Vice President, Mens Design

Irvine California
Required Experience: 15 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 8 days ago

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.

O’Neill is looking for a dynamic individual to lead its men’s apparel, board shorts, accessories and footwear design team on all creative aspects of the product design process from concept through the final product approval.

Essential Job Functions

• 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 action sports industry, as well as all parallel and influential industries.
• 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: Merchandising, Planning, Sales, Marketing, and Production.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed, but are not to be seen as a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Also, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

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.
• College degree in Fashion Design or related field
• Qualified candidates should have a minimum 15+ years surf fashion 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 and internationally on a quarterly basis for inspiration and product development.
• Mac proficient with advanced skills in Adobe Suite, Keynote and Microsoft applications.
• Works well under pressure and tight deadlines.
• Experience working with Full Circle/PLM software a big plus.

Physical Requirements

Seeing: Must be able to see well enough to read reports.
Hearing: Must be able to hear well enough to communicate with customers, vendors and employees.
Standing/Walking: Must be able to move about company building.
Climbing/Stooping/Kneeling: Must be able to stoop or kneel to pick up products.
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing: Must be able to lift up to 10 pounds.
Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: Must be able to type and use technical sources.