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Design Manager

Listing ID: 1207952

Design Manager

Type of Position: Permanent Position
Company / Organisation / Artist Name: Amanda Wakeley
Location: West London, London, UK
Hours: Full Time
Deadline: Ongoing
Ad Expires In: 1 month 3 days
About: Amanda Wakeley is British lifestyle luxury brand that captures the style sensibilities of its Founder and Creative Director, Amanda Wakeley. The collection, recognised for clean lines, impeccable fit and sports luxe detail is designed to take women through every aspect of their life’s journey. Encompassing everything from beautifully cut ready-to-wear pieces, luxury handbags, small leather goods and a world-renowned wedding dress collection, Amanda Wakeley Bridal. Amanda’s designs provide stylish solutions for the multi-tasking Wakeley Woman.


  • Plan and develop multi-product collections in line with the business strategy and brand aesthetic
  • Work closely with the Creative Director, Head of Merchandising and Wholesale to develop collection strategy and merch plan
  • Work within set sampling budgets and with set target prices; monitoring cost and target price throughout the design and development process
  • Create mood, shape and trend boards.
  • To source and select fabrics and trims in line with merch plan, target price and brand aesthetic.
  • Liaise with Mills and fabric agents as well as attend showrooms and textile exhibitions- Premier Vision and The London Textile Fair.
  • Produce designs and technical specifications and provide detailed briefs to pattern cutters.
  • Evolve existing designs and blocks to add newness to commercially proven styles
  • Ensuring critical path dates are met.
  • Market research of competitive product and future trends to inform collection
  • Work closely with product development, production and technical to deliver collection and critical path
  • Fit garments from toile stage through to production
  • Regularly liaise with Sales, buying and ecommerce on collection feedback
  • Attend weekly floor walks to monitor performance of collection
  • Attend weekly website walks to monitor online performance of the collection and to help ensure that the collection visuals and messaging are on brand
  • Own the CP from a design perspective and work with other departments to ensure all other stages of the critical path are met
  • Follow the product through from conception to the sales so that should any issues arise in production you are an active part of the solution
  • Conduct in seasonal collection training for sales staff
  • Deliver seasonal presentations of collections and creative direction in terms of shape, colour, fabrics and inspiration.
  • Deputise for creative director in her absence.
  • Attend Lookbook and ecommerce photoshoots, playing an active role in the visual communication of the collection

Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Experience of designing for a Luxury brand
  • Experience of designing multi product RTW collections - tailoring, outerwear, dresses, soft separates, occasionwear, eveningwear, knitwear
  • An excellent understanding of garment construction and the fitting process
  • Experience of working with costings and margins and their implications on the garment development process
  • A design aesthetic inline with the Amanda Wakeley brand accompanied with a commercial eye
  • Ability to take a design and interpret into a detailed technical spec to be interpreted by pattern cutters
  • Excellent knowledge of fabrics and existing relationships with European and international fabric mills
  • Confidently Liaise with overseas factories and mills for product development and fabric development
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as collaboratively with other departments
  • Ability to create good working partnerships.
  • A good eye for colour and print
  • Strong written and visual communication skills
  • Strong photoshop skills
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to prioritise work and be reactive to rapidly changing situations.
  • The ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Commercial awareness and knowledge of current market.
  • Strong written and visual communication skills
  • Strong verbal communication skills and the ability to manage up as well as down. 

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