Design Manager (Casualwear) - Mat Cover - Dorothy Perkins


Who we are:

Fashion isn’t just what we know, it’s what we love. With signature prints, seasonal must haves, wardrobe essentials and pieces for every occasion, our collections are exciting, feminine, versatile and affordable. Dorothy Perkins is for every woman: our clothes come in sizes 6 to 28 with dedicated Tall, Petite, Plus Size and Maternity collections, all with a focus on a feminine, flattering fit. With an extensive selection of shoes, boots, bags and accessories, you can find the perfect finishing touches at DP. Plus, with weekly in-store updates and daily online drops, there’s always something new to discover.

We already know a thing or two about making our customer feel great but that doesn’t stop us constantly looking for new ways to drive the business forwards. Dorothy Perkins is full of passionate people who like to work hard and love what they do and we are always on the lookout for talented people who want to make a difference.

As well as our Retail and Digital channels, our International presence continues to grow with our Wholesale and Franchise partnerships - If you want to be part of our dynamic, global business.

The Role:

The purpose of the role is to be an integral part of the Dorothy Perkins Management team, responsible for Casual wear creative direction, overseeing the delivery of the range in partnership with the brand product teams and to work within the Design Director and wider Management Team contributing to delivering the Brand strategy, strengthening Dorothy Perkins market position and increasing profit.

Day to Day:

  • Works as an integral part of the Dorothy Perkins management team reporting to the Design Director. Operates as a strategic Design Manager, overseeing the Casualwear design team and their processes, demonstrating best practice at all times
  • Builds effective relationships at all levels to inspire and influence for the best commercial results
  • Demonstrates full ownership and responsibility for the output of the Casualwear Design team at all time

Maximises Design Performance

  • Leads the creative direction of Dorothy Perkins Casualwear within the creative vision of the Design Director
  • Provides strong and consistent trend analysis and product direction. Owns the process of range building to include seasonal key looks and ‘must have’ key shapes appropriate for the Dorothy Perkins customer
  • Works closely with Design Director, Buying Director, B&M, HOBs to generate and communicate seasonal key looks and product direction
  • Displays an in-depth, customer-focused knowledge of the competitive market and trends
  • Ability to shop internationally to generate product within specific Brand parameters
  • Contributes to the successful management of product-focused key events such Press Days and Design presentations
  • Regularly reviews processes within Design to continually drive improvements and ensure maximum efficiency and high performance

Develops a High Performing Team

  • Motivates and develops the in-house Casualwear design team; will have a good track record of leading and working within a high performing Design and Buying team
  • Provides positive leadership and support to the Casualwear team
  • Supports the brand strategy and encourages others to do so
  • Pre-empts the need for, and manages change, supporting teams throughout the process.
  • Builds a strong team with a focus on succession planning
  • Deals with people issues promptly and appropriately

Communicates Effectively

  • Able to drive and influence effective communication between Design and all other brand functions to ensure key messages are communicated across the business
  • Builds and maintains a strong, varied network of contacts and communicates with all to achieve positive outcomes

Must Haves:

  • Excellent creative talent with the ability to accurately interpret future trends, themes, colours and shapes
  • Combines a creative, innovative skill set with a strong commercial awareness
  • Self-starter with the ability to work under minimal supervision and guidance
  • Strong team player and people manager - able to gain trust, respect and confidence quickly and effectively
  • The proven ability to drive performance of external as well as internal teams
  • Enthusiasm, energy and determination to achieve results
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – being able to quickly establish effective relationships at all levels (internal and external) with gravitas and strength
  • Strong and convincing presentation skills – able to get ideas across effectively and gain relevant support
  • Strong facilitation skills – able to lead a team creatively
  • Works within budget guidelines at all times

The exciting Part

  • Early finish Fridays during Summer!
  • 25% discount across all our fab 8 brands to shop until you drop
  • Stunning London offices with a restaurant, bar and beauty salon to always look and feel your best
  • Regular sample sales to refresh your wardrobe at fractional prices
  • Fun, inspiring and ambitious colleagues pushing the boundaries across the whole business
  • Regular competitions to win amazing prizes
  • Events to support our diverse range of charities

We regret, due to volume, only suitable applicants will be contacted.

You’ll find every Arcadia brand shares the same values. We all start with letting people be themselves. We are informal while professional, and we are all about mixing fun with commercial nous. Throughout your career with us we will help you develop, and give you the chance to influence our future. It's not only our products but our people who drive our success. Our people are at the heart of everything we do.