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Head of Design - Oasis

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Job Summary:

The primary function of this role is to build, manage and inspire the design team to deliver collections short and medium term time frames on both local and export supply base. This is to be completed with a clear understanding of the customer and to support the commercial targets and strategy of the brand.


Tasks, Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Set an inspiring vision for the future and effectively translate and communicate this to the teams.
  • Take responsibility for driving the design critical path in line with buying and marketing.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth, customer focused knowledge of the market and trends.
  • Provide strong and consistent product direction and handwriting.
  • Provide a balanced range for the customer across all supply base on both short and long lead time frames.
  • Take responsibility for driving best practices.
  • Work to departmental deadlines to produce seasonal and in season trend packs for distribution throughout the business.
  • Work with the Design team to identify relevant trends early including; focused key items for the season, volume lines, colour palettes and print direction.
  • Flexibility to travel both locally and off shore.
  • To build strong working relationships with Department Heads providing design support and influencing as appropriate Bridging the gap between the Designers and Heads Of Departments.
  • Develop direct reports to ensure they are continually progressing.


Managing the Team:


  • Understands, communicates, and manages employees to achieve the goals of the organisation.
  • Utilises leaderships skills and motivation techniques to maximise employee performance and satisfaction.
  • Monitors the team’s overall service and team work daily and identifies and implements strategies to increase service delivery/productivity.
  • Establishes and delivers effective communication strategies within the department.
  • Leads by example in all work related activities, acting as a role model for employees.
  • Proactively delivers job related training for all department members.
  • Works with the Head of HR to identify wider training needs and to create a departmental training plan.
  • Encourages, develops and manages effective employee relations across all areas of the business.
  • Identifies candidates for succession planning & promotion and brings these to the attention of the Head of HR and Director(s).
  • Ensures that the highest standards of personal hygiene, presentation, body language and conduct is maintained by all departmental employees.
  • Works with the Head of HR on the following tasks:
  1. Screens, interviews and selects potential candidates.
  2. Performance reviews
  3. Performance management
  4. Coaching
  5. Counselling
  6. Discipline & Grievance
  7. Attendance/absence management
  8. Wage and salary administration.


The following values and behaviours underpin the working environment at Oasis and we require all employees to adopt them as a prerequisite to achieve our mission statement






- Generates a culture of flexibility and innovative thought

- Actively champions and drives change in line with the departments and business strategy

- Works to establish an environment where individuals feel opinions and ideas are welcomed

- Seizes opportunities to influence the future direction of their team/department within the business


The Company is committed to equality of opportunity for all applicants including those with criminal convictions. Basic Disclosure Information about criminal convictions may be requested to assist the selection process and will be taken into account only when the conviction is considered relevant to the position. A copy of this disclosure policy is available on request. By continuing with this application you are agreeing to comply with this company policy.