Senior Childrenswear Designer

Organisation
Frugi
Reference
VAC-4643
Sector
Creative Arts, Design, Culture & Humanities
Location
Helston
Salary Details
£30,000 - £40,000
Hours of work
37.5
Job Type
Permanent
Closing Date
31/12/2019
Frugi, the UK’s bestselling organic childrenswear brand, is looking for a Senior Childrenswear Designer to join our brilliant team in Helston, Cornwall.

Job Description

About You

With a background in garment and print design you’ll be highly experienced in delivering exciting product innovations and have a good understanding of garment and textile design. You’ll be brimming with ideas to continue to improve the Frugi product range and have the commercial awareness to build a well-balanced collection. You’ll be computer literate and super organised with excellent time management skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.

 

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

Design

  • To use your in-depth experience of designing for the childrenswear market to create innovative and functional garments and products as well as full repeat prints and embellishments that appeal to our target audience and reflects the brand. Using adobe illustrator to create sketches, range overviews and artwork details.
  • To make a strategic contribution to help grow and develop the Frugi range to meet the company objectives and targets.
  • Work collaboratively with Buying and Garment Tech teams to deliver exciting ranges that fit correctly, meet margin expectations and reflect the design vision and brand values.
  • To play a significant part in 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. 
  • Manage allocated range overviews to ensure there is a balanced and commercial offering of product and colour that outfit well and sit together as a cohesive range.
  • Assess strike offs and samples where necessary, providing clear comments for suppliers whilst looking for new and better techniques to keep improving the Frugi product.
  • Travel on seasonal inspiration trips to various locations around the world and occasionally visit suppliers when Design support and development is required. Ensure clear and thorough reports are created and delivered back to team on all trips.

Management and coaching

  • Provide support, direction, inspiration and motivation to your direct reports and the wider team.
  • Take an active interest in supporting the health and wellbeing of team members.
  • Continue to develop your own leadership and people management skills.

 

Essential skills

  • A strong background in garment and print design.
  • A passion for and experience in designing childrenswear is essential.  
  • Ability to balance creativity and commerciality on order to build an innovative, well-balanced collection which answers Frugi’s strategic brief.
  • Ability to build strong collaborative relationships internally and externally and deliver against the overall critical path.
  • Proven ability to coach and mentor up and coming designers.
  • Highly experienced in Adobe Illustrator and a good understanding of the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • 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.
  • Super organised with excellent time management skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office.

Company Description

About Frugi

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 25% every year, selling through a rapidly expanding network of over 500 stockists in more than 25 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.

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 100 permanent team members with even more joining us for our busy seasons, accelerated our turnover year after year, donated over £500k 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

What’s in it for you?

  • We’re offering a full time, permanent contract.
  • We’ll invest in you with a competitive salary, circa £30,000 to £40,000
  • We’ll support your ongoing professional development with bespoke learning initiatives and training opportunities.
  • We offer fabulous career progression - as we grow, you’ll grow too!
  • If we have a good year, we’ll share our profits with the team.
  • To help save for your future you can join our company pension scheme.
  • We’ll give you a whopping 60% discount across our fantastic range.
  • We’ll invite you to take part in our award-winning health & wellbeing activities.
  • We hold regular team events organised by our very own Frugi Fun Committee.
  • We offer a dynamic, innovative and exciting environment to work in.

 

How to Apply

Send your CV, PDF portfolio (or link to your website) and a covering letter stating why you are exactly the right person to join our team to jobs@welovefrugi.com. Your covering letter is the perfect opportunity to showcase your personality and understanding of all things Frugi – so go for it!!

Closing date: 31st December 2019. 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 licensed to sponsor overseas workers.

This role is part funded for 12 months by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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