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10062-Sr Product Development Designer

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Aquent is looking for a Senior Product Development Designer for our Fortune 500 client who will be responsible for the following:  
Job Summary:  Manages and develops private label apparel design and artwork for specific product classifications. Executes according to the strategic merchandise plan as determined by manager. Develops strong customer service and working relationships with internal and external contacts. Communicates a compelling vision. Inspires and develops direct reports. Consistently shops all levels of stores including our own for fashion/trends/color direction and value.  Areas of Responsibility:   Manages design activities surrounding selected Private Label programs. Continually researches Color & Trend information. Has full knowledge of competitive products/brands. Independently travels domestically and overseas to retail shop and attend print and fabric shows. Interprets design concepts and develops them into new products. Develops concept boards, sketch library, designs artwork and selects standards using trend and color services. Selects and purchases original artwork and negotiates pricing.   Designs, develops and executes technically accurate artwork for TJX’s private label programs, working with the Product Development team from the concept meeting through the prototype process and artwork execution. Updates the status of multiple projects, anticipating problems and devising solutions. Offers strategic/cost effective solutions as needed.   Selects, negotiates, manages and evaluates in-house freelance services for artwork development. Ensures strict deadlines are met. Provides direction and delegates projects to freelancers based on ability.   Oversees and maintains trend information, retail information, color and resource library.   Provides appropriate direction and support to associates. Sets goals and measures progress against them. Conducts performance reviews through ongoing feedback and documentation.   Performs special projects, as assigned.  Develops and implements methods to improve efficiencies and ensures best practices Regularly evaluates freelance and external resource base Negotiates fees for freelance artists Purchases artwork and development samples within R & D budget Recommends potential candidates to hire or promote Recommends appropriate creative direction Recommends new techniques, fabrics, finishes to buyers to ensure that HomeGoods' private label product is always the most current market trends   

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