Design and Sourcing Director, Lifestyle Fashion, Saudi Arabia
Our client is a long-established and highly successful Saudi-based company, with diverse activities across retail, wholesale, real estate and equity investment.
This independent, family owned group has a proud trading tradition stretching back over 50 years, and they were indeed one of the original retail pioneers as one of the first garment stores in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They began distributing leading European brand names back in the 1970’s and to-day they continue to enjoy long term relation with major European fashion houses and leading traders.
In recent years the company has transformed itself into a very dynamic and progressive life style fashion retail company, with an ever-growing portfolio of major international fashion retail brands supported by strong private-label development. They have recently embarked upon an ambitious store expansion programme across the region and they now seek a number of talented and experienced Retail executives to further strengthen their senior leadership team and to introduce and sustain world-class standards of retail excellence within the organisation.
To complement their successful Franchised / Licensed brand portfolio, the company now seeks an exceptionally talented and experienced Design/Sourcing Director to spearhead their fast-growing private-label development programme across Mens and Womenswear categories.
You will lead the in-house sourcing, production and design executive team to turn concepts and ideas into the products sold in their stores and online.
By sourcing the raw materials and manufacturing capabilities from around the world and Asia in particular this talented executive team has already been able to achieve the high quality and stringent standards that our client’s discerning customers have come to expect. This job is about taking this to the next level, and generating a clear and distinctive Merchandise handwriting across multiple brand identities, and to position the company as a fashion-forward signature brand in its own right.
You will spearhead the development of high-level concepts for design projects, lead the creation of brand collection, develop and source the products for multiple brands determining the best ways to visually represent the company’s identity, all the way through to garment labeling and POS. You will be working with a broad range of internal and external clients, pitching designs, and giving clear direction to the teams of buyers, designers and merchandisers.
To succeed in this exciting and challenging role, you will need the following:
•At least 5 years management experience working with multinational companies in the retail fashion industry.
•Ability to lead a team of buyers, planners and design / product development executives.
•Ability to lead projects from concept to completion by applying best practices in interactive design and image optimization.
•Background in creation of private label, product development in ready-to-wear or intimate apparel in better-end brands.
•Proven experience in leading a design team and successfully launching a brand of international repute.
•Ability to build seasonal product strategies and strong analytical skills.
•Knowledge of resource planning and forecasting, excellent leadership, negotiating and planning skills also a must.
This is an excellent career opportunity to shape and influence the future direction of one of the most progressive and fast-growing retail success stories in the Middle East region. Future career prospects are virtually unlimited for the right individuals.
N.B Work permits are already available for applicants of South African origin / South African passport holders