Head of Design - TOPMAN

Working Here

Putting menswear on the fashion map, British brand Topman is a style authority. From famous style staples to sharp tailoring, Topman has earned its sartorial stripes with an unswerving, energetic approach to producing truly exciting, aspirational men’s fashion.

As a brand ambassador with shared responsibility for the product strategy and trend direction of the Brand you will ensure original design translates into commercial success on a global scale.

A role at TOPMAN promises a fast paced, challenging and innovative working environment. The key to our success is our people, and becoming part of this inspiring team will be a really fantastic opportunity for the right person!

The Job

  • Provides strong and consistent product direction, ensuring there is balance in the range to include development of seasonal key looks and essential pieces.
  • Works closely with the Buying Senior Management team to generate and communicate key product direction and brand ‘handwriting’.
  • Supports the range development process to ensure a balanced commercial ranges is delivered to all channels.
  • Drives and manages the brand trend critical path; ensuring timely delivery of trend information to the brand.
  • Displays an in-depth, customer-focused knowledge of markets and trends.
  • Co-ordinates events e.g. Press days, either organising or acting as the link between the relevant teams.
  • Manages development of bespoke product collections, ensuring they are commercial yet fashion focused.
  • Regularly reviews processes within Design to continually drive improvements and ensure maximum efficiency and high performance.
  • Responsible for building and driving a communication forum between Design and all other brand functions to ensure the season’s trends and themes are communicated across the business.
  • Builds and maintains a strong, varied network of contacts and communicates with all to achieve win-win situations.
  • Presents with authority and professionalism at all times.
  • Tailors communication appropriately both upwards and downwards – recognising when to challenge and when to listen.

Develops a high performing team:

  • Defines and communicates a clear vision of the future and translates this into understandable goals and targets.
  • Provides positive leadership supporting the brand strategy and encourages others to do so.
  • Drives the Talent management process for the TOPMAN Design team ensuring the right learning and development interventions are in place.

Must Haves

  • Design flair
  • Creative thinker with the ability to develop the full potential from projects and to take advantage of new developments.
  • Creative eye
  • Experience of working in a fast paced fashion retailing environment with solid design experience.
  • Ability to operate in a dynamic, constantly evolving environment.
  • Strategic Awareness & Thinking – Ability to initiate new strategic direction for the business and realise the objectives.
  • Results driven – committed to making things happen, ability to juggle initiatives and able to prioritise those that will have bigger impact on business.
  • Problem Solving – ability to gather all key information and then use logic and creativity to propose solutions.
  • Persuasion & Influence – ability to present information in an engaging and concise style that instils confidence, buy in to ideas and commitment to making things happen.
  • Capacity to build strong working relationships throughout the brand and work effectively with all levels.
  • Organisational skills – ability to put in place an effective Design critical path.
  • Strong Communication skills – ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all levels.
  • Team Leadership – Motivates and inspires team to go the extra mile, creating clear goals and priorities to for the team to work towards.

Added Extras

  • Early finish Fridays during Summer!
  • 25% discount across all our fab 8 brands to shop until you drop
  • Stunning London offices with a restaurant, bar and beauty salon to always look and feel your best
  • Regular sample sales to refresh your wardrobe at fractional prices
  • Fun, inspiring and ambitious colleagues pushing the boundaries across the whole business
  • Regular competitions to win amazing prizes
  • Events to support our diverse range of charities
  • Core hours