Date Posted: 3/12/2018

Manager of SMU Design (men’s and women’s)

  • United States
  • California
  • Irvine
  • 10 year(s)
  • Full-Time
  • Not Available
Job Description

The La Jolla Group is a worldwide leader in the action sports apparel business segment with a fast paced, high energy environment that is continually on the move. With prominent brands such as O’Neill, Spiritual Gangster, and Hang Ten, La Jolla Group has proved to be a builder of great brands, a creator of innovative products, and a master of operational excellence.
Join our team and enjoy a casual work environment, onsite gym, discount on clothes, summer hours and employer provided lunches and fruit! We believe our employees are our strongest asset and invest in their growth by focusing on developing their strengths.

Management Responsibilities:
o Teach and manage your designers in a positive and constructive manner while encouraging accuracy and urgency for all projects
o Build and maintain strong partnerships with the other design departments, production, tech, merchandising, sales
o Filter communication between sales team, SMU designers and sourcing team making sure deadlines are met
o Drive overall process related to SMU design and execution
o Manage department standards and daily work flow
o Manage calendar and deadlines
o Keep VP of M&D updated and in the loop on all SMU styles and any urgent matters
o Consistently identifying opportunities to increase productivity and efficiency within the division
o Submit new SMU designs to Global liaison for approval

Creative responsibilities:
o Identify SMU product opportunities by knowing the O’neill seasonal lines and by researching key accounts and the competition
o Be aware of inline product, fits and key initiatives
o Recognize market needs based on historical selling. Anticipate the needs of our SMU accounts
o Interpret the SMU requests to facilitate accurate, trend-right product while maintaining the brand DNA
o Initiate and direct SMU print, color and silhouette needs
o Manage and oversee the creation of visual tools used in CAD presentations to Sales department and various accounts
o Work with design team, sales and sourcing to hit pricing / margin goals
o Create an environment where the design, sourcing and sales teams work closely together to produce exceptional product in a short time frame
o Responsible for the SMU Design department’s execution of high quality tech packages
o Ability to present concepts and product effectively to management and sales

Job Requirements

o Qualified candidates should have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in apparel design
o Proven leadership experience and managerial skills.
o Experience managing teams.
o Ability to juggle projects
o Excellent sense of style and color
o College degree in Fashion Design or related field
o Computer skills – MS Office, Illustrator, and Photoshop
o Strong problem-solving abilities, organizational and planning skills required.
o Works well under pressure and tight deadlines.
o Ability to collaborate with other teams
o Firm understanding of costing and garment construction.
o Excellent written and oral communication skills along with the ability to facilitate meetings
o Experience working with Full Circle/PLM software a big plus.

LJG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran or military status, marital status, pregnancy (including unlawful discrimination on the basis of a legally protected pregnancy or maternity leave), genetic information and any other characteristics protected by law.


Bring your dog to work throughout the year, early release during the summer, free lunches on Mon, free bagels on Wed, 60% employee discounts, casual environment, skate ramps, employee store on site

Date Posted: 3/12/2018

Manager of SMU Design (men’s and women’s)

  • United States
  • California
  • Irvine
  • 10 year(s)
  • Full-Time
  • Not Available