CAREER PROFILE AND KEY COMPETENCIES

- 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN DESIGN, WITH 15 YEARS DESIGNING AT A SENIOR LEVEL.

- VERY STRONG MENSWEAR PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE, ENSURING HIGH STANDARDS OF DESIGN, FIT, WORKMANSHIP AND QUALITY.

- TREND FORECASTING SKILLS ACQUIRED FROM EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE, OS TRAVEL AND RESEARCH.

- SUCCESSFUL IN CREATING ON TREND COLLECTIONS ACROSS ALL CATEGORIES OF PRODUCT.

- SKILLED AT SEEKING PRODUCT EXTENSION OPPORTUNITIES.

- EXPERIENCED AT SOURCING PREMIUM FABRICATIONS AND FACTORIES.

- EXCELLENT NEGOTIATION, COMMUNICATION AND PRESENTATION SKILLS.

- ESTABLISHED STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHINA, VIETNAM, SRI LANKA AND EUROPEAN SUPPLY BASE.

- EXCELLENT PEOPLE MANAGEMENT SKILLS WITH EMPHASIS ON CREATING A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT TO ENCOURAGE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, SUCCESSION PLANNING AND OPEN HONEST COMMUNICATION.

- STRONG VM AND STYLING KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE.

- DRIVING FORCE BEHIND BUILDING BRAND DNA, DEFINING TARGET MARKETS AND CUSTOMER PROFILES.

- ENSURE DESIGN AND VISUAL MERCHANDISING OF PRODUCT EXCEEDS TARGET MARKET EXPECTATIONS.

- EXPERIENCED IN BOTH WHOLESALE AND VERTICAL OPERATIONS.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

SABA - HEAD OF SABA MENSWEAR DESIGN

OCTOBER 2015 - JUNE 2017

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE IS TO ACHIEVE SALES THROUGH CONTINUAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF SABA MENSWEAR APPAREL

AND ACCESSEORIES RANGES IN LINE WITH AGREED RANGE PLANS, BRAND POSITIONING, MARKET DIRECTION AND FINANCIAL

EXPECTATIONS.

 

PRODUCT

- SET THE BRAND / PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT DIRECTION FOR EACH SEASON.

- ENSURE THE DESIGN TEAM ADHERES TO THE CRITICAL PATH AND HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE DEVELOPMENT 

PROCESS AND PRINCIPLES.

- REGULAR DEVELOPMENT TRIPS TO CHINA WITHIN THE AGREED CP.

- RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGN AND PRESENTATION OUTCOMES OF THE ENTIRE MENSWEAR BUSINESS.

- ENSURE THE COLLECTION IS COHESIVE, ON TREND, IN LINE WITH THE CUSTOMER PROFILE AND MEETS PRICING / FIRST 

MARGIN REQUIREMENTS.

- IDENTIFY / PROPOSE NEW PRODUCT OPPORTUNITIES IN LINE WITH BUSINESS STRATEGY AND CUSTOMER PROFILE.

- ONGOING TRAINING OF TEAM WITH REGARDS TO FIT AND TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THE DESIGN PROCESS.

 

FORECASTING

- IN CONJUNCTION WITH DESIGNERS ACROSS ALL SABA CATEGORIES, SET THE SEASONAL TRENDS IN LINE WITH THE

BRAND STRATEGY.

- TRAVEL OS REGULARLY TO IDENTIFY AND INTERPRET MARKET TRENDS.

- ENSURE THE TEAM HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE TREND DIRECTION OF THE BRAND.

 

PEOPLE MANAGEMENT

- LEADERSHIP OF THE TEAM TO DELIVER QUALITY WORK AND PERFORMANCE  OUTCOMES.

- BUILD AND EVOLVE THE TEAM, ENSURING SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE INCREASED BUSINESS ACTIVITY AND

PERSONAL GROWTH.

 

SUPPLY RELATIONSHIPS

- DEVELOP STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH KEY SUPPLIERS.

- ENSURE ALL PRODUCT MEETS SABA STANDARDS IN TERMS OF QUALITY FIT, COMFORT AND WORKMANSHIP.

- ANALYSE, PROPOSE AND NEGOTIATE RELEVANT FABRICATION AND GARMENT PROGRAMS WITH MILLS AND FACTORIES

THAT ARE ON BRAND AND PRICE AFFECTIVE.

 

CRITICAL PATHS

- SOURCING, SELECTION, PRESENTATION AND FIT ARE IN LINE WITH CP DEADLINES.

- ENSURE ALL CP DATES AND IMPORT PACK INFORMATION COMPLETED BY DESIGN AND TECHNICAL IS TIMELY AND ACCURATE.

 

PRODUCT PRESENTATIONS

- ESTABLISH KEY LOOKS AND STYLING THAT REFLECT THE TREND FORECASTS FOR THE SEASON TO BE USED FOR PR,

VM AND ADVERTISING PURPOSES.

- PRODUCT ROAD SHOWS, WHICH CONSIST OF INTERSTATE TRAVEL SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR TO PRESENT COLLECTIONS TO

RETAIL TEAMS.

 

MARCS - HEAD OF MENSWEAR (M. WEBSTER HOLDINGS)

OCTOBER 2013 - OCTOBER 2015

 

SPORTSCRAFT - HEAD OF MENSWEAR DESIGN (APG AND CO)

JULY 2006 - OCTOBER 2013

 

MARCS - SENIOR MENSWEAR DESIGNER (OROTON GROUP)

JULY 2003 - JUNE 2006

 

AZTEC ROSE - DESIGNER (BRAS'N'THINGS)

JAN 2000 - JUNE 2003

 

SMP - DESIGNER (SMP)

OCTOBER 1997 - JAN 2000

 

EDUCATION

 

1996 - 1998 / KVB FASHION COLLEGE

DIPLOMA IN DESIGN

 

REFERENCES ON REQUEST