Director of Design- Jewelry

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About Kendra Scott:
We are a fun, talented and driven team dedicated to providing our customers with gorgeous products and a WOW! experience. Family, fashion and philanthropy are at the core of our company and though we move at a very fast pace, we are committed to maintaining a family-oriented work environment and giving back to our community. A passion for great design, dedication to innovation and a strong social media presence are our building blocks for creating a unique and engaging lifestyle brand across all channels, including retail stores, wholesale accounts and e-commerce. Our headquarters are located in the heart of Austin, Texas, and we embrace the unique vibe and energy of our hometown as an inspiration for our brand and company culture.
Position Overview:
We have an exciting opportunity to join our incredibly talented Design team at Kendra Scott! Reporting to the VP of Design, the primary focus of the Director of Design- Jewelry is to guide the Design team in the timely, effective and on-brand completion of jewelry collections and projects.
• Guide Design team to best interpret direction from Design leadership into on-brand, beautiful jewelry collections that meet aesthetic, assortment and business goals
• Oversee design of multiple jewelry collections and accompanying technical processes
• Guarantee standard of best practices for design production process and pro-actively implement improvements
• Review completed jewelry prototypes to ensure that desired aesthetics are translated to finished product
• Partner with Design leadership team to ensure alignment with design intent and assortment goals during prototyping phase and throughout entire design process
• Partner with Product Development and Merchandizing leaders to align and collaborate at key process milestones
• Attend industry conferences, lectures, trade shows, and other avenues of research to keep informed of new product directions and trends
• Maintain a clean, efficient and safe working environment
Design Team Member:
• Champion the Kendra Scott design aesthetic, quality expectation and innovative mindset
• Maintain a high level of communication and collaboration with Design leadership team and peers to ensure continual progress toward timely, accurate and cohesive assortment completion
• Confer within Design team and cross functional teams to establish and assess best practices for
day-to-day operations and organization of all shared design data
• Contribute own and regard others personal aesthetic sensibilities to enrich team perspective
• Must be organized, able to act independently as well as take direction, and able to switch rapidly between different projects in a fast-paced environment
• Maintain a clean, efficient and safe work space
Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
• 10+ years’ experience as a jewelry design leader for a high-growth company
• Experience with jewelry fabrication and manufacturing
• Expertise in manufacturing needs for fashion and fine jewelry with focus on achieving aesthetic form and mechanical functionality
• Working knowledge of Photoshop, MS Excel, Illustrator and Rhino preferred
• Ability to sketch and provide other visual directives
• Excellent ability to comprehend and communicate aesthetic and conceptual intent with a particular focus on brand objectives and production capabilities
• Excellent attention to detail
• A strong ability to build cross functional partnerships and work collaboratively
• A proven ability to define and achieve departmental objectives, strategies and develop plans with achievable timelines
• An inventive solutions-oriented mentality
• A growth mindset: track record of leveraging past learnings, encouraging new ideas and smart risk taking in self and others
• Strong communication skills with a proven ability to build cross functional partnerships to make effective decisions collaboratively
• Strong executive presence with ability to compel and inspire internal and external audiences
• High commitment to personal and employee growth and development: empowers team and defines success as having a significant impact on other’s careers
• A shared appreciation for our 3 core values of Family, Fashion and Philanthropy

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