Assistant Design, RTW Alfani - Sweaters


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Assistant Design, RTW Alfani - Sweaters, Macy's


New York, United States


Assistant / Entry Level


Design (Garments & Accessories)



Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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Job Description


The Design Assistant is responsible for
assisting in interpreting the Private Brand direction into materials, trims,
styles, colors and patterns. The position will support the Design team in
developing and executing a strategic vision, with a progressive, customer
centric-approach all while delivering on sales and profit objectives.   This role requires the ability to leverage
technical expertise to identify opportunities and develop an assortment.   Fundamental requirements include the ability
to collaborate, take ownership of your business, and achieve results.   Perform other duties as assigned.


The Design Assistant will be known as a
trusted, collaborative and results-oriented business partner who possesses
professional maturity and ability to build strong partnerships. The ideal
candidate needs to be comfortable and effective leading through significant
complexity.   Candidates must be comfortable
with quickly evaluating and sun-setting legacy approaches that no longer align
to the strategy.   The ideal candidate
will be known for both vision and an equally strong orientation for speed.

The successful candidate will:

  • Make “company first” decisions.

    • Ability to influence partners.  

    • Actively influence market to drive

  • Develop self by participating in ongoing
  • Take responsibility for own development
  • Develop innovative solutions to existing
  • Openly accepts and seeks constructive
  • Self-motivated and demonstrates
  • Relishes in a fast paced environment and is
  • Leverage collaborative partnerships with
counterparts to drive business strategies.


In Season Forecasting

  • Assist on in-season Design
changes to make for the department and vendors based on sales, margin and turn
forecast in partnership with Product Development and Buying Team.
  • Assist in creating and
  • Assist in creating and
  • Collaborate with CAD artists
  • Participate in strategic
meetings with recommended assortments (Key Resources, Design, Team Management).
  • Assist in identifying the key
  • Adhere to the seasonal time
  • Create and distribute design
development Package components.

Assortment Vision, Strategy
& Selection

  • Assist in the design of
exclusive products and development of trends that support merchant objectives
and Macy’s brand.
  • Prepare line and presentation
  • Assist in identifying
  • Support VP of Design,
  • Participate in research and
  • Assist in shopping the retail
and trend (fabric/color/fashion) markets seeking new merchandise ideas, as
  • Assist in developing flat
mechanical sketches for design development packages (to technical design and
  • Assist in selecting styles,
  • Assist in reviewing
  • Adhere to the seasonal time
  • Assist in the tracking and
approval of fabric samples, lab dips, strike-offs and other development
  • Assist in approval of counter

Overseas/Domestic Vendors,
Marketing, Product Integrity, & Technical Design

  • Maintain an industry presence
that allows for connections, new business opportunities and ideas at
Macy’s.   Represent and support the Macy’s
brand while maintaining this presence and building relationships.
  • Maintain daily contact with
  • Partner with Product Team in
set-up and presenting to customers divisions at line reviews and buy meetings
for area of responsibility.
  • Communicate regularly with
  • Communicate on a daily basis
  • Communicate regularly with
  • Use Design programs for
  • Assist at fit sessions with
  • Regular, dependable
attendance & punctuality.



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience in
retail, or design internships.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Presentation and organization skills.


  • Understands competitive marketplace and
  • Competitive shop and determine action
necessary to address competitive challenges. Identify any product opportunities
and provide suggestions.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload
with multiple deadlines.


  • This position involves regular walking,
  • May occasionally involve stooping,
  • May involve close vision, color vision,
depth perception, focus adjustment, and viewing computer monitor for extended
periods of time.  
  • Involves manual dexterity for using
  • May involve moving or lifting items under
10 pounds.


  • Proficiency in PC
  • Working knowledge
  • Strong color sense / print sense.

    • Ability to view and differentiate the color

  • Developing and
  • Inspires,
  • Engages team to
examine current practices and encourages creative thinking about how things
could be more effective and efficient.
  • Asserts own ideas
and persuades others in a clear, confident, and composed manner. Tailors
message for the audience and is able to gain support and commitment from
  • Comfortable with
  • Collaborative,
consultative style with a strong ability to establish trust and build
relationships across all levels and functions of the organization.    
  • Resilient,
  • Embraces change
with realistic optimism and persists through challenges and setbacks caused by


  • Ability to work a flexible schedule based
on department and company needs.

This job description is not all inclusive.
Macy’s Inc. reserves the right to amend this job description at any time.
Macy's Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and
inclusive work environment.

About Us

Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers with fiscal 2017 sales of $24.837 billion and approximately 130,000 employees. Macy’s Inc. operates approximately 690 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and more than 180 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage and STORY. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy's flagship stores -- including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California -- are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as, and Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York.