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Retail Art Director

Date: Jul 24, 2019

Location: New York, NY, US

Company: Fast Retailing Group

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of approximately 1.14 trillion yen for the 2013 fiscal year ending August 31, 2013 (US $11.62 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2013 rate of $1 = 98.36 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

 

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a truly global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 1,200 stores in 14 markets worldwide including Japan, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S. In addition, Grameen UNIQLO, a social business established in Bangladesh in September 2010, opened its two first stores in Dhaka in July 2013. UNIQLO operates an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel. The company believes that truly great clothes should be supremely comfortable, feature universal designs, are of high quality and offer a superb fit to everyone who wears them.

 

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.

 

 

Job: Retail Art Director

Supervisor: Head of Marketing

Location: New York, NY

 

 This role will lead in the expression of the brand and its products in our brick and mortar stores with the intent of driving short and long term growth of the business. S/he will lead a team of graphic designers to build assets that communicate the story of the brand in our stores. This candidate will partner with the brand’s Global, Merchandising and Visual Merchandising teams to achieve the most optimal presentation of the brand and its products in-store.  

                                         

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for leveraging the brand’s Global Marketing assets strategically to develop the most efficient and engaging representation of the brand in-store, while ensuring a deep understanding and alignment of business and customer needs
  • Leads the long term creative evolution of the brand in partnership with Product, Media, Merchandising and Store Teams
  • Develops and leads the internal content development process in close partnership with Product, Media, Merchandising and Store Teams, ensuring that the content generation effectively and efficiently fulfils business goals
  • Operational responsibility for managing a team of graphic designers; attract, assess, retain, and develop talent by creating an environment that provides direction, continuous learning and development, as well as a commitment to common vision and shared values.
  • Directs and oversees a team of designers and Marketing Services professionals.
  • Works closely with in-store teams to create Marketing asset guidelines that meet both creative and business objectives of all stores.
  • Develops design, layout and release of assigned projects.
  • Maintains proper administrative controls to ensure all deadlines/release dates are met.
  • Participates in presentation meetings and weekly production meetings.
  • Responsible for post-creative production follow through.
  • Monitors the bid or proposal process to ensure organizational goals are met.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 10+ years creative marketing experience with a deep strength in in-store marketing preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Visual Arts, Design, Marketing, Journalism or related experience
  • Ability and comfort with working at least 30% of time in the store to ensure brand creative guidelines are met and maintained
  • Interest in working closely with store teams within the store environment.
  • Proven ability to work in all mediums
  • Demonstrated leadership skills along with proven experience managing and developing talent within creative teams in an in-house or agency environment
  • Strong understanding of customer mindset and preferences in the in-store/retail environment.
  • Strong understanding of brand development and multichannel marketing
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated success collaborating, partnering and influencing at all levels and across all functions of the organization
  • Comfortable managing large project portfolio deadlines and deliverables in a fast pace, changing environment
  • Recognizable executive presence and excellent written and verbal communication and  presentation skills

 

 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Fast Retailing does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, age, citizenship, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or because of any other status or condition protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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