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Director, Design - Denim

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.

Job description

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

Profile

- 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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