Vice President of Design

Mad Engine LLC dba NEFF / LRG

Irvine California

15 year(s)

Job Description
The Vice President of Design will lead Neff design team on all creative aspects of the product design process from concept through the final product approval. Be a partner with sales and retailer in driving business from a design perspective. Manage design team to achieve overall goals and keep deliverables on calendar.

Essential Duties and responsibilities

• Deliver clear, concise creative direction; possess broad understanding of trend and commercial design.
• Think innovatively at all stages of the creative, design and development process: research on a regular basis to be at the forefront of trends and shifts in the marketplace.
• Ensure products are consistent with market trends as well as business strategy; interpret fashion trends as it relates to market demands, company image and business strategy. Proven track record in identifying trends and developing assortments that deliver results.
• Work efficiently and lead team to meet all calendar deadlines, promoting productivity while minimizing risks of delay or cancellations. Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a dynamic, deadline driven environment.
• Attend and participate in hindsight meetings with an analytical mind to proactively understand results and identify opportunities. Build this data in to concept and creative strategy.
• Build strong, dynamic, and synergistic relationships with cross-functional partners: Sales, Marketing, and Sourcing/Production.
• Manage teams to meet all calendar deadlines
• Serve as lead design advocate in the marketplace
• Recruit identify and retain design talent that delivers performance excellence.
• Strong working relationship with peers
• Assure product offerings are unique, brand right, market right and speaks to company ethos.
• Contribute big ideas to strategically enhance the brands while keeping inline with overall company financial objectives.
• Develop and present opportunities to aggressively grow sales through design offerings.
• Attend and participate in key retailer meetings, develop relationships with retailers, gain understanding of buyer needs.
• Drive design team to work in conjunction with sales team to drive business, create compelling product offerings and drive speed to market.

Minimum Qualifications
• College degree in Fashion Design or related field
• Qualified candidates should have a minimum 15+ years in branded design experience required with 10 years minimum managerial experience.
• Demonstrated fit expertise.
• Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal.
• Talent Builder - proven track record of assessing, attracting and developing best in industry designers.
• Demonstrated executive presence, ability to navigate complexity, manage creative people, and collaborate across a senior leadership team.
• Travel domestically regularly for retailer meetings Mac proficient with advanced skills in Adobe Suite, Keynote and Microsoft applications.
• Works well under pressure and tight deadlines.
• Experience working with PLM software a big plus.

Please submit resume and portfolio through Malakye.