Women's Shoe Designer

Job description

We are seeking a Women's Shoe Designer with a speciality in heels to join our rapidly growing team.

As the first shoe designer to join the company you will have the unique opportunity to design our very first ranges and launch our shoes category.  You must therefore be capable of working without any technical assistance during the development process - taking only creative advice from other members of the team.  You must also be supremely confident about the Oh Polly target demographic, current trends / celebrity fashion and be able to communicate to this target market through your designs.  

You will work closely with the Creative Director during the initial stages, creating mood boards and conceptualising trends for the upcoming seasons.  You will then work closely with our shoe suppliers and sample development teams to develop physical samples of approved concepts - problem solving issues and monitoring development at every stage.  You will then be responsible for testing the quality, comfort and durability of each product to ensure its suitability for bulk production.  You will do this while maintaining short turn around times of 45-60 days from concept to approved production.  

There is an extremely rewarding career opportunity for the right candidate; with Oh Polly currently one of the fastest growing online fashion brands in the UK - your designs have the potential to be seen by and worn by hundreds of thousands of people globally including A-list celebrities.   

We are willing to create a great remuneration package for the right candidate. 


Must Have

  • 5 years experience working as a Shoe Designer with a focus on Heels.
  • Understanding of technical shoe construction and therefore the ability to create tech packs.
  • Ability to problem solve and assist in the development of samples to design specifications.
  • Willingness to personally test samples and ensure comfort and durability.  
  • A solid understanding of the market in which we operate.
  • Excellent visual communication skills
  • Able to work with a quick turnaround (very short deadlines)


  • Knowledge of other shoe product categories (boots, casual trainers and sandals)
  • International experience (i.e has spent time working closely with international shoes suppliers).
  • Knowledge of top quality international suppliers who you could introduce us to.
  • Skill in illustrator or Photoshop.

Salary Package:

Junior (1-2 years):  £19-22k

Mid-weight (3-4 years): £22-26k

Senior (5+ years): £26-32k


  • International travel 
  • 50% discount on all Oh Polly products.
  • Corporate gym membership.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • 4 weeks annual leave plus an extra day off for your birthday!
  • Perkbox ( https://www.perkbox.com/uk ) with access to exclusive employee benefits, freebies and discounts – think half price cinema tickets and free mobile phone insurance! 
  • Company Pension.
  • Office Nespresso machine (for all the coffee lovers).
  • Bright spacious offices.
  • Company social events