Designer - Monsoon

Ref: MON10531
Salary: Competitive salary & attractive benefits
Department: Design
Location: Notting Hill Village, London (W11)
Position type: Permanent
Hours / Duration: 37.5 hours per week

Our founder Peter Simon, travelled to India in 1973 and brought back beautiful, bohemian product to sell on a market stall in Notting Hill. Today Monsoon continues with a boutique feel, spanning a breath of categories from casualwear to occasion & beach.  Monsoon heritage & values make us an individual brand with the ability to stand out vs the competition and stand the test of time.

Monsoon are excited to be looking for an experienced Designer to join our Monsoon Design team covering Ladies Daywear Softs, with full ownership of soft tops across woven and jersey. We are looking for a creative individual who has around 5 years’ experience as a Designer or Junior Designer within womenswear. You will be an individual who is driven, and confident at working at pace. You will manage 1 direct report who works on our Occasion wear product, so management experience is essential.

What will you do as a Designer?
• Trend research and Sourcing - identify seasonal trends as appropriate for the brand, including key fashion profiles, colours, fabrications and ‘must haves’ for the season. Contribute to and oversee strong and new reference material including industry knowledge and research for the department to use throughout the season. Ensure identified trends are actioned through to sign off stage.
• Creative inspiration – actively compile fashion research into seasonal themes, mood boards, colour palettes and trend reactive projects
• Assist in planning and overseeing the Critical Path for your product areas, ensuring effective communication with all contacts, respond proactively to business requirements demonstrating a flexible, can-do approach and using initiative to provide solutions.
• Range building – identify opportunities within product category, attend key trade meetings
• Producing / creating Design briefs
• Ad hoc travel may be required to conduct product development and inspirational trips

What you will need to succeed a Designer?
• Creative and technical ability to design multi-product collection
• 5 years’ experience as a Designer or Junior Designer
• Experience designing Occasion wear is preferable but not essential
• Experience in development across multi-regional supply base
• Good experience with fabrication and understands newness through fabric
• Experience in working with in house print team and be able to work on embroidery layout.
• Collaborative approach to range development with a strong understanding of buying, merchandising and technical functions
• Ability to use CAD as well as freehand Sketching and designing
• Good eye for colour
• Experience of working with Buying teams
• Ability to demonstrate an understanding or ‘brand handwriting’ and take it to the next level
• Self-motivated, enthusiastic and an ability to work under own initiative
• Confident and articulate communicator with an ability to build strong relationships
• Ability to deliver to tight timescales and work under pressure
• Educated to a degree level or equivalent within fashion, textile or print surface design

What are we like to work for?
Monsoon is a unique brand looking for the best talent out there to continue its journey. You will enjoy a fantastic benefits package which includes up to 70% discount across all three of our brands, up to 25 days holiday, pension and an interest free season ticket card loan.  We also provide a great range of Voluntary benefits with external companies that you can take advantage of such as discounts on gym memberships at GYMBOX and Ride your Bike to work scheme. We also enjoy a new Flexi-time policy and pay day early finishes!


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