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25.11.2021

Aje

Design Room Manager

company: Aje
job title: Design Room Manager
location: Surry Hills
work type: Full-time
level: Mid-level

Role Description

Over the last 11 years Aje has carefully built a culture where our people are supported, inspired and encouraged to be the best they can.

Along with our incredible team, our brand has an intrinsic sense of duality, balancing toughness with femininity, untamed volume with structure and signature statement pieces alongside effortless essentials. These complementing differences are what has allowed Aje to move with the motions of the retail landscape to become one of Australia’s most influential fashion houses.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Design Room Manager to join Aje. Based at the new Sydney Head Office and reporting directly to the General Manager of Design you will be responsible for representing the Design team to the wider business by acting as the gatekeeper and conduit of information.

The Design Room Manager is responsible for overseeing the coordination of in-house design and product team members, freelance team members, the sample room in Bali, factory prototypes from China, fittings, production handover and management of team workflow in order to maintain the Critical Path, and achieve KPIs. They are responsible for all product categories in Aje, including Ready-to-wear, non-apparel, collaborations and capsules, and will drive new initiatives including overseeing the implementation of new product categories by reviewing the team structure, planning resources and sourcing new suppliers where needed.

Key Responsibilities

  • Creation, execution and monitoring of the design department calendar which covers the schedule and timelines of design, sourcing, specification sheets, fittings, sample making, production handover and marketing requirements- in accordance with the company Critical Path.
  • Dynamic and constant management and priority setting of the Design team’s workload for all competing collections, Design team’s workflow in order to ensure all goals are met in regards to the critical path.
  • Oversee, critique and mentor the design team to maximise employee performance, productivity, innovation, creativity and commerciality.
  • Responsible for delivering collections in accordance with costing benchmarks, critical path and to Aje quality standards, ensuring there is a harmonious balance between creative direction, range plan and pricing hierarchy requirements.
  • Sign off all pre-production samples and complete handover to Tech Team and Production department in adherence to critical path.
  • Proactive analysis of costings throughout development and implementation of new processes, sourcing, supplier negotiation to support continued growth in margin across all categories.
  • Develop and expand knowledge of suppliers by continually researching, introducing new suppliers where needed and attending international trade shows where possible.
  • Specifically focus on sustainable design practices by introducing new suppliers and processes which are sustainably and environmentally minded, in line with Aje Aware commandments and the business Code of Conduct.
  • Competitor awareness projects seasonally, with up-to-date knowledge and awareness of pricing structures and trend movements in the market.

 

KEY SKILLS

  • Minimum 7+ years’ experience as a Design Room Manager and extended knowledge of all Design & Production functions.
  • Experience in luxury/Australian Designer will be highly regarded
  • Experience leading a team through consistent communication of expectations, deadlines, training, coaching conversations and annual and quarterly appraisals
  • Knowledge and understanding of garment construction and pattern making
  • Existing network of suppliers and sourcing methods (both domestic and off-shore). With the proven experience to develop new suppliers in line with Aje production guidelines
  • Strong technical knowledge coupled with an understanding of industry approved quality control standards and procedures
  • Proven stakeholder engagement across internal and external teams
  • Strong understanding of aesthetic and quality standards of designer level products, as well as personal awareness and understanding of trends and taste adaptable to the Aje creative handwriting
  • Impeccable follow-up and precise attention to detail
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and timelines to ensure priorities are met based on the critical path
  • Ability to design and implement new systems and process improvements as schedule
  • Interest in sustainable design practises and motivation to grow the sustainable aspect of the business in accordance with Aje Aware principles and our Code of Conduct.

 

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