Design Director - Sportswear


Design and Creative

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Salary Range

CAD100000.00 - CAD110000.00 per year

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Branch Information

Winnipeg, MB - (CAN) 330 St Mary Avenue MB Winnipeg , MB R3C 3Z5



Job Description

Design Director (Sportswear)- $100,000 (or above) Annually

Our client is looking for a Design Director in their new Vancouver office & eventual internal brands design team. The Design Director works independently and with internal Technical Design, Fit, Sales, eCommerce and Executive team


* Create merchandising plan, sketches, linesheets, merchandising maps

* Source and allocate market relevant fabrics to all designs.

* Lead another designer to design apparel collections for Outerwear & Men's seasonal collections & fast-to-market micro-drops.

* Communications with vendors. Work with Technical Designers to bring developments to sample form.

* Initiate responsibility for lab dips, fabric construction feedback and approvals.

* Follow internal calendar throughout the development season to hit main collection and micro-drop milestones.

* Present collections to Wholesale Sales & E-commerce teams to prepare them for seasonal customer presentations and e-commerce buy commitments.

* Sit in on fit sessions with Technical Designer & Fit Technician to ensure that design expression & integrity is being realized in pre-production.

* Work with Marketing teams to ensure that design expression & integrity is being conveyed effectively to consumers

* Align and allocate resources upon growth of Vancouver office. Onboard & train new employees to work functionally within the organization.

* Conduct performance management exercises for any directly reporting individuals, coach and mentor new employees to effectively manage growing responsibility of Vancouver office.

* Conduct market research using trend forecasting services, competitor analysis in Vancouver and travelling throughout North America & Europe for inspiration. Forecast fabrication, silhouette, print, colour and trends.


* Post-secondary education in Fashion Design or equivalent combination of education and work experience

* Minimum of 5 years of industry experience in a similar role

* Proven experience at all stages of the design process from conception through to implementation

* Expert knowledge of Adobe Illustrator

* Possesses fiber, yarn and fabric knowledge with a key emphasis on performance fabrications

* Excellent time management skills with the ability to meet tight deadlines

* Must hold a valid passport and have the ability to travel as required

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