Senior Designer - Cold Weather/Soft Accessories

Ref: MON09586
Salary: Competitive salary & benefits package
Department: Design
Location: Notting Hill Village, London (W11)
Position type: Permanent
Hours / Duration: 37.5 hours

We have an exciting opportunity for an established designer to join our inspirational Accessorize Design team working on the Cold Weather Accessories (Soft Accessories) range.
Accessorize is a fast paced, exciting and unique Company with continual growth potential.  Combining your commercial awareness with your creativity, you will design across various product areas and input into the overall brand.  If you’re an experienced Designer or Senior Designer and are looking for a new challenge experienced in Knitwear design and/or soft accessories, and are looking to work on an exciting product area in a creative environment, then we would like to hear from you!


What will you do as a Senior Designer?
•To assist and support the Department & Line Manager in developing and designing an original and innovative range in line with the Accessorize handwriting.
•Responsibilities would be to cover cold weather/ soft accessories and slippers (hats, gloves, scarves and ponchos).
•Responsible for range building with the buying team. Designing a coherent and commercial range, producing design briefs for factories, liaising with suppliers with support from the Design Manager
•Support & work with the other senior teams on seasonal themes and trends from concept stage to final presentation.  Assist with compiling mood boards & colour palettes.
•Source new ideas from inspirational trips within the UK, trade fairs, trend publications and web.  Compile reports and feedback to the design team.
•Being able to identify and interpret key catwalk trends for the Accessorize customer
•Identify mini trends throughout the season and ensure information is related to both the design department as well as the buying department by presenting boards & reports
•Produce concise and directional product direction boards which identify key colours, key shapes/items, key techniques, key details and key fabrications for the season.
•Collate & manage critical path, measure own hit rate and plan time effectively to meet sign offs / product review. Drive right first time sampling within product category.
•Support with fast fashion deadlines & offer solutions to improve process.
•Overseas travel may be required

What you will need to succeed as a Senior Designer?
•A general knowledge of knitwear is essential
•Knowledge of Easy Knit program would be an advantage
•Proven experience of designing accessories.
•Ability to work across multi product areas if requested to support other areas.
•Used to working on own initiative & be able to solely present a range.
•Ability to CAD using either Photoshop or Illustrator as well as freehand sketching.
•Previous experience of working with suppliers in the Far East is desirable.
•You will be able to demonstrate your design flair and an understanding of the Accessorize ‘handwriting’.
•Passionate about the Monsoon Accessorize brand, design and fashion.
•Proven design experience coming from a similar retailer or high end design orientated supplier
•Strong Communication skills
•Excellent time management skills

What are we like to work for?
We take the development of our people pretty seriously. Why? First of all, we know it’s a reason why talented people are attracted to and stay at Monsoon Accessorize – to further their careers and to play a part in growing a successful business. Secondly, it makes sense for us to have a team of engaged, passionate and inspirational people.  Did you know that last year, we raised over £100K through our Monsoon Charity Trust fund raise?  You will enjoy a fantastic benefits package which includes an amazing discount across our brands, up to 25 days holiday, pension, life assurance 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 generous discounts and the opportunity to ride a tax free bike to work to name a few!


If you feel you have the potential to become a Senior Designer, please apply now!

Please ensure that you upload relevant portfolio images along with your CV that are relevant to the Accessorize brand and Soft Accessories & Cold Weather Designer role which reflect your strong sense of colour, creativity, accessories design and drawing skills.

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