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….


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!

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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


Footwear & Plastics Technicians

Our client is an Orthotics Manufacturer based in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire that is currently going through a period of growth. Due to this growth they are looking for people with footwear and plastics manufacturing skills to enhance their team. We would like to speak to anyone with skills in these sectors, but we would particularly like to hear from anyone with the following skills:

As the Footwear Technician your duties will be to:

  • Manufacture bespoke last and casts;
  • Hand lasting;
  • Model making;
  • Building up of lasts with cork to specification;
  • Sole maker, to include adapting soles to specific requirements;
  • Alteration of footwear after fitting;
  • Alteration of lasts using grindery machinery.

To be successful as a Footwear Technician you will have the following skills and experience:

  • Must have experience in the following areas –
    • Engineering;
    • Wood working;
    • Use of hand grinding machines;
    • Use of Lathes;
  • Outstanding hand / eye coordination;
  • Precise measuring skills;
  • Modelling skills;
  • Must have previous experience of operating manufacturing machinery;
  • Be able to read clinical orders accurately.

As the Plastics Technician your duties will include:

  • Rectification of plaster casts;
  • Moulding plastic;
  • Trimming and buffing plastic to meet order specifications.

To be a successful Plastics Technician you will have the following skills and experience:

  • Must have previous experience of operating manufacturing machinery;
  • Must have experience in the following areas;
    • Engineering;
    • Wood working;
    • Use of hand grinding machines;
    • Use of Lathes;
  • Outstanding hand / eye coordination;
  • Excellent eye for detail;
  • Precise measuring skills;
  • Modelling skills;
  • Be able to read clinical orders accurately.

The working hours will be – Monday – Thursday 07:30 – 16:30 and Friday 07:30 – 12:30. In return you will receive a competitive salary dependent on your experience plus 25 days holiday.