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EXPRESS Fashion Trend Director in New York, New York

The Brand that Gets You to What’s Next

Express is the vibrant, confident lifestyle brand for ambitious people, providing the latest fashion for style-obsessed men and women since 1980. Our mission is to provide inspiration and confidence through fashion to help people get to what's next in their day, and their lives. With more than 600 retail and outlet stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Latin America, and a best-in-class online/mobile shopping experience at www.express.com, Express brings city-inspired style to customers across the globe.

A Workplace To Match

We think you'll like it here.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, generous associate discount, and casual work environment. Working at Express is much more than the 9 to 5. It is an opportunity to connect and engage with some of the smartest individuals in the fashion business doing work they are passionate about. This is the Express Life and we’re always looking for talented leaders at all levels to join our team; if this sounds like you, we'd love to chat!

Position Summary

The Director of Fashion Trend will work with the team to provide the design functions with appropriate, relevant, well-grounded consumer and marketplace insights, as well as product trends. You will influence the product creation process by providing an informed and relevant local point of view based on ongoing observation and analysis of the Company consumer as well as analysis of existing product ranges, both from direct and not-so obvious competition

Key Responsibilities

  • Research global trends, aggregate consumer and cultural insights into macro themes and deliver those themes to Design Leadership and the broader Product and Merchandising.

  • Identify and differentiate emerging, continuing and waning product and marketplace trends.

  • Research and analyze directional women’s/men’s culture, tracking trends 12-18 months in advance, to feed into global macro trend and future product trend reports developed ahead of each seasonal creative launch.

  • Develop close connections with local design colleges, youth networks, trailblazers and tastemakers and connect regularly with these groups and individuals informally and formally through focus groups, interviews, and conversation, to continually monitor youth culture and movements.

  • Define and identify opportunities to shape product creation and consumer experiences.

  • Adhere to the go to market product process calendar to ensure information is provided at relevant dates and hits all critical milestones.

  • Serve up relevant and actionable opportunities to Merchandising.

  • Partner with other researchers within the consumer insights community of practice to develop holistic and robust consumer insights.

  • Inform and inspire internal stakeholders and decision makers.

  • Research and develop trend watch.

  • Update direction based on shifts in product performance, feedback from market and competitive trends.

  • Provide all necessary collection information related to styles, colors and trends.

  • Possess the ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment, to resolve conflict.

  • Mentor, train and develop staff’s capabilities and professional growth as effective business managers.

  • Ability to supervise a team which is multi-talented and has individuals with diverse experience.

  • Create a positive/ supportive work environment.

  • Create synergy across departments and divisions.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 7+ years’ experience in marketplace insights, as well as product trends.

  • Must be outgoing, active on personal social media, comfortable talking to consumers and thrive in social environments.

  • Proven consumer knowledge/insight. Strong networking and influencing know-how.

  • Demonstrated competency leading global teams across multiple time zones and varied skill levels.

  • Exceptional presentation skills exceptional visual communication, research, and analysis; information seeker.

  • Excellent knowledge of the global marketplace and retail landscape.

  • Strong analytical acumen.

  • Expert evidence builder with strong storytelling skills.

  • Experience in connecting observations of trends in product and consumer needs and translation of those into actionable business opportunities.

  • Experience in participating in multiple projects with competing resources and deadlines.Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop relationships across all levels.

  • Skilled in the visual, written and verbal communication of design issues.

  • Able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and be flexible to change priorities.

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.

Diversity Vision Statement

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. We are an equal employment opportunity of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our associates and applicants without discrimination based on their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or

expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected factor.

Closing -

As an equal opportunity employer, Express does not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment on the basis of any federal, state, or locally protected class. Express only hires individuals authorized for employment in the United States.

Notification to Agencies: Please note that Express does not accept unsolicited resumes or calls from third-party recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement and approval from HR to submit resumes for a specific requisition, Express will not consider or approve payment to any third-parties for hires made.

Requisition ID: 2020-6809

Street: Express - New York

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