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Job: Senior Apparel/Fashion Product Designer

Active since 15-12-2017 Job category Graphics (Design / DTP)
Location Midsomer Norton Level Management
Educational level Bachelor / Graduate Employment type Permanent contract
Hours 37 Salary £ Competitive + Benefits
Senior Apparel/Fashion Product Designer

Fantastic opportunity for a Senior Product Designer who will be responsible for overseeing both the Workwear and DickiesLife products within our EMEA product portfolio.

This role will focus on developing commercial, distinctive and fit-for-purpose ranges each season, identifying new and exciting trends for the customer, whilst working closely with the relevant buying team.

As a Senior Product Designer, you will have managerial responsibility and be expected to develop and support your team fully.

Reporting directly to the Merchandising Director, this role will involve designing the workwear and DickiesLife range for the core sector as well as having input into the heavy technical workwear side of the business. An interest or experience in footwear would be an advantage

Key Directives

  • Creating impactful presentations that reflect the extensive capability of the Dickies life and Dickies business
  • Driving the importance of innovation, creativity and continue to cement relevant brand product and Dickies DNA throughout all facets of design
  • Design product lines that are commercially viable and meet the requirements of WDEU and our customers for quality, design, price, and position
  • Manage the product development process, from design conception through to fabric development and preparation for production
  • Customer interface – Collaborations with Account Managers and external clients


The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements

  • Fashion Design degree or similar qualification with 8+years industry experience in multi-apparel mens/womenswear.
  • Previous design experience creating technical performance, outerwear or workwear ranges would be highly advantageous.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects from concept to delivery, collaborating with the Design team on an effective work-flow to achieve deadlines. Excellent time management is therefore crucial.
  • A good knowledge of garment construction, textiles and manufacturing coupled with a creative flair and the ability to think outside of the box.
  • Excellent presentation and selling skills, with the ability to back up ideas shown with good market information to give the wider business confidence in what we are showing them is correct
  • A detailed knowledge of the technical elements of design and be able to work closely with factories
  • good knowledge of core and technical fabrications, construction, and working with fabric mills closely
  • Self-motivated. A strong team player and communicator, able to work with people at all levels with a “can do attitude”.
  • Confident ability to develop and manipulate graphics, prints, slogans, embellishments is essential.
  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft PowerPoint, Office and Excel.
What we offer
  • £ Competitive salary
  • Monday to Friday (37.5 hours) per week
  • 25 Days Holiday (rising to 27) + Bank Holidays
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Income Protection
  • Life Assurance
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Generous Staff Discount on Quality Clothing
  • Friendly Company Culture and Relaxed Working Environment

About the Company

Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company is part of VF Corporation, a Plc and global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with authentic brands such as:

  • North Face
  • Timberland
  • Vans
  • Wrangler
  • Lee
  • Eastpak
  • Dickies

VF and Williamson-Dickie combined have corporate Headquarters in every global region, in addition to hundreds of other offices and facilities spanning the globe. VF 2017 revenue is currently estimated at c$12.1 billion.


The detailed job specification

  • Present detailed line of ranges to the Buyers, once in receipt of design brief from Product Development Committee.
  • Lead and contribute to the creation of Seasonal Concept stories providing trend overview, must-haves and colour palettes that are brand appropriate
  • Create designs that support line plans, assortment strategies, price points that are consistent with current market trends and company goals.
  • Create CAD range packages and presentations for MTO opportunities for key account customers or development collabs.
  • Lead design and presentation creation for all large tender projects.
  • Initiate the development of fabric and textiles including print graphics.
  • Always be comp shopping for inspiration and product opportunities, identifies the right style, quality and value consistent with our market.
  • Compiling trend reports from Consumer Research, Catwalks, blogs, editorial and social media and leading the rest of the team with this research
  • Work with wider teams to develop product from design concept to final garment approval and technical pack handover for submission to factories/supply base
  • Supporting with the management of the team, addressing any issues such as the content of design packs and advising on any technical information required working closer with the tech team.
  • Assess sampling to ensure meets aesthetics and quality accordance to spec.
  • Liaise with internal teams, factories and suppliers, to ensure artwork is well-received, understood and interpreted correctly.
  • Participate in range reviews, assessing best and slow sellers
  • Develop new sources for fabric and trims
  • Undertake factory visits and attend Trade and Trend shows, providing detailed feedback to the Buying teams
  • Be aware of new factories and their techniques (i.e. new washes, print or embroidery techniques)
  • To develop and acquire a commercial awareness of garment costs in order to provide design solutions with creative focus whilst still in accordance with the customer’s budget.
  • Prepare presentation boards, attend client meetings as required.
More information
This listing is a full-time job

Job category Graphics (Design / DTP)
Industry / Industries Retail / Wholesale
Region South West

Contact information

Name Gillian Pears