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Sr Mgr, Trend & CAD (Soma)

Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Closing date
19 Jun 2024

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Senior Manager

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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. Drive


• 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 communicating expectations, providing guidance, delivering feedback, and empowering the team to be their best.


• Bachelor's degree required; Design major a plus

• 7+ years' experience preferably in women's wear market, trend research and development

• Intimates experience preferred

• 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.


In 2004, a design team of women set out to create something they saw missing from the marketplace: a line that gives women what they really want. Bras as comfortable as they are beautiful. Panties that stay where they should. Pajamas soft enough to bring us the sleep we so deserve. They began innovating, and they started Soma Intimates under Chico’s FAS, Inc. In spring of 2019, we launched our online intimates apparel brand, TellTale. The brand focuses on self-care and love and respect of oneself. With a commitment to reliability, comfort and fashion, TellTale provides women with the opportunity to tell their own stories. Our corporate headquarters is located in beautiful Fort Myers, Florida and we offer a variety of amenities and benefits onsite as well as a strong company culture. It's our passion to inspire and empower one another and give back to the communities in which we live and work. Providing Most Amazing Personal Service to our customers, our communities, and each other makes Chico's FAS, Inc. an amazing place to work, learn and grow.

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11215 Metro Parkway
Fort Myers

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