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Design and Development

Michael Page Design & Development can offer a full range of staffing solutions across Permanent, Contract and Temporary vacancies within the fashion and non-fashion industries.
 
Our Design and Development specialism has a head count of nine who are specifically located across London, Weybridge, Birmingham and Manchester in order to achieve maximum coverage of the UK. Our Consultants work across the retail, brands, supplier, wholesale and import industries. They look at all aspects of the product design and development processes across all sectors within the retail industry. Specifically:
 
  • Fashion
  • Home/Textiles
  • Toys
  • DIY
  • General Merchandise
 
Design
 
Design is broken into two areas – the creation of the apparel, accessory or product, and the graphic/print design that ends up on the product.
 
Designers are responsible for developing exciting designs and staying true to the brands handwriting and aesthetic. Within fashion this is about constantly innovating and driving the range forward to stay ahead of competitors. Within non-fashion Designers need to work to a brief given to them by the buying team that will ensure the product is attractive to the customer in terms of aesthetics and price point.
 
They will create detailed CAD’s that are then shared with the product development team as well as working closely with the buyer to ensure the critical path is met and the product hits the shop floor/website when it is still ‘on-trend’.
 
Graphic/Print Designers specialise in designing graphic images/typography to go onto the garments or product as well as washes and effects for fabrics and embellishments
 
Typical roles will include: Graphic, 3D Print, CAD, Apparel, Accessory Designers from Assistant up to Head of level.
 
Development
 
Technologists are responsible for ensuring that high quality and fit standards are met. They will generally carry out fit sessions, liaise with suppliers and factories and see garments and products through the whole production process.
 
QA Managers will be involved in overseeing quality procedures, liaising with suppliers to resolve issues, reviewing quality and legal compliance processes and requirements in order to provide an improved approach. Supporting the development of products, advising Far East sourcing team on technical and product compliance and working with factories to ensure compliance are all part of the job.
 
Production Specialists are responsible for ensuring the smooth delivery of product. Typically, they will be involved in costings, delivery dates and troubleshooting on any production issues which arise.
 
Product Developers work very closely with the design team, often supporting research or selecting styles. The main part of the role involves managing the critical path, negotiating costs with factories, sourcing and developing fabrics, attending fit sessions with garment technologists and sometimes travelling to visit factories.
 
Typical roles will include:
 
  • Garment Technologies
  • Technical Manager
  • Quality Controller
  • Head of Quality
  • Production Coordinator
  • Product Developer