Title: Assistant Designer
Reports to: Director of Design/Senior Designer/Designer
Position Summary: Weissman / Dancewear Solutions is a national Recital Costume/Dancewear catalog/web retailer and manufacturer that is experiencing rapid growth. The Assistant Designer is responsible for providing administrative assistance and organizational support to the Design Department, with a primary focus on data management and clerical duties and a secondary focus on design with mentoring. This position includes robust design training under the direction of a Design Mentor for future advancement to design positions. The Assistant Designer will be responsible for design based on skill level and department needs. This position requires close collaborative partnerships with Technical Design, Product Development, Merchandising, Sourcing, and Production.
Responsibilities: Design Team Assistance: Responsible for setting up, and maintaining product and fabric information in the Product Lifecycle Management System and other spreadsheets. Supports team members by running reports and tracking styles through the Design and Product Development departments. Assists Senior Designers and design team with special projects and daily tasks to meet design deadlines. Attends all design related meetings and assist with preparation, note taking, and organization.
Trend and Market Knowledge: Under the direction of the Trend Consultant or Director of Design, selective research projects and trend/event recaps to identify new trends, fabrics, accessories, and techniques. Attends local dance recitals and competitions to analyze current dance trends. Training and learning about the Weissman customer, brands, and competitive landscape.
Showcase Assistance: Prepares samples for Showcase by steaming garments, attaching swatches and accessories, and tracking samples through Product Lifecycle Management System. Works with product development team to ensure all deadlines are met.
Technical Skills: Creates technical flats for design team members. Fits prototypes with Design Mentor and Technical Design partners to maintain the intended design aesthetic. Fits photo samples for photo shoots after completing fit training with technical designers.
Communication: Displays a high level of communication and presentation skills. Uses sound judgement; holds self and others accountable for their commitments and conduct.
Business Analytics: Analyzes sales and assortment along with competitor’s assortments, pricing, and catalog/web presentations.
Quality: Collaboratively works with Product Development team to ensure that all products meet or exceed the customer’s needs and expectations.
Design: Based on skill set and department needs, works closely with a Design Mentor for training in illustration, flat sketching, fitting, and communicating designs that successfully translate relevant industry trends to the Weissman customer. Training on Weissman customer knowledge and competitive landscape. Beginning and learning to deliver creative concepts that have commercial appeal, meet sales and margin targets and have a satisfactory sketch selection rate, survey score, and adoption rate.
Financial: Assists design team members to ensure planned sales and margin goals are met.
Timelines: Meets all internal design, merchandising, purchasing and marketing deadlines as planned
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Apparel Design
0 to 2+ years of professional experience in Apparel Design
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Strong illustration and CAD skills, strong fashion and color design aesthetic, and highly creative
Understanding of garment construction, fit, finishes and industry resources
Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud
Strong work ethic and ability and multitask
Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, and collaborative team environment; flexible and adaptable to change
Must align in value system professionally and personally with the culture of Weissman
PLEASE FORWARD ME A COPY OF YOUR ELECTRONIC PORTFOLIO. All qualified candidates must successfully complete a pre-employment background check and pre-employment drug screen.