O'Neill Womens Design Manager

Irvine California
Required Experience: 4 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 12 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.

The design manager bridges the relationship between design staff and the design director. The manager oversees the design processes from beginning to end. This individual is comfortable managing people and contributes creatively at every level.

Essential Job Functions

1. Mentoring team members

⏵ Design Team will report to this person

⏵ Evaluate performances

⏵ Collaborating with team members

⏵ Review design tech packs with team

⏵ Sit in tech pack handovers with merch team

⏵ Review all print artwork before being handed over

⏵ Sit in print handovers

⏵ Sit in on fittings

2. Develop design strategies

⏵ Collaborate with Creative Director on seasonal direction

⏵ Help develop print and color stories

⏵ Provide seasonal direction on silhouette and fabric innovation

⏵ Work through line plan with each designer/division in preparation for final design/sales reviews, select fabrications, silhouettes etc.

⏵ Manage designs with merch team to full fill line plan and strategies

3. Manage projects

⏵ Filter communication between Creative Director and design team

⏵ Make sure team hits calendar deadlines

⏵ Attend all design meetings

⏵ Manage print budget

4. Additional responsibilities

⏵ Continue to design when needed.
o When team is struggling to hit a deadline, you might need to step in.
o Work on special projects / design colabs
o Design a portion of the line

⏵ Travel for inspiration and development

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.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

⏵ Able to multi-task and prioritize workload, with a strong sense of urgency, punctuality and calendar timelines

⏵ Must be a self-starter

⏵ Must have strong sense of color

⏵ Experience with PLM/PDM Systems

⏵ Must be a team player that takes direction

⏵ Proficient on a Mac platform specifically with Illustrator and Photoshop

⏵ Proven communication skills both written and verbal

Required Education and Experience

⏵ Degree in Design required

⏵ 4 or more years of experience working for an apparel manufacturer in a similar role

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.