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Associate, Design & Marketing Manager

Arden Companies

This is a Contract position in Detroit, MI posted September 16, 2020.

Arden Companies, a leading manufacturer and distributor of outdoor cushions and pillows to retailers across the US and Canada, has an exciting opportunity to join their Design Team based in the corporate headquarters, just north of Detroit.

The Design and Marketing Associate is a key part of a cross-functional team that brings new and innovative product lines and comprehensive programs to life at the store level as well as on retailer websites.

They are responsible for driving the strategic development of pattern and color as well as marketing materials for their assigned key account(s) which will help Arden drive profitable sales and increase revenue.

Primary Responsibilities: Develop and leverage strong relationships, both internal and external to lead the development and execution of a holistic strategy per retailer(s) including trend, design and marketing.

Direct our team of textile designers in the creation of art from start to finish for assigned retail account(s).

Work with product tracking software to enter and distribute product details to supply chain.

Become the expert for assigned retailer account(s) color management process requirements.

Become an expert in the category and product through conducting market research, competitive analysis and consumer surveys.

Identify new product opportunities, product extensions and promotional opportunities.

Be familiar with product and merchandising at assigned retail accounts and all Arden key retailers.

Work within PLM program and with account cross-functional teams to approve and launch final products that will appear on the retailers’ shelf.

This includes reviewing item drawings, reviewing product specific details, and approving samples made by Arden’s US and Asia teams.

Help prepare presentation materials (slides, samples, renderings, etc.) for retailer meetings, as it pertains to industry trends, product, planograms, company overview, etc.

Special Projects as assigned.

Professional Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required (Design, Apparel Merchandising or related Marketing/Business field preferred) 1-2 years’ work experience in in design, product development, merchandising or related area.

Soft lines experience is strongly preferred Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop), and Microsoft Office applications Strong written and verbal communication skills, a propensity for leadership, excellent attention to detail and organization Strong conceptual, process, color evaluation and planning skills Demonstrate a professional demeanor and appearance and be able to relate to customers Both creative and analytic thinker who can manage multiple tasks and prioritize working within tight, concurrent deadlines Must be willing to travel domestically and internationally (approx.

15%) Qualified applicants should include their portfolio along with their resume for consideration