Director of Visual Merchandising + Store Design

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Job title

Director of Visual Merchandising + Store Design, Story

Location

New York, United States

Level

Director / VP / President

Function

Creative (Graphics, Images, VM etc)

Posted

Contract

Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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Job Description

ABOUT THE ROLE

Our Visual Merchandising + Store Design Director exists to develop, direct, manage and execute creative work, including store design and visual merchandising.  This role is unlike a typical visual merchandising + store Design director because of how deeply integrated it with the merchandising and editorial strategy unique to each theme. You’ll be challenged to develop the creative guidelines manage all creative production, from inception to on-time completion and lead a creative team, comprised of internal team members and freelance/contracted designers, fabricators and vendors.

And you’ll also be part of a cross-functional team of expert colleagues working in new ways—more agile, more adaptive, and more human—so throw the old playbook away. A typical day for this role might include designing a floor plan for upcoming theme, coming up with a fixture solution for a hard to merchandise item, and developing a new STORY launch playbook for visuals and regular collaboration with our Director of Merchandising and VP of Storytelling. In the end, it’s all about designing and executing to meet the needs of an ever-changing and flexible environment.  This role reports to the VP of Storytelling.

 WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Interpret themes into design concepts for store design and visuals merchandising needs and execute, manage and develop guidelines for all visual elements accordingly
  • Developing and managing the project schedule through all phases of design
  • Develop and implement visual DOR’s by liaising with STORY managers to motivate and engage and develop Storytellers as it relates to the visual needs of each theme
  • Regular, dependable attendance & punctuality
  • Perform other duties as assigned

The Ideal Candidate

THINGS YOU’LL NEED

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • 10+ years of experience with retail visuals and store design at the corporate level
  • Vision and passion—to see the future of retail and want to create it
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to adapt quickly
  • Resilience, tenacity, high energy. Able to rapidly bounce back from adversity.
  • Strong communication, both in-person and through modern tools and platforms
  • Ability to attract, develop and retain top talent
  • Deep empathy and emotional intelligence
  • Ability to inspire others to action through influence and advice
  • Cross-functional exposure and experience in past roles
  • Financial and operational acumen
  • Comfort operating in non-hierarchical cultures and navigating hierarchical ones

 ONE MORE THING

 We love people with special sauce! Do you juggle, run marathons, plan secret dinner parties? Be sure to let us know! 

About Us

STORY is a first-of-its kind retail concept that changes like a gallery, takes the point of view of a magazine, and sells things like a store. Our mission is to create accessible discovery at the intersection of community and small business.

Once upon a time, a store in Chelsea named STORY decided to act like a magazine and change its theme and merchandise every 4-8 weeks—creating an entirely different type of immersive retail experience. Fast forward seven years – STORY has become a model for the future of retail, pioneered a new retail media business model, and built a vibrant community of consumers and small businesses, all while partnering with Fortune 500 companies in totally new ways. Now, STORY is ready to take the success of its NYC location national by not just changing the paint on the car, but reinventing the engine. STORY’s immediate next chapter lives within select Macy’s doors— we are seeking an amazing co-authors to help us write it!