Senior Manager, Design Studio Management Position with Coach

Title:Senior Director, Design Management Studio
Primary objective:The Senior Manager, Design Management Studio is responsible for directing the design and development facilitation and development of leather goods, footwear and specialty categories in 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 in-house sample rooms on the end-to-end process. They play a vital role at every step, ensuring that the design intent is executed to the highest standards. This role acts as a key ambassador for design.
Main Responsibilities:
– Lead the design process, lead communication, and share creative vision across all categories and cross-functional partners, upholding design integrity while ensuring key milestones are met.
– Acts as a bridge between product design and development, with in-depth knowledge of product details and desired outcomes.
– Work closely with the PMO and PD to ensure that milestones are in line with established design deadlines. Act as the design lead in discussions on the strategic schedule.
– Coordinates information for special projects and collaborations (outside of the seasonal briefs and collections process). Galvanizes the cross-functional team to support and partners to develop timelines, often abbreviated, to achieve success.
– Acts as a gatekeeper, filtering out all new design requests to keep the workload balanced.
– Liaise with RTW Design & Design Studio Manager to share information and ensure seasonal concepts / ideas flow through leather goods and footwear design teams.
– Make sure designers are aware of upcoming meetings. Prepare the tools, resources and information needed to help designers achieve deliverables. .
– Anticipate potential challenges, obstacles and delays and proactively provide recommendations and contingency plans. Provide solutions for improvements and process improvements, reducing complexity and non-creative work where possible.
– Participate in Product Committee meetings with those in charge of design, merchandising and development.
– Help create a creative atmosphere and workplace, creating an inspiring environment for all

– Minimum of 7 to 10 years of expertise in the design and development of luxury leather goods and accessories required
– Must have a global mindset and experience working with cross-functional partners
– Demonstrated success in managing a studio / design processes
– Must be very resourceful and knowledgeable
– Strong and convincing communication style; ability to mobilize teams around a creative vision
– Highly collaborative working style
Our skills for all employees
Courage: does not retain anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, comprehensive and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; deal with people’s problems on any person or situation (excluding direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
Creativity: offers many new and unique ideas; easily makes connections between previously unrelated concepts; tends to be seen as original and value added in brainstorming contexts.
Client orientation: Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; obtains first-hand information about customers and uses them to improve products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with clients and earns their trust and respect.
Dealing with ambiguity: can effectively cope with change; can change gears comfortably; can decide and act without seeing the big picture; is not upset when things are in the air; does not need to finish things before moving on; can comfortably manage risk and uncertainty.
Drive for results: He can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is consistently and systematically one of the most efficient; very results oriented; firmly pushes oneself and others to get results.
Sense of interpersonal relationships: Get along well with all kinds of people, up, down and sideways, inside and outside the organization; establishes appropriate relationships; builds constructive and effective relationships; demonstrates diplomacy and tact; can comfortably diffuse even high voltage situations.
Learn on the fly: Learns quickly when faced with new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures in search of signs of improvement; experiment and try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unknown tasks; quickly captures the essence and underlying structure of anything.
Our skills for all People Managers
Strategic agility: sees clearly ahead; can anticipate future consequences and trends with precision; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future-oriented; can articulately paint believable images and visions of possibilities and probabilities; can create competitive and revolutionary strategies and plans.
Development of direct and other reports:Provides challenging and demanding tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of individual career goals; constructs convincing development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept development movements; support those in need of aid and development; cooperates with the development system of the organization; is a builder of people.
Building effective teams: Merges people into teams as needed; creates a strong morale and spirit in their team; shares victories and successes; promotes open dialogue; let people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging to the team.
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