Job details

Designer- (FTC Maternity cover)

Job reference: 003810

Closing date: 11/03/2021

Salary: Competitive Salary (DOE) plus excellent benefits

Department: Design, Technical and QA

Hours per week: 36.17 hours per week

JD Williams / N Brown group have been trading in the heart of Manchester for over 150 years. Our vision is to become the universally loved experts in fashion that fits by helping our customers’ look and feel amazing through our trusted family of brands 

Our people are obsessive about customer service, enriched with data and powered by the latest technology to drive our business forward. As we continue to invest in our goal of becoming a leading digital retailer there’s never been a better time to join us! 


We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and passionate Designer to join a collaborative, creative and innovative Design team on a fixed term contract basis. The purpose of this role is to design new and innovative products and review existing products to ensure that the ranges remain inspirational and relevant and we are covering key trends in line with our competitors. You will deliver key trends, colour and shape direction to the business in trend books and presentations. 

You will support the selection process to deliver exciting and commercial ranges, delivering optimal brand and customer performance whilst demonstrating full understanding of our customers’ needs with regards to shape, fit and trend direction. 

  • Additional key responsibilities:  

  • Collaborate with the Buying team on direction for the forthcoming season, to build a balanced and cohesive range across the product range. 

  • Keeping up to date with market intelligence, specifically around key competitors and future trends; providing insight and inspiration to the Design and Buying Teams. 

  • Creation of new and exciting ranges that innovate in terms of product opportunity and the identification of new and developing trends. 

  • Briefing and liaison with suppliers on new development and designs. 

  • Working with QA and Buying on updating fit and pushing innovation in fabric and silhouette. 

  • Modernisation and design of product ranges in line with key competitors, driving improved net sales performance and gains in market share. 

  • Ensuring harmonisation of trends across all products within relevant areas. 

  • Strong understanding of the Brand and customer. 

What you will need to succeed as a Designer: 

  • An experienced Designer with a related degree or equivalent qualification and broad experience in a creative, commercial environment.   

  • Able to demonstrate exceptional Design skills within the required field. 

  • Commercially aware and motivational with the ability to coach a creative mind-set with the team.  

  • Have excellent time management and strong verbal and written communication skills along with ability to communicate via a variety of media with various stakehold 

  • You should be highly organised with CAD, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop knowledge. 

Employees in our business may have access to our customers’ personal data therefore for a number of our roles, offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory criminal record check. 

Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an individual from obtaining a position with JD Williams 



The closing date for this job has now passed.