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.


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


Assistant Manager – Lab & Quality Assurance | Bata Shoe Co. (Bangladesh) Ltd.

No. of  Vacancies
Job Description / Responsibility
  • To manage Laboratory activities by maintaining harmonious and peaceful with your workforce and efficient utilization of machineries and test material available with you.
  • To make sure that no consignment of raw material is received and issued to production department unless tested and approved by the laboratory.
  • To carry out in process quality control tests i.e adhesion, tensile strength, flexing etc on daily basis and confirm that Bata Shoe Organization minimum quality specification are maintained.
  • To ensure quality of shoe by ensuring regular checking and testing.
  • To manage PU pouring operations by ensuring regular checking and testing.
Job Nature
Educational Requirements
    Bachelor/ Masters in Chemistry/ Applied Chemistry or B.Sc/ M.Sc major in Polymer Engineering
Experience Requirements
    4 to 9 year(s)
Additional Job Requirements
  • Age 25 to 35 year(s)
  • Sound knowledge on different types of tests used in Laboratory
  • Excellent inter-personal and negotiation skills;
  • Team player with flexibility and adaptability;
  • Operating computer (MS Office, email, internet).
  • Result driven & innovative thinking skills;
  • Adequate knowledge on manufacturing/production process
Job Location
    Anywhere in Bangladesh
Salary Range
Other Benefits
    As per company policy
Published On:
 Jun 10, 2015
Application Deadline :
Jun 25, 2015
Job Source Online Job Posting

Quality Assurance Officer | Bata Shoe Co. (Bangladesh) Ltd.

No. of  Vacancies
Job Description / Responsibility
  • To ensure good quality leather at source.
  • Monitor leather grading Quality Assurance on daily basis.
  • Assist Quality Assurance Manager to make action plan for improving leather quality.
  • Make Re-engineering at production process to solve leather quality related issues.
  • Able to work in tannery industry and achieve the given target.
Job Nature
Educational Requirements
    B.Sc/ M.Sc major in Leather Engineering (Applicants working as leather technologist having minimum 4 years experience can also apply)
Additional Job Requirements
  • Age 22 to 28 year(s)
  • Sound knowledge on different types of leather and tannery industry
  • Excellent inter-personal and negotiation skills;
  • Team player with flexibility and adaptability;
  • Operating computer (MS Office, email, internet).
  • Result driven & innovative thinking skills;
  • Adequate knowledge on quality assurance process
Job Location
    Anywhere in Bangladesh
Salary Range
Other Benefits
    As per company policy
Published On:
 Jun 11, 2015
Application Deadline :
Jun 25, 2015
Job Source Online Job Posting

Sr. Officer (Shift In-charge), Production । Bata Shoe Co. (Bangladesh) Ltd.

No. of  Vacancies
Job Description / Responsibility
  • To check daily attendance and absenteeism and make necessary adjustment to meet the required output.
  • To check quality of the material while receiving as per reference sample and to take corrective action where necessary.
  • To ensure that finished products/components produced in your Dept. are supplied plan by plan. Products components form one plan are not used to make up shortage of another plan.
  • To supervise closely the production of new products/articles. Necessary coordination to be maintained with the concern designer, Product Development Manager and Lab. Manager. Top priority should be given in this regard.
  • To ensure that the workshop under your control is always clean & tidy in top order.
  • To ensure discipline in your area during working hours and to see welfare of the workers.
  • To maintain relationships with operators, charge hands and instructors through inter-flow, Quality conference, Counseling etc.
  • To coordinate with Purchase dept. Costing & Efficiency dept. Merchandizing, Product Development, Accounts, Associate Business Unit, Central Distribution Center & other departments for the issues related to them.
  • Any other job assigned to you by your supervisor or under signed.
Job Nature
Educational Requirements
    B.Sc/ M.Sc major in Footwear/Leather Engineering/Industrial & Production Engineering-IPE/ Chemical Engineering/ Chemistry/ Mechanical Engineering/ Polymer Science (Education may be relaxed only for candidates have quality experience)
Experience Requirements
    1 to 4 year(s)
Additional Job Requirements
  • Age 23 to 29 year(s)
  • Sound knowledge on production/manufacturing process
  • Excellent inter-personal and negotiation skills;
  • Team player with flexibility and adaptability;
  • Operating computer (MS Office, email, internet).
  • Result driven & innovative thinking skills;
  • Operating computer (MS Office, email, internet).
Job Location
    Anywhere in Bangladesh
Salary Range
Other Benefits
    As per company policy
Published On:
 Jun 2, 2015
Application Deadline
Jun 15, 2015
Job Source Online Job Posting