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Senior Director, Cad Design – Apparel & Center Core

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 CAD Sr. Director is responsible for overseeing and managing the textile team in the creation of designs exclusively for Private Brands and developing prints and pattern work that support customer-centric Private Brands. This position is responsible for setting the global artwork direction for the Apparel Private Brand portfolio, ensuring all brands are interpreting that direction appropriately and in alignment with the DNA of their brands. The CAD Sr. 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 leveraging technical expertise and the talents of the team to identify opportunities and develop an assortment. A fundamental requirement is to build trust with their teams and key collaborators. Another critical 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 customers.
The CAD Sr. Director will lead a team of highly talented textile artists for Private Brands. This role will oversee the creation of the print collections across Private Brands, and develop a nuanced capability that is ownable for Macy's. The CAD Sr. Director will be known as a trusted, collaborative and results-oriented leader, business partner, and change agent who can lead through influence and who possesses professional maturity and industry design credibility and expertise. The ideal candidate needs to be comfortable and effective in leading through significant complexity. Candidates must be comfortable with quickly evaluating and sun-setting legacy approaches that no longer align with the strategy. The ideal candidate will be known for both vision and an equally strong orientation for speed, capability development, and team leadership.
Essential Functions:
- Lead and guide the CAD Team in the development and execution of unique textile designs to achieve overall Apparel strategy and merchandise objectives in a timely manner
- Identify incoming global trends in the market and guide team in decisions about brand and customer appropriateness
- Lead the Textile process, introduce innovations in technology, and evaluate and implement processes to optimize the productivity of the team
- Maximize the engagement of the CAD team by utilizing active listening, removing roadblocks to team success, and focusing on the career growth and potential of individuals
- Coordinate and align with the VP of Design to ensure incoming micro and macro pattern trends are being addressed across the brand portfolio
- Develop and execute textile collections that achieve overall product strategy and merchandise objectives
- Interpret global textile direction, assortment opportunities, and merchandise pattern trends across all brands in the portfolio
- Lead the research and development of global trends, macro shifts, and gaps in assortment, ensuring these trends are executed uniquely for brands, avoiding duplication
- Guide the team in producing cohesive textile presentations, including virtual or physical artwork boards, artwork headers, and tear sheets to help build concepts that represent our customer's needs.
- Encourage and guide the team to know their customer, brand, and category intimately, immersing themselves in the customer experience.
- Ensure design strategy + merchant strategies align, and build creative direction to support.
- Travel to Europe/Asia/Domestic markets to identify emerging themes and new inspirations and work with vendor partners
- Guide the team to modify the textile designs based on trend, sales, and customer input
- Manage and adhere to the seasonal time and action calendar for all brands in the portfolio
- 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 merchants, PD/Sourcing, Apparel Design, and Color to exchange ideas, leverage expertise, and streamline the process
- Evaluate white space in talent and technique, develop strategic and thoughtful solutions to continue textile center of excellence
- Communicate with Omni partner to gather input on textile development and share the direction
- Communicate with overseas offices when needed for proper textile execution


- Bachelor's Degree in Design, Fine arts, or related degree or equivalent experience.
- 15+ years of experience in textile design and development in a retail or wholesale environment
- Leadership experience of a team 10+ members
- Strong sense of print trends, the industry landscape, and drive for innovation in the space.
- In-Depth knowledge of textile design and development process for apparel
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to influence, and deliver impactful presentations.
- Strong understanding of team dynamics and ability to demonstrate a growth mindset
- Able to develop, plan, and present given category of business.
- Deep subject matter expertise in the textile competitive market.
- Strong collaboration, interpersonal, and showcased ability to work with cross-brand teams
- Competitive shop and determine the action necessary to address competitive challenges. Identify any product opportunities and provide suggestions.
- Strong knowledge of technology and textile programs such as Adobe Creative Suite
- Ability to prioritize and manage workload with multiple deadlines
- Commitment to DEI initiatives, and measured focused on inclusivity
- An inspirational leader with the ability to identify, engage and motivate talent with a future-oriented mindset.
- Proficiency in PC operation, MS office, and Excel as well as Illustrator/Photoshop and PLM
- Ability to work a flexible schedule based on department and Company needs.
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