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Head of Menswear Design

Location: Camden
Company: Ted Baker
Ted Baker
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Ted’s Guide to what the Head of Menswear does around here…

Ted’s Mission Statement
Our Mission is to build a successful company through the creation of a leading designer brand. By conducting ourselves in an efficient and courteous manner and by maintaining Ted’s high standards and integrity, we pride ourselves in always being in a position to satisfy the needs of our customer. In order to protect the ethos and persona for which we have gained an enviable reputation, we always ask ourselves the question: ‘Would Ted do it that way?’**

Where does this role fit within Ted's Team?
Working under the Global Creative Director, the Head of Menswear will support in the delivery of the vision and strategy set for Ted’s menswear clothing business. Leading and co-ordinating the menswear design team, this role will assume responsibility for the creative direction of Ted Bakers menswear business to produce creative, commercial and distinctive ranges that reflect brand DNA.

Reporting to: Global Creative Director Total reports: x8

Main responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Global Creative Director to set and execute the design direction for the company

  • Oversee the entire creative process in Menswear design from concept, sketch, proto and to final SMS ranges

  • Develop a full channel business plan growth strategy and sales plan for Ted’s Menswear clothing business

  • Oversee all styling for Menswear for all photoshoots, look book shoots, presentations, eCommerce and brand documents

  • Lead the creative direction for Menswear as set and agreed by the Global Creative Director

  • Liaise with the Head of Product Development on all Menswear collection development

  • Lead and inspire the Menswear creative team to push the boundaries in Menswear design, fabric research, style research and detail

  • Partner with the Buying and Merchandising teams to ensure commercial creative collections are delivered seasonally to cover our wholesale and retail business in domestic and international markets

  • Attend Buy Sign Offs to represent the Menswear clothing division and to debate, collaborate and give input as the senior lead on design

  • Manage styles from concept to production stag

  • Conduct continuous reviews of Menswear product needs; partnering with the Sourcing team to influence sourcing direction and ensure this is in line with Ted’s standards based on quality, price and delivery

  • Build strong relationships with our suppliers to ensure we achieve the best results

  • Encourage collaboration across categories to ensure cohesive colour and patterns

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal stakeholders across the business, ensuring exceptional communication and identifying new strategic and innovative opportunities within Menswear

  • Liaise closely with Production and Planning team to make sure the Menswear design team is diligently following our Critical Path production calendar

  • Ensure Menswear Design creates product reflective of our Design Pyramid

  • Inspire, motivate and manage the Menswear clothing team and ensure projects, targets and deadlines which are aligned with business needs are met and delivered

  • Team management and succession planning; be instrumental in coaching and leading team members and have clear personal development plan for each team member to ensure growth, progression and succession planning within the team

  • Budget management; ensure costs are closely monitored and controlled and project briefs are delivered within set budgets

  • Responsible for the Menswear category board pack reporting

  • Lead and inspire by keeping up to date with design trends and innovation

Tools of the Trade…

  • Exceptional attention to detail

  • Computer literate with knowledge of Excel, adobe photoshop, adobe illustrator, PLM system (training provided)

  • Vison for product and knowledge of the sector and understand the full manufacturing process from concept to delivery.

Personal traits…

  • Extensive experience in a similar role, specifically focused on Menswear Clothing; being an expert in your category and having solid industry knowledge

  • Capable of providing strong leadership; ability to lead a team whilst also being able to demonstrate a hands-on approach

  • Commercially focused, making strategic and tactical recommendations whilst being able to take calculated risks

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, displaying strong organisational and time management skills working to strict deadlines

  • A proactive and effective communicator, both orally and in writing, with ability to manage and influence cross functionally. Good conflict management skills

  • High level of initiative

Ted’s Values…

• Authentic We have the freedom to be our ‘best self’, being true to ourselves and others
• Kind We try to do the right thing: for each other, our communities, our planet and for Ted
• Curious We are hungry to explore, innovate and think differently
• Courageous We have the confidence to be brave, have fun and discover the unexpected
• Inclusive We embrace and respect individuality and celebrate difference & diversity

Ted Baker is committed to equal opportunities and embraces diversity, understanding the needs and benefits of a balanced, inclusive workforce. We do not tolerate any harassment or discrimination towards any of our candidates or employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

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