Designer - Swimwear (Lycra)


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Designer - Swimwear (Lycra), Zimmermann


Sydney, Australia


Executive / Coordinator


Design (Garments & Accessories)



Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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Job Description

Based in Rosebery, we are currently seeking a Swimwear Designer to join our team. Reporting to the Creative Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading the design and development of Zimmermann’s swimwear collections in collaboration with the Design Team.

Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:


  • Extensively research creative ideas and provide input on the key design elements of each season under the Creative Director’s direction
  • Research ideas, source reference material and maintain the design board
  • Provide input into relevant collections leading design research for swimwear
  • Collaborate with Creative Director and design team on seasonal concepts

Drawing & Artwork   

  • Provide quality ideas rather than quantity of design
  • Assist the Creative Director to formulate cornerstone ideas and pieces that distinguish each season
  • Hand drawings and technical drawings for pattern maker and production use
  • Build on ideas, where required, to also create pieces in the collections under our range planning
  • Sourcing different/new fabric techniques for swimwear
  • Formulate pattern maker sketches for pattern maker and production use
  • Create presentations for capsule collections
  • Assist in the formulation of technical packs – drawing sketches of all styles, filling in style information for Patternmakers (referencing), and inputting all trim information and finishings


  • Provide input into the development and production of the samples ranges for press and sales 
  • Perform quality control of salesman samples
  • Communicate and give the pattern makers direction to ensure understanding of design proportions and finishes
  • Monitor sample collections to Zimmermann standards prior to dispatch  
  • Communicate complex ideas with production at sample stage for early development
  • Assist in managing the machinists and patternmaker work flow
  • Attend fittings and collaborate with designers, associates and patternmakers for adherence to quality and brand standards

Management & Administration

  • Oversee the design process, from inception to finalisation, under the label’s Creative Director
  • Work with Design Room Manager to finalise style set up prior to handover to production
  • Ensure design room is organized including fabrics, design board and general design room workspace
  • Track the design progress to ensure timely execution of Design Calendar

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will possess an understanding and connection with the Zimmermann brand aesthetic and the ability to demonstrate outstanding creative instincts and a distinct point of view. Other skills include:

  • A fashion design degree from a respected Australian or international institution and have achieved outstanding results in both course work and in external competitions
  • 5 years’ experience as a swimwear designer with nationally or internationally recognised luxury or retail brands
  • Experience in a similar role OR previously owned their own label
  • Strong design and communicative skills
  • Advanced Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign skills
  • Excellent technical drawing ability
  • Ability to lead a team

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. 

About Us

Sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann founded their namesake label in 1991. They fast won a loyal following - smart, sartorially savvy women with an eye for quality fabrics and clever cutting.

Early in its evolution, ZIMMERMANN took the bold step of fusing fashion with swimwear. Zimmermann’s bold original prints, beautifully made one-pieces and sculptural bikinis create a new point of reference in flattering, sexy and stylish swimwear. Zimmermann present their ready-to-wear collections each year in both Sydney and New York.

In Australia, ZIMMERMANN maintains a collection of stand-alone stores across the country, creating seductive and dynamic retail destinations that reflect the brands modern and optimistic aesthetic. In 2008, Zimmermann also launched its successful online boutique at

The collections are stocked in stores internationally. Stockists include the iconic Barney’s, Saks 5th Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Zimmermann is also featured on the world’s premier online stores such as Net-A-Porter.

Demand from its growing international clients has seen the opening of Zimmermann stores in the United States. In 2011, Zimmermann opened its first US store on Robertson Boulevard, in Los Angeles. The brand now has five US stores located on Mercer Street in New York City, East Hampton, Americana Manhasset, Robertson Boulevard, and in June 2015, launched its new Los Angeles flagship on Melrose Place.

ZIMMERMANN Headquarters are located in Sydney, while the brand also operates offices and showrooms in New York, Los Angeles and London. Zimmermann has been the recipient of multiple fashion awards, including the Australian Fashion Laureate award, amongst others.