Senior Designer (Formal Coats) - Topshop


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Senior Designer (Formal Coats) - Topshop, Topshop


London, United Kingdom


Senior Manager


Design (Garments & Accessories)



Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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Job Description

Our Global Vision is to be the worlds fashion authority. Endorsed by opinion formers and accessible to everyone, we are an authentic British Brand with world class standards.  A fashion-insider that constantly innovates through its brave and irreverent approach, providing fashion leadership to style-minded individuals.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Designer to join our innovative TOPSHOP in-house Formal Coats department. We are looking for candidates who have considerable experience in Outerwear to encompass a broad and diverse product range

As a Designer at TOPSHOP you will be working to ensure we are first in identifying emerging trends, and translating these into fashion stories our customers will love and believe in.  You will work closely with the Buying teams and our Suppliers to ensure you capture the season’s must-have pieces to excite and delight the customer.

Key responsibilities:

  • Strong interpretation of trends into commercial designs

  • Gathering & using relevant internal and external information to drive product and range development for the customer

  • Developing the product strategy in conjunction with the Buyers and Merchandisers, which can  then be translated into specific products for a range

  • Following product development through from Brief to Press

  • Constantly developing the range with Buying and our suppliers to ensure it evolves and continues to meet the needs of the customer

  • Work alongside one other Designer and sharing responsibilities

  • Responsible for producing  specs either  by hand or CAD

  • Ability to  build independent color stories

  • Coach and develop Design Assistant / more junior team members

  • International Travel, supplier and inspirational trips

The Ideal Candidate

  • Relevant Formal Coats experience with an appreciation of fabric, trims, wash and internal finishing on outerwear

  • Technical knowledge of product is essential along with an understanding and passion for emerging trends

  • Knowledge of CAD would be beneficial

  • Experience working with European and Far East factories/suppliers

  • Ability to strongly interpret trends into designs/product for the Topshop customer

  • Appetite for design influences and strong eye

  • Ability to work under own initiative

  • Strong enthusiasm for Topshop as a brand

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate confidently at all levels

  • Ability to work under pressure and with strong personalities

  • Good teamwork and inter-personal skills

About Us

Fashion moves fast – and so do we. With our unique product offering and sought-after designer collaborations, we’ve become a fashion phenomenon. From London to LA, our stores have reached cult status as an essential destination for the style set – and we’re still expanding. Championing young design talent is in our DNA and we’ve given a generation of designers an international platform for their work. Directional, accessible and brave, our Brands are a global fashion authority – and the ultimate place to build your career. We’ve taken high-street fashion to a whole new level. Over 300 UK stores, more than 130 around the world – and we’re still growing. We have stores on pretty much every UK high-street and they come in all shapes and sizes. Our iconic Oxford Circus flagship is a landmark in London with 100, 000 square feet of selling space, this is the world’s largest high-street store and an essential destination for the fashion-forward all over the world. Trendsetting and pioneering, TOPSHOP ’s impact on British fashion is remarkable. Iconic designer collaborations, trend-led collections, innovative beauty lines and VIP fans – we’re not your average high-street Brand. Whether we’re championing young British designers through our support for the NewGen talent scheme, or showing our luxury collection TOPSHOP Unique on schedule at London Fashion Week, we’re one of fashion’s biggest success stories. Putting menswear on the fashion map, TOPMAN is a ground-breaking style authority. From famous style staples to sharp tailoring, we've got our fingers on the pulse of what the trend-conscious want. We’re the first high-street Brand at London Collections. Champions of emerging British talent, we scout future design stars through high-profile launch-pad MAN – a joint initiative with Fashion East – and talent-recognition scheme NewGen Men. With an unrivalled eye for the next big thing, we've skyrocketed design giants James Long, J.W. Anderson and Sibling to success.