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Associate Design Director - AE Men's Graphics

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Product Design
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241466 Requisition #

POSITION SUMMARY:

•    This role is responsible for managing and directing the design process for Men’s Graphics category within the AE brand. Analyze and adapt key trends and concepts within the market to product categories to meet product goals, future business direction and further evolving the AE brand.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

•    Identify current market and lifestyle trends as it relates to Men’s Graphics; strategize the implementation of those trends for the AE customer.
•    Direct the Designers to evolve the product seasonally in an effort to achieve an innovative approach to the categories, consistently driving for innovation within Graphics.
•    Develop your team members’ skills in presentation and all aspects of communication
•    Evaluate objectively and articulate your evaluation of all classifications and give constructive criticism
•    Understand merchandising concepts and have working dialogue with head merchants
•    Establish full knowledge of all technical aspects involved in development and execution of Men’s Graphics
•    Maintain full knowledge of research opportunities and ability to direct Designers to appropriate research channels
•    Responsible for guiding and influencing cross-functional teams in creating brand-right, trend-right product assortments, in an effort to drive the business.
•    Consistently align product with market trends and business strategies.
•    Serve as a key, creative leader within the division, influencing cross-functional teams including Design, Merchandising, Licensing, Visual Merchandising, Stylists, Production and Sourcing, Technical Design, Marketing.
•    Establish a comprehensive knowledge of all technical aspects involved in development and execution of Graphics, including scale, placement, concept, color, wash, and finishes 
•    Develop strong cross-functional partnerships throughout the organization, and use those relationships to influence decision making or change.
•    Work closely with cross-functional teams to understand the business needs and departmental priorities.
•    Play an active role in milestone meetings, providing perspective and insight to creative leadership on product assortments within department.
•    Identify, develop and retain top talent.
•    Effectively manage the T&A calendar, and travel and retail sample budgets for department. Continuous focus needed on process improvement.
•    Manage to established company development targets and ratios.

QUALIFICATIONS:

•    Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design, or a related subject matter
•    10+ years related Graphic Design experience, 5+ years of management experience 
•    Possess a deep understanding of the design process, fit, and styling
•    Sophisticated shopping knowledge of domestic and international markets
•    Ability to work well in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
•    Excellent communication, presentation, selling and influencing skills; strong ability to build consensus.
•    Proficient in graphic designing software in a MAC environment, including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
•    Demonstrated ability to train, develop, and effectively manage a team of people
•    Ability to efficiently prioritize multiple tasks for department members
•    Ability to travel both domestically and internationally 

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