Senior Designer - Womenswear | Sydney

Posted on 17-Apr-2018
Application Close Date: 08-May-2018
Job Type:
Full Time Permanent
Design & Production
Australian Resident
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We are looking for a driven and disciplined womenswear designer to join Katies, a contemporary value brand both feminine and inspiring that continues to evolve. As part of the design team, you will apply your commercial handwriting and past experience in a large retailer to drive innovation through product and brand representation. You are intuitive, can think on your feet, and are seeking progression in your fashion design career. Join us to be a global market leader as our brands change the perception of fashion.


Your New Career

You will already have a successful track record in designing best seller pieces popular with the customer. This role would see you managing Woven Tops, Dresses, Outerwear and Bottom of Body (excluding denim) categories; seeing you pull together collections and apply principles behind outfitting and top to bottom ratio. Part of a design team of five, you will manage an assistant and work collaboratively with the buying function to create fantastic ranges that are commercially successful and fit with brand DNA.


With at least 8 years' experience across varying categories, in particular you have strong knowledge in casual-wear. A senior you will manage the above departments in addition to consulting with the Head of Design and working on design handwriting and strategy of ranges including defining exclusive product that fits, and flatters our Katies woman.


You will demonstrate skill to identify, forecast and interpret international and local trends and competition. With your knowledge of garment construction, fabrics, colours and print techniques along with offshore garment development sourcing experience, you will drive fit sessions with garment technicians.


Katies is a high volume, fast fashion brand so it's important you want to work in this environment and have the tenacity and ability to adapt to priorities. Additionally, you will:

  • Drive development of new concepts and on time delivery of high quality targeted ranges 
  • Product develop to achieve gross margins without quality and brand sacrifice
  • Contribute to design and engineering of product, technically and to required cost
  • Act as subject matter expert and right hand to Head of Design keeping the team engaged


Your New Destination

Katies is an iconic Australian brand delivering inspired and versatile fashion for the feminine woman. No matter the day, the occasion, where they go or what they do, Katies believes in providing the inspiration and the outfits to help our women shine. We currently have in excess of 150 stores nation-wide and a growing online presence, with aggressive growth plans for the future.  Katies is part of Specialty Fashion Group, an ASX leading, specialty apparel retailer with over 1,000 stores and 7,000 Team Members across Australia, New Zealand.