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Design Manager

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Are you a Design Manager with experience with patterns, trend research and graphics for accessories, fashion and/or home? Top Entertainment client is seeking a top-notch Design Manager for a 2 month temporary assignment with potential to extend!

Description 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: TREND and DESIGN 
• Interpret product trends, graphic vision and trends into successful product lines 
• Conduct constant Trend Research across multiple avenues regarding influences in all consumer segment markets, including key product types, competition, retail, and trend services 
• Partner with Accessory and Fashion and Home teams to compliment and co-ordinate development 
• Develop special trend presentations and creative direction as needed, for key retail partners 
• Work with Director to develop strong Franchise/Licensing, Global Creative, and Licensee partnerships with regard to design, vision and execution PRODUCT MANAGEMENT 
• Review and mange creative direction of all licensed product development, from concept stage, to line sheet, to pre-production – with a focus on brand integrity, age appropriateness, differentiation, construction, silhouette and trim details and monitoring appropriate quality 
• Look to advance and elevate the product, whenever possible. 
• Look to develop best practices and implement and share across all areas. 
• Possess intimate construction knowledge of product and components in regards to design and development 
• Oversee and maintain creative needs by licensee. 
• PEOPLE SKILLS 
• Influence others through education and collaboration 
• Develop and maintain strong partnerships with internal and external partners 
• Partner with licensing team and strategize/determine overall needs of the business 
• Create and maintain positive team environment. 

Job Requirements: 
• Excellent communication skills 
• Self starter 
• Performs well in a fast paced team environment 
• Must be proactive and meet deadlines 


Basic Qualifications 
• 5-7 years experience in Product Design, preferably with Home or Stationery experience • 3-5 years experience as a manager 
• Background in Print, Pattern, Graphics and familiar with embellishments 
• Experience with Licensed product a plus. 
• Familiarity with manufacturing and apparel construction 
• Ability to provide creative and art direction 
• Leadership skills a must 
• Excellent organizational and managerial skills 
• Excellent trend and color sense 
• Computer skills, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Word, Excel 
• Strong presentation skills

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