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Director, Design

Country : USA USA

State : New York

Town : New York

Category : Design

Contract type : Permanent

Availability : Full time

Company presentation

Macy's is proudly America's Department Store. For more than 160 years, Macy's has served generations at every stage of their lives. Customers come to us for fashion, value and celebration.
Macy's Merchandising curates the best national and private brands to support our customer's self-expression from off-price to luxury. Merchandising ensures Macy's is the premier fashion authority using a high acumen for products and trends as well as strong relationships with vendors in the marketplace. Our team maximizes sales and gross margin for each product category by identifying, procuring, and assorting the products that our customers demand.
Do you have an eye for products and trends? Join Macy's Merchandising and create connections that surprise and delight our customers at every turn.

Assortment Vision, Strategy & Selection

Lead the Design Team in development and execution of product designs to achieve overall product strategy and merchandise objectives in a timely manner.
Set the brand seasonal fashion direction and present at Color & Concept.
Lead the Buy Meeting coordination process, including visual set-up, props, lifestyle and design presentation.
Line Development Meeting and Pre-line presentation to the Buying Team - explain the designs of the collection, align with omni partners on assortment architecture and provide any new updates in sample execution.
Coordinate line with Designers to ensure cohesive aesthetic integrity within the brands.
Develop and execute product designs that achieve overall product strategy and merchandise objectives.
Interpret seasonal fashion direction, assortment opportunities and merchandise trends for area of responsibility.
Lead the research and development of seasonal trends.
Interpret seasonal fashion direction, assortment opportunities and merchandise trends for the area of responsibility.
Produce cohesive product presentations, including boards, tear sheets, clos and samples to help sell concepts to merchants.
Prepare line and presentation material for line previews and buy meetings including color boards, concept boards, print and story boards.
Ensure designs meet merchant line plans, assortment strategies and overall creative direction.
Shop the retail market seeking new merchandise/trend ideas.
Shop the trend market seeking design inspiration (materials, fashion, color, trade shows) as needed.
Travel to Europe/Asia/Domestic markets to identify emerging themes and new inspirations and work with vendor partners.
Interpret specific color palettes, patterns and prints for the season.
Select and approves style, materials, trims and colors that fit into the program and style plans.
Responsible for creating and distributing all tech packages.
Responsible for creating and distributing color cards & pattern development sheets.
Develop flat mechanical sketches for design development packages and request development samples.
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 overseas offices for sampling.
Review development samples.

In-season Forecasting

Decide on in-season Design changes to react to sales, margin and turn forecast in partnership with Product Development and Buying Team.
Participate in strategic meetings with recommended assortments (Key Resources, Design, Team Management).
Modify the product line based on trend, sales and customer input.
Assist in identifying the key programs that comprise each classification.
Adhere to the seasonal time and action calendar for area of responsibility.

Overseas/Domestic Vendors, Marketing, Product Integrity, & Technical Design

Maintain an industry presence that allows for connections, new business opportunities and ideas at Macy's. Represent and support the Macy's brand while maintaining this presence and building relationships.
Maintain relationships with technical designers, merchants, PD/Sourcing and CAD to exchange ideas, leverage expertise and streamline the process.
First point of contact with Vendor Community(Overseas/Domestic).
Communicate regularly with Omni partner to gather input and share line development direction.
Communicate on a daily basis with overseas offices to share line development direction.
Select and approve materials, patterns and colors.
Work closely with CAD team in developing prints, graphics and yarn dyes that fit within the brand DNA and collection/delivery direction for the season.
Attend fit sessions to review and approve counter samples for design silhouette.

Job description

Job Overview:

The Design Director is responsible for creating designs exclusively for Private Brands and develops trend strategies that support merchant objectives and Macy's. This position is responsible for setting the brand/label's seasonal fashion direction. Direct all aspects of design, development, selection and approval of materials, silhouettes, colors and patterns for the season. Direct and manage the entire Design Team for the area of responsibility. The Design Director must be able to develop and execute a strategic vision, with a progressive, customer centric-approach all while delivering on sales and profit objectives. This role requires the ability to leverage technical expertise to identify opportunities and develop an assortment. A fundamental requirement is to be able to build trust with their teams and key collaborators. Another key requirement is to demonstrate curiosity in a much broader and more complex business environment transcending our traditional competitive landscape in order to re-engage our customer.

Essential Functions:

  • Have ability to set and to deliver on a strategic category vision that aligns to the Polaris Strategy and deliver financial targets.
  • Make "company first" decisions.
  • Build compelling core and curated assortments for both channels, with an appropriate balance of risk, testing of new ideas, and elevated offering.
  • Size growth opportunities, edit for clarity, and ensure localization initiatives differentiate Macy's.
  • Reduce complexity, act decisively, and model agility in leadership style.
  • Have the temperament to lead and motivate the teams.
  • Have solid understanding and focus on the digital experience and technology business drivers.
  • Have a working knowledge of Private Brands - a strong advocate for exclusivity and Private Brand penetration.
Enthusiasm, passion, and desire to gain product expertise.

  • Have ability to set and to deliver on a strategic category vision that aligns to the Polaris Strategy.
  • Communicate with candor and value open debate to ensure the best ideas come to life.
  • Consistently demonstrate regular, dependable attendance and punctuality


Qualifications and Competencies:
  • Bachelor's Degree from a 4-year college or university

  • 5+ years related experience

  • Ideally, minimum 6-8 years of industry experience.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Design or Fine Arts.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to influence.

  • Understands competitive marketplace and pursues white space opportunities that align with the Polaris Strategy.

  • Proven design expertise in a given category.

  • Competitive shop and determine action necessary to address competitive challenges. Identify any product opportunities and provide suggestions.

  • Strong color sense / print sense.

  • Ability to view and differentiate the color spectrum.

  • Proficiency in PC operation, MS office and Excel as well as Illustrator/Photoshop and PLM.

  • Ability to think creatively, strategically and technically

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule based on department and Company needs

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