Hillwalking, it’s in our DNA - we eat, sleep, live it. We are obsessed, it’s this obsession that drives us daily, to design and create ‘function first’ outdoor clothing, something we have done since we cut and sewed our first jacket back in ‘74.
An outstanding opportunity now exists for a highly creative individual with a passion for the outdoors to lead our design direction in this exciting phase for the brand. As Head of Design you will drive the design and development of Sprayway products, ensuring the styles are commercial, innovative, of a competitive price point and of high quality.
Lead the Sprayway design team in creating innovative, function first product that is relevant and sets us apart from the competition
Work with Commercial, Sales and Marketing teams to create seasonal design briefs
Research, build and set seasonal colour direction, work with the design team to deliver a colour offering that is both captivating and commercially balanced
Work closely with ingredient suppliers and factories
Work with the Product Development Manager and Group Sourcing Director to ensure the product process is to seasonal critical path, delivering products to market on time and within margin
Research and build insights into new relevant and compelling products that inspire and enable
Form strong external relationships with buyers, retailers and end consumers taking their feedback and building into future development
Guide, motivate & encourage the design team
Ensure consistent and commercially relevant fit
5 years (+) experience within the apparel design industry, previously in roles such as Head of Design, Senior Designer, Design Manager.
Self-motivated and highly organised
Have excellent communication skills
A proven ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
Good understanding of the outdoor sports market, competitor landscape and product offering
A passion for outdoors particularly Hill Walking
This is a full-time position based at our head-office in Hyde, Greater Manchester, with some travel both here in the UK and overseas.