Seasonal Design Manager

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 07/02/2023

Seasonal Design Manager

Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA

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About the role

We are delighted to be recruiting for a  Seasonal Design Manager to join our Home team here at Tesco.

Covering Seasonal, Paper Shop, Homeware and License product, this is an exciting and creative role for a design manager to join our team, who is driven and passionate about leading and delivering a creative commercial vision for their category.

The role will need the successful candidate to be influential with key stakeholders as well as having a proven proactive and forthcoming attitude with spotting the latest design and social trends then developing and actioning them into commercial strategies.

This would suit a candidate who can demonstrate an ability to lead a seasonal trend direction, designing our home wear, stationary and seasonal products. 

You will be responsible for

  • Lead & develop a cohesive vision & range for the department, ensuring that product reflects Tesco DNA and strategy, the range is without gaps or duplication, and that the season is logically and commercially thought through
  • Working closely and collaboratively with the total design team to develop seasonal and consumer macro trends to ensure we are chasing customer demand correctly.
  • Collaborating across departments and functions of the business including Clothing, Food, Brand, Customer & Events to ensure the design vision is communicated clearly.
  • Identifying and executing new product opportunities as they emerge in the market
  • Contributing to business wide initiatives and projects, positively influencing and championing change 
  • Using relevant sales data and insights to design commercially relevant, fashion forward ranges
  • Anticipating the needs of the Tesco customers, using sales data, customer profile analytics and trend research to deliver commercial product ranges
  • Sourcing new fabrications, techniques and trimmings
  • Working closely with in-house Buying teams – collaborating to create fresh product, each season and shape the product direction for the department, ensuring that it is aligned to the brand and divisional strategy
  • Working with the Technical team, identifying & scoping risk to produce a commercial range
  • Building relationships with suppliers and advising factories on direction, silhouette, construction, key details, fabrics, trimmings and artworks.
  • Managing, developing and motivating more junior team members, providing them with clear direction and regular feedback
  • Supporting and deputising for the Head of Design as required, for example, attending product reviews or guiding the team on range building
  • Maintaining a clear understanding of brand purpose and product with Integrity by ensuring these principles are fully embedded within the team. Looking for opportunities to use sustainable materials wherever possible
  • Providing clear direction and development to the team, identifying individual training needs and encouraging collaborative ways of working
  • Motivating and engaging the team through recognition and regular feedback
  • Good understanding of all elements of design: illustration, pattern, page layout, colour, product design, trends with the ability to create new graphic design assets from scratch


You will need

  • BA degree in Design (product, fashion, furniture, textiles, surface pattern, decorative arts)
  • Relevant industry experience within a design product retailer.
  • Experience of working cross-functionally to deliver initiatives that have a positive commercial impact
  • Proven ability to drive the success of a department or brand through strategic and commercial thinking
  • Experience with Photoshop, Adobe, CAD.
  • Strong organisation skills, initiative, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • The ability to build great relationships with colleagues across the business and suppliers alike
  • Can gain buy in from the team and management to potentialise opportunities
  • Embraces and champions the benefits of change within the wider team
  • Demonstrates an effective and inclusive leadership style, role modelling positive behaviours and providing the team with clear direction and development
  • Comfortable travelling in the UK and internationally for supplier/product development meetings and inspirational purposes

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work! These include but are not limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme.
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (plus 8 Bank holidays).
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution.
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay.
  • Great colleague deals and discounts, saving you money on everyday purchases, eating out and utility bills for the home.
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want.

Click here to read more about the benefits we have available for our colleagues.

About us

Our vision at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home or out on the move. Our core purpose is ‘Serving our customers, communities and planet a little better every day’. Serving means more than a transactional relationship with our customers. It means acting as a responsible and sustainable business for all stakeholders, for the communities we are part of and for the planet.

We are proud to have an inclusive culture at Tesco where everyone truly feels able to be themselves. At Tesco, we not only celebrate diversity, but recognise the value and opportunity it brings. We're committed to creating a workplace where differences are valued, and make sure that all colleagues are given the same opportunities. We're a big business with diverse working patterns and many business areas which means that we can find something that works for you. Everyone is welcome at Tesco.

We have recently announced that we will be moving towards a more blended working week – combining office and remote working. Our offices will continue to be where we connect, collaborate and innovate. Please talk to us to about how this can work for you.

NOTE: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details on your agreed start date.

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