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DESIGNER – ACTIVE & SWIM (Innovative & Trend-Appropriate)

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Create and execute innovative, trend-appropriate design concepts that meet market needs and drive sales.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop comprehensive knowledge of the active and swim customer & competition through regular shopping of the retail floor
  • Research and identify trend directions; perform and review competitive analysis; oversee and review fabrics, design concepts, presentation boards for meetings, mock-ups, inspirational photos
  • Create a trusted aesthetic that is brand aligned
  • Create and send completed tech packs/PLM collaborations- Strong PLM skills
  • Attend proto fittings/problem solve.
  • Partner with technical designers while building product.  Create patterns when needed.
  • Adhere to the seasonal time and action calendar for area of responsibility
  • Communicate regularly with product development manager to gather input and share line development direction
  • Communicate on a daily basis with factories to share line development direction or product changes
  • Provide leadership on styling, fabrication, and color development, as well as technical innovation.
  • Design and execute development of initial seasonal category in context of larger assortment and cost structure.  Ensure timely execution of product development calendar.
  • Incorporate knowledge of cost of goods, suggested retail pricing, and margin implications into the development of line.
  • Develop and present product line to internal teams and management (explain and teach features and benefits).
  • Understand and incorporate consumer preferences, retail customer needs, competitor activity, and other trends relating to product categories and segments.

Required Qualifications:

  • BA or BS degree in the field of design is a strong plus
  • A minimum of 5+ years in apparel development and fashion design.
  • Specific expertise in Active, a must.  Swim experience a plus.
  • Contribute positively to team dynamic and manage up where necessary
  • Ability to support Director
  • Ability to focus, manage time, multi-task, and meet deadlines in a fast pace environment; work independently
  • A hungry, meticulous go-getter who works with a sense of urgency and knows how to prioritize
  • Problem solver skills
  • Possess the capacity to absorb large amounts of information
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload with multiple deadlines
  • Demonstrate creative ability and commercialize accordingly
  • Excellent communication skills via phone and email
  • Positive attitude / Team player
  • Strong creative and innovative thinking. Knowledge of building garment specifications and expanded technical experience in functional garments.
  • Experience communicating with domestic and off shore manufacturing facilities.
  • Superior organizational skills and excellent communication skills; team oriented
  • Travel to vendors to work on development and execution of product.
  • Advanced skills in Illustrator and PS, CAD

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DESIGNER – ACTIVE & SWIM (Innovative & Trend-Appropriate)
Organization: Spanx
Location: Atlanta, Georgia