising concepts
– Work closely with the product development team
-Compile research and mood boards
-General maintenance of design studio
-Keep a documented and organised updated record of all design work throughout the design and development process.
-Review samples and attend fit sessions where necessary
-Provide detailed CAD Sheets with all relevant information for correct sampling production to suppliers
– Assist in the creation of presentations at the end of the each season
-Source leathers, materials and hardware components


Key Skills:
-Relevant Design qualification, ideally having specialised in footwear
-Knowledge of CAD for footwear
-Good knowledge of Photoshop & illustrator
-Good understanding of footwear construction
-Print design skills would be beneficial
-Commercially aware with a strong understanding of luxury products
-Creative flair
-Ability to hit the ground running – take a brief and work on your own initiative
-Strong written and verbal communication skills
-Ability to work under pressure and with strong personalities
-Strong organisational skills, attention to detail and accuracy
-Self-motivated and enthusiastic
-Excellent time management
-Previous experience in a footwear design role is essential (ideally 2-3 years minimum)
Job Summery:
Country: United Kingdom
Region: London
County: South West London
Contract: type Permanent
Availability: Full time
Salary: Based on experience
Years experience: 2 to 5 years
Starting date: Asap