Design Manager-Home Textiles/Soft Furnishings

Design Manager-Home Textiles/Soft Furnishings

REF: 11931 PP
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Job Description

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a Design Manager with a solid background in home textiles and soft furnishings to get their teeth into. You will be responsible for managing a small, UK based design team for a large and successful leading Manufacturer of home textiles.

This role is extremely hands on so a background in print design for FMCG and commercial home textile products is essential, as is the ability to design – both digitally and by hand. You will also be the main UK point of contact for several exciting UK retailers, so account management is also a big part of this role.

Design Manager –Home Textiles/Soft Furnishings- The Role:

  • Lead the design team, take the initiative for new design and ideas.
  • Responsible for researching and passionately setting the direction for ranges seasonally, to bring fresh ideas to the table
  • Creative, fast fashion and highly trend led print based
  • Design prints for the UK high street, both by hand and digitally.
  • Identifying the next big thing in the womenswear print market.
  • Key point of contact for several UK retail customers so account management is a big part of this role too.
  • Manage the whole design process, working closely with customer and offshore factory.
  • Communicate to all levels in HQ, Merchandising, and suppliers
  • Liaise with offshore merchandising team.
  • Overseas travel for inspiration and to travel to business headquarters.

Design Manager – Home Textiles/Soft Furnishings - The Candidate:

  • Extensive experience in a similar role is essential – as an existing Design Manager with experience of managing a small team, or potentially a Senior Designer with solid experience of account management looking for the next step up.
  • Highly fashion focused and trend led with proven experience of working with fast fashion UK High Street and Volume retailers is essential
  • Must be able to design stylish and beautiful yet commercial prints
  • Must have excellent CAD skills as well as the ability to design by hand.
  • Familiar with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat and MS Office
  • Looking for a confident candidate with experience in managing customer accounts.
  • Exceptional presentation, organisational and management skills
  • Ability to manage a small internal team is essential.
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally as required.

Only applications accompanied by a portfolio will be considered.

Please submit via email a CV in a word document format, together with separate examples of your design work in a PDF format (max. 5MB) to – quoting reference 11931 PP

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