Sr Manager, Trend & CAD (Soma) - 11215 Metro Pkwy

Fort Myers, Florida, United States
18 Aug 2022
25 Oct 2022
With approximately 1,300 boutiques and outlets throughout the U.S., as well as an online presence for each of our brands, it takes sophisticated technology, resources and infrastructure to ensure the continued success of our businesses. From finance and accounting to technology and merchandising careers, we have diverse opportunities available for talented professionals to join our team of nearly 16,000 associates who share our commitment to excellence.


This position is a major partner in creating initial concept stories through mood, color and trend. This role defines big ideas/volume driving trends that will positively impact the bottom line and enhance designs integrity utilizing the brands lens. Directs the creation and development of unique prints and patterns that are brand appropriate while being modern, trend-right, and elevated.


  • Conducts seasonal research for trend direction by utilizing and analyzing the offerings of trend forecasting companies, fashion publications, fashion sites/blogs, trade shows and through street reports from trend-forward cities, domestic and abroad.
  • Tracks seasonal runways shows and reports, analyze trends and what's happening in ready-to-wear that will impact the brand and their categories
  • Drives application of trend direction across brand categories and support storytelling.
  • Seek out global trends and under-the-radar cultural influences through social media, store/in-store research and market/consumer research.
  • Partners with leader in building out seasonal concept stories through mood, color palette building, trends, fashion must haves and big ideas.
  • Facilitates constant information flow and suggests crucial upcoming trends to be implemented into the product fast track process.
  • Creates documents that capture the seasonal concept direction and kick-off road maps
  • Creates presentation mood boards and room set-ups for milestone kick-off meetings
  • Drives artwork development; support team in building and executing CAD art development while anticipating and supporting the changing demands of the business.
  • Oversees and delegate art projects, critiquing and preparing for final approval. Stays abreast of all seasonal trends and color forecasts to achieve trend appropriate prints.
  • Communicates with cross functional leaders to ensure mutual updated understanding of repeat specifications, color limitations and printing techniques are executed by the team working with the CAD Manager.
  • Motivates, develops, and trains a CAD & Trend team that will execute product needs while maintaining a T&A calendar.
  • Adheres to the PLC (Product Lifestyle Calendar) and due dates.
  • Conserves customer intimacy by making in-store visits, staying abreast on the VOC (Voice of the customer) communication.
  • Values individuality and the diverse talents of their team. Leads the team by communicatingexpectations, providing guidance, delivering feedback, and empowering the team to be their best.

  • Bachelor's degree preferred; Design major a plus
  • 7+ years' experience preferably in women's wear market, trend research and development
  • Aptitude and enthusiasm for brand and customer design
  • PC proficiency in Google Apps, Microsoft Office with emphasis on PowerPoint; Adobe Design Suite; Keynote/Mac a plus
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience managing others

This position may be found in multiple brands/functions. Some duties may vary from role to role.

Chico's FAS, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military service, veteran status, or any other category protected under federal, state, or local law.

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