Product Development/ Design Team Manager - Fashion

Cast UK Limited
£40k - £45k pa + bonus + benefits
04 Oct 2017
02 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Role Title Product Development/ Design Team Manager - Fashion North West Up to £45k + bonus + benefits Role Profile Our client, a growing fast-fashion retailer, is looking to appoint a Product Development/ Design Team Manager to a newly created role within the business where you will be at the heart of the creative concept of the business. With a team of highly skilled and creative designers reporting to you, you will be in charge of ensuring the brand vision comes to life through collections and crucially, are delivered on time and in budget. You will be a natural leader with experience in a design, product development or buying manager role who relishes a challenge and is naturally assertive to drive the team forward to further success. This is not a hands-on creative role but a managerial one to direct the team to ensure deadlines are met therefore experience of the following is essential; critical path management, factory auditing and managing the performance of a team. You will report directly to the Head of Product and communicate successes and opportunities in the design and development process. This is a brilliant opportunity for an enthusiastic and inspirational individual with proven team management skills to join a well-known fast-fashion retailer growing at a massive rate. Responsibilities - Managing all development meetings with Buyers - Requesting prices from factories and negotiation - General management of orders from the UK and abroad - Managing the critical path on sealing and fabric approvals - Liaising with the design team to ensure samples are made promptly & on time for sign-off meetings - Managing workload of garment technologist - Commercial awareness and ability to translate into collections through designers - Signing off collections along with Head of Product - Managing budgets for design and development - Working with the Creative Manager to ensure campaigns are seamless from design to market - People management, developing team KPIs and progression - Recruitment of more talented individuals into the design team - Attending and leading all design meetings with ambassadors as well as designers Skills, Experience & Personal Attributes - Experience in a similar role i.e. Design/ Product Development/ Buying Manager - Highly organised problem solver - Strong communicator/ delegator - Sound commercial understanding - Able to cope with the pressure of a fast-paced working environment - Strong grasp of current trends - Knowledge of garment tech - Critical path management - Experience managing the performance of a team - Proven managerial experience of at least 3 years, fast fashion preferred but not essential - Factory auditing experience would be desirable Client information Our client is a growing fast-fashion retailer based in the North West. Remuneration Up to £45k (negotiable depending on skills & experience) + bonus + benefits About Cast UK Cast UK is a leading executive consultancy, providing national recruitment solutions to both clients and candidates. Specialising in HR, Procurement, Buying, Supply Chain, and Logistics, each member of our specialist team has a professional background specific to their recruiting sector. With this unique insight and knowledge, our consultants are able to place individuals from trainee through to main board. For more information on Cast UK and a complete list of all of our current vacancies, please visit **************
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