Senior Designer
at Napapijri in Stabio

Shaping smart apparel and trying to make it better every day. Since 1987.

  • Stabio
  • Werkplek: kantoorjob
  • Ervaringsniveau: senior

We're looking for an outstanding Senior Designer to join our Napapijri team at VF Corporation in Stabio.

You may ask “Just who is VF?". Well, we are the global company behind some of the world's leading lifestyle brands. Household names such as Vans, Timberland, The North Face, Napapijri, Eastpak and Kipling.

As one of the largest apparel providers in the world, we are passionate about finding great people to join our extended family.

We believe that our associates have a great opportunity to develop their full potential with us. That's because we offer the support of a global organisation and provide the freedom to try out innovative solutions, drive change and ensure progress never stops.

Let's talk about the role!

Napapijri is currently looking for an Experienced Senior Designer to drive the Women's product. Working with the current creative team, your role will be creating newness and evolving existing ranges. You need to be passionate about design, commercially smart, influential and thrive in a team environment.

We expect that our Senior Designer will deliver unbeatable results whilst also fulfilling the following aspects of the role:

Design product category

  • Research/propose/design ideas, fabrics, finish, fit, trims and seasonal colour story for relevant product category. Translate concepts into rough sketches using Illustrator
  • Sketch level: add detail, colours and specific styling ideas. Propose fabric and finish per style level
  • Fabric developments
  • Finish concepts: propose finish ideas using images or sample
  • Choose supplier colours, brief with large swatches or industry standard palette ID (eg. Pantone)
  • Approve final fabrics
  • Trims: propose trim concepts per style, support development within GTM calendar deadlines
  • Support fittings of prototypes in-house, working closely with the Product Manager of the relevant
  • Conduct consumer market research to identify trends appropriate to the Brand. Keep updated with general market trends, changing consumer behaviour and new product opportunities
  • Propose innovation (style/fabric/finish/detail/colour) that is in line with strategic creative direction
  • Collaborate closely with rest of design team to ensure Napapijri handwriting and detailing throughout design process

Creative design process

  • Assure that all design activities are within Go To Market calendar deadlines and are in line within signed off creative direction
  • Assure proper communication with all the relevant people involved in the design and product development process
  • Support with a strong problem solving approach all the issues related to design/construction/fabric/fit/quality issues in collaboration with product development
  • Support completion of seasonal design concepts, proposals of fabric selections, colour cards and design briefings as well as fitting of prototypes

Communication and presentation

  • Create and maintain all design records, including technical data sheets and fabric/finish/trim ideas
  • Daily communication with internal department on line related issues, solutions and decisions
  • Work closely with Design Manager to ensure alignment and smooth ways of working within calendar deadlines
  • Represent design in Sales, Merchandising & Marketing meetings

How you'll make a difference…

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required for the individual to be successful in this position.

  • Education: You have a Design study background
  • Experience: You have a minimum 7 years of experience in European fashion market apparel (casual wear preferable) in a comparable design position. You have preferably experience with more than one brand and across all product categories.
  • Technical knowledge: You have good market and product knowledge, with a strong sensibility for trends. You have a strong level of understanding of consumer needs and desires. You have the ability to understand merchandising guidelines, considering the cost of development of the different products.
  • Language skills: fluent English, verbal and written
  • IT Skills: MS Office, Adobe Illustrator (strong ability), Photoshop
  • Communication: strong presentations skills, public speaking, selling skills, ability to influence people of different roles and seniority selling ideas
  • You are result oriented, stress resistant, great at time management
  • Organisation awareness: you have the ability to build a network of relationship within the brand and the company
  • Trend oriented: you have a strong awareness of Urban, Outdoor & Lifestyle and has ability to translate trends into relevant product ideas for the Brand

What's in it for you?

Most companies like to say they offer a competitive salary, an amazing bonus and pension scheme as well as staff discounts (btw we offer 50%!). We also do this, only quite different. Because it's not just our products which set us apart from others. It's our people and we believe they deserve to be nurtured and looked after.

That's why, on top of the usual benefits, we offer much more:

  • Career ownership, enabling you to build your knowledge and experience across different brands and even different countries
  • A supportive feedback-based culture where respect and integrity guide us in what we do
  • Tailored training. From a thorough induction to ongoing online and face-to-face training, we are committed to helping you grow, both professionally and personally.
  • An inclusive environment where people of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and nationalities love working together
  • On site gym offering health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Subsidised canteen as well as break out areas offering complimentary hot drinks

If you liked what you have read and want to join our team then we would be keen to hear from you!

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