Design Assistant

Creative Arts, Design, Culture & Humanities
Helston, Cornwall
Salary Details
Circa £16,500 to £18,500 per annum
Hours of work
Full time 37.5 hour per week
Job Type
Closing Date
Frugi are looking for a talented creative with a flair for childrenswear design to join our brilliant in-house Design Team on a 6-month contract.

Job Description


About You

You are a talented creative with a flair for design, a commercial eye, and are genuinely excited about working in childrenswear.  Due to Frugi’s continued expansion we are now looking for a Design Assistant to join our creative and dynamic product design team.

You may be a recent graduate, or someone who has a couple of years under their belt, but most importantly you are someone with drive and passion to succeed in creating the best children’s products in the universe!  You work with everyone within the Design and Development team and are very organised and in-tune with the design process and offer admin support throughout. You will have opportunity to develop your craft within an extremely creative and highly skilled environment whilst learning the mechanics of a commercial design cycle.

Your Role in a Nutshell

To work as part of the existing Design team to help deliver a beautiful ethically made and commercially viable range that reflects the brand values and meets company objectives

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Assisting the existing Design team with workload and administration.
  • To artwork full repeat prints, placement prints, embroideries and appliques. Using adobe illustrator to create clear, accurate and detailed artworking information for our factories.
  • Be part of developing the seasonal mood boards, colour palette, big ideas and innovation for each season through research of on-going and future trends, competitor benchmarking and colour analysis.
  • Provide creative support during the product development process by assessing strike offs and samples where necessary.
  • Keep the colour library swatches in order and make sure product development have all the correct swatches to send to our suppliers each season.
  • Ensure all range overviews are accurately updated.

Essential skills

  • Fluent in Adobe Illustrator and a good understanding of the other Adobe Creative Suite applications.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • A good understanding of the Frugi brand.
  • Commercial and aesthetic understanding of what constitutes a successful Frugi garment.
  • Can-do helpful attitude – excellent team player.
  • Excellent time management, well organised and with the ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Creative flair with an eye for detail.
  • Creative and innovative thinker and ‘out of the box’ problem solver.
  • Excellent communicator in the spoken and written word, with accuracy and great attention to detail.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Fashion and textile knowledge and experience would be an advantage, although not essential.

What’s in it for you?

  • We’re offering a full time, 6-month fixed term contract starting as soon as possible.
  • We’ll invest in you with a competitive salary, circa £16,500 per annum
  • To help save for your future you can join our company pension scheme, including matched contributions.
  • A share of the profits - if we have a good year we’ll share it.
  • You’ll get a great discount across our fantastic range.
  • We’ll invite you to take part in our healthy workplace activities such as lunchtime walks, yoga, etc.
  • We hold regular company events organised by our very own Frugi Fun Committee.
  • We offer fabulous career progression and development opportunities. As we grow, you’ll grow too!
  • We provide a slightly bonkers but very fun and exciting environment to work in.

Company Description

Frugi is the UK’s bestselling organic childrenswear brand, proving that ethical and organic clothing can be bright, beautiful and successful! The company was born in 2004 and continues to grow at 40% every year, selling through a rapidly expanding network of over 500 stockists in more than 50 countries worldwide.

We strive to be ethical in everything we do, each year donating 1% of our turnover to our Little Clothes BIG Change charity project which includes a children’s charity, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and an orphanage in India.

Over the last 12 months we have been earmarked by The Sunday Times Fast Track Ones to Watch list, received GOLD in the Healthy Workplace Awards, expanded to more than 80 permanent team members with even more joining us for our busy seasons, grown our turnover to £8m, donated over £78k to charity, and eaten a lot of pasties (and cake!).

We strive to be the most fun, desirable and trusted clothing brand on the planet, but this is only the start of it…

Other Application Details

How to Apply

Attach your CV, portfolio (pdf file) and a covering letter stating why you are exactly the right person to join our team.

Closing date: 31st March 2018. We’ll be interviewing as we go along, so the role may close earlier than advertised. The early bird catches the worm!

Important: All applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK at the time of submitting your application; unfortunately, Frugi are not licenced to sponsor overseas workers. 

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