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Description

Job ID: 46805
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Design Operations Manager 

Our client is seeking a Design Operations Manager to join their team. The Design Ops Manager is an enthusiastic, motivated, intuitive, and well-organized team player who ensures the Design Studio runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis. They will drive, implement, and manage design process systems and procedures, solve problems, and prioritize amongst multiple tasks. The will provide the energy, focus and organizational horsepower to drive process excellence and enable the Design team to have creative space and focus.

Responsibilities
Serve as Chief of Staff to the Design Director.
Manage day-to-day operations of studio. 
Implement existing templates and tools to drive design process results. 
Develop plans for achieving key dates and deliverables. 
Establish and foster strong cross-functional relationship with Product Management, Development, and Merchandising partners. 
Foster a high-performance team and studio by executing process excellence and driving synergy across Product, Color and Materials design functions. 
Work closely with Ops Director to ensure all policy and procedures are properly implemented for design teams. 
Ensure adherence to deadlines and deliverables both for design teams and for downstream and upstream partners. 
Manage design team budget including monthly reporting to Finance.
Partner with Design Director to create inspiring, motivational and educational experiences for design teams to support team building and creative exploration.

With direction from design leadership and/or creative directors, shepherds seasonal workload and process, including calendar, design tools (images, samples, color, etc.), and resource allocation to ensure timelines and business objectives are met. 
Champions group design efforts, maintaining relationships with internal divisions groups and outside groups where collaborative relationships benefits the brand, product, and creative process (e.g. Commercialization, Merchandising, Footwear). 
Project Management - Oversees seasonal workload by assigning projects to design staff and outside contractors as needed. 
Provides experiences and training that maintains highest level of competency among designers. Influences project direction by acting as integral part of design team. 
Mentors others by sharing business and design expertise. 
Liaison - Represent assigned area of responsibility in a management and professional capacity within the design function and to cross-functional teams. 
Collaborate with other managers within Design and across the matrix to increase efficiencies and ensure design excellence. 
Process Excellence - Partner with design leadership in the creation and implementation of design processes, creative teambuilding experiences, HR planning tracking, and overall design-related needs to promote excellence in design at all times.

Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of 5-6 years’ experience working in creative studios.
Minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in design. 
Strong oral and written communication skills including meeting facilitation and presentations; ability to understand challenges or underlying concerns, share ideas, and develop effective responses or elevate to higher management. 
Demonstrated project management and process excellence. 
Minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in design. 
Strong oral and written communication skills including meeting facilitation and presentations; ability to understand challenges or underlying concerns, share ideas, and develop effective responses or elevate to higher management.  
Demonstrated project management and process excellence. 

Preferred
Experience with product creation process, specifically apparel or footwear.



Benefits
Benefits are available to eligible VanderHouwen contractors and include coverage for medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long term disability, and matching 401k.

About VanderHouwen 
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide.  Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.

VanderHouwen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. VanderHouwen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal civil rights laws. 
 

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