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Director - Trend and Design - (M.19.10)

Company: Michaels
Location: Irving
Posted on: May 19, 2019

Job Description:

The Michaels Companies, Inc., is North America's largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, with more than 1,300 stores in the United States and Canada. Together the teams in our stores, distribution and manufacturing centers, and support center work together to help our customers make creativity happen. We offer career growth, benefits packages, retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, and more. Michaels Team Members also enjoy a wide variety of ways to save including discounts at our stores, select fitness and childcare centers, restaurants, hotels, and more. Job Details __________________________________________________ Director - Trend and Design - (M.19.10) ?Close This details all the information about the job posting. Share this job as a link in your status update to LinkedIn. Organizational Unit Michaels -> Merchandising -> Design/Trend/Exclusives Job Grade Location Irving, TX 75063 US (Primary) Category Merchandising Job Description Why Work for Us? The Michaels Companies, Inc., is North America's largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, with more than 1,300 stores in the United States and Canada. Together the teams in our stores, distribution and manufacturing centers, and support center work together to help our customers make creativity happen. We offer career growth, benefits packages, retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, and more. Michaels Team Members also enjoy a wide variety of ways to save including discounts at our stores, select fitness and childcare centers, restaurants, hotels, and more. We are currently recruiting for a Director - Trend and Design located in our Support Center (Global Headquarters) located in Irving, TX. The Director must be an independent thinker who can work under minimal supervision and has a creative approach to problem solving. What will you be doing? Reporting to the Vice President of Trend, Design, Product Development and Packaging, this role will lead and drive customer focused trend and design innovation. Working closely with the VP, GMMs and Directors of Product Development to achieve and execute company trend and design initiatives. How will you do it? Identify and Interpret Trends (40%) * Create and direct the seasonal trend POV in line with the strategic initiatives for the company. * Lead the seasonal vision in every channel including merchandising, marketing and in-store. * Provide trend direction to merchandising and product development. * Provide support, guidance and inspiration to the company via expert knowledge, excellent communication, partnership and strong leadership * Determine, evaluate, and leverage external and internal design resources that will meet the company strategic and financial goals * Strategically research new white space product opportunities and Macro Trends influenced by mapping consumer insights focused on achieving financial objectives. * Anticipate future business changes and challenges to proactively develop new and revised business category solutions. * Develop trends that are on the fashion lifecycle and consumer focused. Deliver with urgency for speed to market. * Support and contribute in all aspects oftrend development as it relates to the business categories. * Partner with leadership and other groups ( VP/GMM, Directors Product Development) to ensure alignment on priorities and direction. * Partner with Michaels vendors to influence and leverage their external design capabilities. * Manage the overall trend development process calendar and timeline. Product Design (35%) * Translate trend into product design that supports the Merchandising strategies and objectives * Bring innovation and newness to the market through successful product design as a differentiation of product offering that supports Merchandising strategies. * Lead team in developing original product design solutions and enhance and upgrade private brand products. * Proactively develop design strategies and present creative solutions to business leaders as needs evolve. * Establish the appropriate business processes to execute the design strategies, mapping consumer insights with a focus on achieving financial objectives. * Strengthen the overall coordination and planning of the design process while accelerating lead times and respecting budgeted costs to promptly respond to marketplace variations. Team Leadership (25%) * Define performance metrics for evaluating department and team efficiencies. * Hire, manage and develop a design and trend team that meets the business needs of the categories. * Foster strong cross-functional relationships with Product Development, Merchandising, Marketing and Sourcing to execute trend and design initiatives. * Coach team through performance feedback, goal setting and development plans. * Accountable for trend and design department budgets. Job Requirements What you will need to do your job... Education: * Bachelor's degree is required in Design, Merchandising or related field. Advanced degree is a plus. Experience: * Minimum 10 years of experience in Fashion Industry with a major retailer, brand or design firm.5 years management level. * Design experience in arts and crafts, home d?cor, trend, seasonal products, graphics and patterns a plus. * Must have a proven track record of leveraging the design capability internally and externally throughout the product lifecycle management process. * Experience leading influential or corporate design and trend teams through excellent interpersonal and people management skills. Skills: * Ability to translate extensive knowledge of consumer and market trends and opportunities into successful design/trend strategy. * Ability to use a creative approach to problem solving and is responsive rather than reactive. * Ability to be a change agent and gain respect of his/her peer group and excels at building relationships with multiple constituencies. * Clear and effective written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills. * Experience with Adobe creative suite, excel, illustrator preferred. * Ability to travel 15% of time.We are currently recruiting for a Director - Trend and Design located in our Support Center (Global Headquarters) located in Irving, TX. The Director must be an independent thinker who can work under minimal supervision and has a creative approach to problem solving., * Bachelor's degree is required in Design, Merchandising or related field. Advanced degree is a plus., * Minimum 10 years of experience in Fashion Industry with a major retailer, brand or design firm.5 years management level. * Design experience in arts and crafts, home d?cor, trend, seasonal products, graphics and patterns a plus. * Must have a proven track record of leveraging the design capability internally and externally throughout the product lifecycle management process. * Experience leading influential or corporate design and trend teams through excellent interpersonal and people management skills. Skills: * Ability to translate extensive knowledge of consumer and market trends and opportunities into successful design/trend strategy. * Ability to use a creative approach to problem solving and is responsive rather than reactive. * Ability to be a change agent and gain respect of his/her peer group and excels at building relationships with multiple constituencies. * Clear and effective written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills. * Experience with Adobe creative suite, excel, illustrator preferred. * Ability to travel 15% of time.

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