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Caleres Design Director in New York, New York

We seek an experienced footwear designer with a passion for contemporary women’s footwear to join our Design team in New York.

We are Caleres, a global footwear company with brands that fit people’s lives. We are ferocious about fit and living our mission of inspiring people to feel great…feet first!

We seek people who:

  • Partner with product development, sales and costing to design, conceptualize, materialize, detail, develop and cost a comprehensive and balanced collection whilst ensuring core items delivered assortment (focus on product relevance, balanced& commercial interpretations)

  • Formulate the big picture to effectively capture the brand's essence

  • Leverage all available data points (trends, competitive landscape, channel feedback, customer insights, commercial innovation) to identify new product and category opportunities to achieve long range growth plans

  • Create product strategies to target key demographics and specific customer segments to maximize growth opportunities

  • Ensure development of Merchandise Financial Plans and seasonal line plans to provide roadmap for design team

  • Ensure trend right product is created and assorted to meet consumer need, support brand strategies and achieve financial goals through seasonal product direction to design team

  • Guide development from briefs through creative process by planning work flow, setting clear direction and priorities for product teams and driving cooperation between design, development and sourcing

We seek people with these qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field

  • 10+years of Product experience in footwear industry preferred

  • 10+ years of total Retail/ Wholesale experience

  • Ability to set strategy and prioritize tasks

  • Strong sketching ability

  • Experience leading trend and design research required

  • Excellent communication (oral & written) and presentation skills

  • SAP/AFS system knowledge preferred

But most of all, we seek people who share our values and our ferocity for fit.

People passionate about their work. People who hold themselves and others accountable. People who think a $2.8 billion company should be as creative as a start-up. People driven by an insatiable curiosity. People who care about being the best, among the best.

Requisition ID: 2021-11294

Street: New York Showroom