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Senior Product Development Designer

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Date: Jan 10, 2019

Location: Framingham, MA, US

Company: TJX Companies, Inc.

Success is always in style at TJX! Continue to explore career opportunities at TJX, a Fortune 100 company and the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. At TJX, we are proud that, for 40 years, we have been providing amazing value to our customers, but the merchandise we sell is just part of our story. We believe our Associates bring our business to life, and we aim to support you by making TJX a terrific place to work. We are committed to leveraging our differences, and believe that the diverse skills, experiences and background that you bring into the organization will help us continue to succeed. 

Our retail chains include TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Sierra Trading Post and Homesense, as well as and in the U.S.; Winners, HomeSense and Marshalls in Canada; TK Maxx in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria and the Netherlands, as well as Homesense and in the U.K.; and TK Maxx in Australia.


Position Overview:

Works closely with Manager of Design for development of product. Manages and designs apparel for specific product category. Creates mood boards, fabric/color palettes seasonally in collaboration with other members of the design team. Directs and works with CAD designers in house on prints and embellishment boards per season. Creates technical flat sketches for own styles passed to technical designer. Fabricates all styles by fabric, color and print. Works with merchant team to execute vision through a clear merchandising plan. Develops strong customer service and working relationships with internal and external contacts. Communicates a compelling vision. Inspires and develops direct reports. Consistently shops all levels of stores including our own for fashion/trends/color direction and value.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Continually researches Color & Trend information.
  • Has full knowledge of competitive products/brands.
  • Independently travels domestically and overseas to retail shop and attend print and fabric shows.
  • Interprets design concepts and develops them into new products.

  • Develops concept boards, sketch library, designs artwork and selects standards using trend and color services.

  • Selects and purchases original artwork and negotiates pricing.
  • Designs, develops and executes technically accurate artwork for TJX’s licensed brands and private label programs, working with the Product Development team from the concept meeting through the prototype process and artwork execution.

  • Updates the status of multiple projects, anticipating problems and devising solutions.

  • Offers strategic/cost effective solutions as needed.

  • Selects, negotiates, manages and evaluates in-house freelance services for artwork development.

  • Ensures strict deadlines are met.

  • Provides direction and delegates projects to freelancers based on ability.

  • Oversees and maintains trend information, retail information, and color and resource library.

  • Performs special projects, as assigned.


Decision Making:

  • Develops and implements methods to improve efficiencies and ensures best practices.

  • Regularly evaluates freelance and external resource base.

  • Negotiates fees for freelance artists.

  • Purchases artwork and development samples within R&D budget.

  • Recommends potential candidates to hire or promote.

  • Recommends appropriate creative direction.


Required Skills:

  • Degree in Fashion Design or equivalent work experience

  • PC skills including Lotus Notes, Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, IGrafix, U4ia, Prima Vision

  • Detail orientated

  • Effective communication skills

  • Developed fashion sense for clothing design and construction

  • Ability to communicate and interpret conceptual design ideas

  • Strong organizational and follow through skills

  • Works well in a team environment

  • Ability to handle multiple projects

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Understanding of apparel retail merchandising

  • Envisions the future and anticipates rends and their implications for the company


What's In It For You?

TJX has campuses conveniently located off the Mass Pike and Route 495. With us, you'll not only enjoy working for an industry leader, but we also strive to provide a competitive salary and benefits package.

TJX considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, gender identity and expression, marital or military status, or based on any individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. TJX also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local law.


Posting Notes: Framingham  || MA

Nearest Major Market: Framingham
Nearest Secondary Market: Boston

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