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Associate Design Director

Company: Boston Proper
Location: Boca Raton
Posted on: November 23, 2022

Job Description:

We hold our people, our customers, and our brand in the highest regard. Our people drive our businesses, so we strive to attract the best in our industry. They have different life experiences, educational and cultural backgrounds, but they share many things in common: a commitment to teamwork, to growing great brands, and to building a future full of possibilities. At Boston Proper, we put our passion and expertise into everything we do. You'll find it in our commitment to unique designs and polished looks that help women feel as fearlessly feminine and as beautifully powerful as they are. We are searching for an Associate Design Director to join our amazing team. The Associate Design Director at Boston Proper will be responsible for the design, development, selection and approval of materials, trims, silhouettes, colors and patterns for the dresses and sportwear collection categories. In addition, this person will support the VP Design, Trend & Technical Design in developing and executing a strategic vision, with a progressive, customer centric-approach all while delivering on sales and profit objectives. You also can leverage technical expertise to identify opportunities and develop an assortment.

  • This role will be known as a trusted, collaborative and results-oriented leader.
  • A business partner and change agent who can lead through influence and who possesses professional maturity and industry credibility.
  • Lead and comfortable leading through significant complexity.
  • Help with vision and strong orientation for speed and execution.
  • Engages team to examine current practices and encourages creative thinking about how things could be more effective and efficient.
  • Influences others in a clear, confident, and composed manner; tailors messaging for the audience and is able to gain support and commitment from others.
  • Comfortable with taking risks and celebrating risk taking regardless of outcome.
  • Collaborative, consultative style with a strong ability to establish trust and build relationships across all levels and functions of the organization. Key Responsibilities:
    • Interpret seasonal fashion direction, assortment opportunities and merchandise trends for areas of responsibility
    • Ensure designs meet merchant line plans, assortment strategies and overall creative direction of the brand
    • Shop the retail trend market seeking design inspiration (materials, fashion, color, print trade shows) as needed
    • Interpret specific color palettes, patterns, novelty trims and prints for the season into wearable styles
    • Select and approve style, materials, trims and colors that fit into the program and style plans
    • Work with product development & sourcing to create and distribute fabric development packages
    • Participate in research and development of seasonal trends
    • Produce cohesive product presentations, including boards, tear sheets, sketches and samples to help sell concepts to merchants
    • Prepare line and presentation material for line development meetings including color boards/concept boards/line sheets, etc.
    • Develop flat mechanical sketches for design development packages as needed
    • Responsible for tracking and approving labs dips, fabric samples, strike-offs and other development materials
    • Compile design development packages and distribute to technical design and vendors for sampling
    • Review development samples with cross functional partners to continue to improve sample development and vendor execution - Lead, develop, and coach performance of direct reports
      • Maintain successful relationships with cross-functional team to exchange ideas, leverage expertise and streamline the process.
      • Attend fit sessions to review and approve counter samples for design silhouette.
      • Communicate directly with product design and development on style creation, fabrics, trims and layouts. Experience/Requirements:
        • Bachelor's Degree in Design or Fine Arts
        • 7+ years of working retail experience, preferably fashion retail, with strong performance track record
        • Proven design expertise in dresses, collections, fashion tops and denim with sophisticated design vision; strong color / print sensibility and love for novelty detail
        • Able to develop, plan, present given category of business
        • Understanding of competitive marketplace and pursues white space opportunities
        • Experience in leading, developing, and coaching performance of direct reports
        • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to influence
        • Successful collaboration with cross-functional teams; proven track of building successful work relationships
        • Ability to prioritize and manage workload with multiple deadlines
        • Highly skilled with both envision and production execution
        • Working knowledge and use of Illustrator, Photoshop, and PLM
        • Ability to view and differentiate the color spectrum
        • Ability to work a flexible schedule based on department and company needs.
        • Ability to travel domestically/internationally for market research/shopping for concept ideas.
          Company Benefits
          • 401k with company match
          • Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision and Life/ADD Insurance
          • Flexible and generous Paid Time Off policy
          • Merchandise Discount
          • Company Bonus
          • Pet Insurance
          • Boston Proper Values
          • Team loves to work hard and have fun

Keywords: Boston Proper, Boca Raton , Associate Design Director, Executive , Boca Raton, Florida

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