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Coach Inc Sr. Manager, Design Studio Management in New York, New York

Coach is a global fashion house founded in New York in 1941. Inspired by the vision of Creative Director Stuart Vevers and the inclusive and courageous spirit of our hometown, we make beautiful things, crafted to last-for you to be yourself in.
Coach is part of the Tapestry portfolio - a global house of brands committed to stretching what's possible.
Title:Sr. Manager, Design Management Studio Department:Design
Primary Purpose:The SeniorManager, Design Management Studiois responsible for leading the facilitation of the design and development of leathergoods, footwear, and specialty categories across Women's and Men's Coach 1941, Coach NY, and Coach Outlet.The Senior Manager will work cross-functionally with Design, Creative, Merchandising, Product Development, Materials Development, Sourcing and our internal sample rooms on the end to end process.They play a critical role at every milestone, ensuring the design intent is executed to the highest standards. This role acts as a key ambassador for Design.

Key Responsibilities:
Drives the design process, leads communication and shares the creative vision across all categories and cross-functional partners, upholding design integrity while ensuring key milestones are met.
Acts as bridge between design and product development, with keen knowledge of product details and desired results.
Partner closely with PMO and PD to ensure milestone dates are in line with established design timelines. Act as a proxy for design in strategic timeline discussions.
Owns coordination of information for Special Projects and Collaborations (outside of the seasonal brief process and collections). Galvanizes cross-functional team to support and partners to develop timelines, often abbreviated, to achieve success.
Acts as gatekeeper, filtering all new design requests in order to maintain workload balance.
Liaise with RTW design studio manager and design to share information and ensure seasonal concepts/ideas flow through across the leathergoods and footwear design teams.
Ensure designers are aware of upcoming meetings. Prepare tools resources and information needed to support the designers to meet deliverables. .
Anticipate challenges, roadblocks and potential delays and proactively provide recommendations and contingency plans. Provide solutions for process improvements and enhancements, reducing complexity and non-creative work where possible.
Participate in Product Committee meetings with heads of design, merchandising and development.
Helps to drive creative atmosphere and workplace, creating an inspiring environment for all

Requirements:
Minimum 7-10years of expertise in design and development of luxury leathergoods and accessories required
Must have a global mindset and experience working with cross-functional partners
Demonstrated success in managing design studio/processes
Must be highly resourceful and savvy
Strong and compelling communication style; ability to galvanize teams around a creative vision
Highly collaborative working style

Our Competencies for All Employees
Courage: Doesn't hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn't upset when things are up in the air; doesn't have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
Our Competencies for All People Managers
Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
Developing Direct Reports and Others:Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept developmental moves; will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the developmental system in the organization; is a people builder.
Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong moraleand spirit in theirteam; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.

Coach is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant's or employee's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. Visit Coach at \#LI-MS1 www.coach.com.

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