• Women's Footwear Designer - Karen Millen

    Location UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
    Job ID
    Position Type
    Fixed Term Full-Time
    Design & Creative
    Pentland Brands

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    Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation


    Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.


    We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.


    We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. This year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.


    We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.


    For further information, please visit www.pentland.com.


    Key Purpose of Job:


    Responsible for delivering consumer led global designs which align to the brand DNA and seasonal creative direction under guidance from the Creative Lead


    Collaborate across multiple areas to gain alignment and engagement




    • In collaboration with the Brand Creative Lead & Senior Designer, responsible for delivering own designs against Brand seasonal creative direction and product briefs, whilst maintaining Brand DNA, VBL and guidelines
    • Contribute in the creation of seasonal creative direction, trend overviews, colour and mood boards
    • Deliver consumer focused designs aligned with allocated category and/or range direction, and which achieve commercial targets
    • Ensure own designs incorporate consumer and concept testing feedback, throughout design process to ensure NPD is aligned with target consumer needs and desire
    • Ensure own designs have a coherent and compelling offer to seamlessly merchandise into product categories and range, combining desirable aesthetics with credible performance and technical needs
    • Deliver coloured CAD's which are consumer focused, trend led and commercial designs aligned with allocated category merchandising
    • Push creative boundaries whilst delivering against commercial opportunities 
    • Responsible for delivering allocated designs as needed based on seasonal or brand workload, from concept through to CAD work, colour overviews, creation of technical specifications and updates, to upload into PLM (or similar), on time against seasonal C2C deadlines 
    • Contributes towards cost saving solutions to achieve seasonal margin target whilst retaining creativity
    • Contribute, as required, to updating and maintaining Visual Brand Identity aligned to brand positioning and DNA 
    • Deliver designs in a clear and concise format and present at design reviews, with detailed renderings and technical specifications in the required format in Photoshop and/or Illustrator
    • Actively participate in proto reviews ensuring design integrity is maintained through to final sign-off 
    • Support Development Team (and innovation team) with design and colour specifications on time and at key stage gates in the product creation process.
    • Actively research the market and trends, looking further than immediate scope of work and produce detailed reports following each research visit
    • Maintain communication with superiors at all times throughout the process ensuring your message is clearly understood
    • Any other activities commensurate with the level of this role


    Needs to have


    • Proven Design experience either gain from a sporting / outdoor / lifestyle brand aligned to the Brand or category you’ll be working on, or transferable experience from a consumer-led category
    • Clear understanding and consideration of footwear fit/construction and manufacturing processes.
    • Consumer focused with a strong technical bias within their given design specialism
    • Strong creative and trend skills, with a proven commercial background
    • Strong sense of international market trends balanced with the importance of originality through invention
    • A passion for fashion and a thorough understanding of the consumer market and landscape 
    • Ability and strong understanding of "design cost" and "design for manufacture'' throughout the design creation process
    • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, plus excellent freehand drawing and rendering skills. Knowledge of Excel an advantage
    • Proven ability to work within a critical path and meet deadlines, managing time efficiently to achieve completion of a professional standard of work
    • Able to manage and work to deadlines as well as multi-tasking
    • Very organised, structured and comfortable working with a minimum of supervision towards meeting short-term and long-term objectives
    • Collaborates effectively to maintain and develop trustful relationships with peers across the business or multiple functions and within the product team  
    • Ability to work across multiple functions with experience of working in a matrix structure a benefit 
    • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills 
    • Communicates with enthusiasm 
    • Understands cultural differences 
    • The ability to travel and spend time away from home 


    Needs to be


    • Enthusiastic about design, inspiring, creative, forward-thinking and energetic 
    • Self-motivated and equally comfortable working within a team
    • Demonstrate the ability to use own initiative
    • A good communicator, both interpersonally and within a group conveying strong brand empathy
    • Able to work under pressure to tight deadlines and able to multi-task
    • Organized and structured with their work load
    • Confident in making design decisions and able to challenge upwards and across functions in the appropriate way if needed
    • Asks questions and seeks understanding first 
    • Pushes oneself to exceed expectations 
    • Is perceived as credible and an expert in the area/category  
    • Adaptable and versatile 


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