Senior Fashion Designer

Job description

About Oh Polly

Founded in 2015, Oh Polly creates high-quality, innovative designs that are trend-driven, meeting our customers’ needs in an ever-evolving market without compromising on our global responsibility and ethical values. Our business model is social first, centred around our industry-leading Instagram and Facebook accounts.
2020 saw the launch of Bo+Tee, Oh Polly’s much-loved gym and activewear brand, followed by the launch of Neena Swim in 2021, focusing solely on stylish swimwear. Fast forward to 2022 and we now have a combined following of over 5 million across the brands, selling products in almost every single country around the world.
Operating internationally across key sites Glasgow, Wirral, London and LA, the business has grown to 350 employees. As we continue to expand our global presence, we are looking for talented, driven and ambitious individuals to join the Oh Polly team! Here, you can expect an environment to flourish, develop and take your career to the next level.


About the department

We are seeking a passionate individual who lives and breathes fashion, loves keeping up to date with the latest trends and celebrity culture. You will have a strong understanding of our target market, an awareness of who the ‘Oh Polly Customer’ is and how to speak to our audience.

As a Senior Designer you will work closely with the Creative Director on all styles starting from initial pass-off to the production stage.

Working with our industry-leading team of designers you will develop innovative new concepts and colour proposals. Through research and monitoring our consumer and marketplace you will help identify opportunities to stay ahead of the competition and push the brand forward.


Key responsibilities

  • Researching, developing and designing across multi-products, including identifying key shapes for the season, and creation of concept proposals.
  • Reacting to sales information and liaising with merchandising to update and develop our core product.
  • Sourcing new fabrications, techniques and trimmings, expert understanding of stretch fabric and experience across wovens.
  • Tracking sample development, updating trackers and other teams of collection timelines weekly.
  • Working closely with in-house Buying teams – collaborating to create fresh product, each season.
  • Working with the sample team on fits on a daily basis, identifying and problem solving issues, communicating in a clear and concise manner with factories to ensure designs are developed according to spec & comments.
  • Building relations with suppliers and advising factories on direction, silhouette, construction, key details, fabrics, trimmings and artworks.
  • Tech packing multi product, peer reviewing tech packs.
  • Managing and developing Assistant Designers.

Requirements

We’d love to meet, someone who:

  • Has a minimum of 8-10 years’ experience in womenswear designing multi-product in a similar brand.
  • Expert knowledge of cut and construction - with a key focus on corsetry and party dresses.
  • Strong commercial handwriting and understanding of our brand and customer.
  • Expert in adobe creative suite (photoshop / illustrator).
  • Skilled in producing detailed, thorough tech packs
  • Is willing to travel internationally for sourcing and product development trips.
  • Is highly skilled in design for stretch fabric.
  • Is organised, a self-starter who will take initiative and has the confidence to push the brand in to new areas
  • Thrives under pressure and enjoys working in a fast-paced environment.


What’s on offer?

  • Competitive salary to be negotiated DOE
  • 50% discount on all Oh Polly products
  • International travel
  • Corporate gym membership
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • 25 days annual leave plus public holidays and an extra day for your Birthday
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Company Pension
  • Company social events


*Please submit your CV & short portfolio or examples of your work, demonstrating relevant designs. Applications that do not include a portfolio will not be considered*


This Company is an equal opportunities employer
Oh Polly job positions are open to all suitably qualified candidates, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.