Director of Fashion Innovation Job In Dubai

Key Responsibilities

Leading Fashion Innovation agenda for the Group:

Develop and deliver a data-driven Owned-Brands Fashion strategy that drives long-term sustainable revenue and profit growth across multiple categories.

Be a visionary leader who knows how to identify where to play, and can ignite brand concepts and ideas that are fresh, exciting and ahead of the curve, whilst basing the opportunities on emerging consumer trends with the relevant data (whilst collaborating closely with our Intelligence team to do so)

Leading the Design team, ensuring to use consumer insights and feedback to proceed with concept development and leveraging internal and external resources to conduct this research in a time and cost-effective manner, converting the insights into actionable brand concepts

Develop an innovation pipeline strategy in line with the Group’s 3-year strategy

Create Go to market strategies including but not limited to DTC, co-creation or distribution and identify the right talent to work with to develop the brands in an optimal way

Identify opportunities to strengthen the entire portfolio with innovation

Create brand growth strategies by identifying opportunities to grow and expand product lines, geographies

Lead cross-functional teams including Supply Chain, Operations, Ecom, Marketing, Product Development and Commercial teams on launch plans and marketing strategies that match the brand DNA

Contribute to the annual planning process supporting overall Group strategic objectives

Manage assigned budgets and proactively identify risks and opportunities

Managing And Building Team

Build and manage a fit for future structure

Lead and empower team members (own team and cross-functional teams assigned to specific projects)

Ensure growth and professional development of the team through practical upskilling and coaching

Support staff development and nurture talents

Build a high-performing culture and bring the teams together to achieve a common goal

What You Will Need To Succeed

Experience from concept to launch bringing fashion brands to market

Proven track record in establishing and growing successful and innovative fashion brands

An inquisitive, entrepreneurial, and creative mind

Self-directed, with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple accountabilities

Strong leadership skills to develop a high-performing team

Superior ability to track and predict trends

Strong business knowledge and acumen

Familiarity with the retail industry

Excellent ability to collaborate with executive teams, and many internal and external stakeholders

Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to persuasively sell ideas

Data-driven mindset, with a natural curiosity for results

We are Chalhoub Group, a leading partner for luxury across the Middle East for over 60 years. By blending our Middle East expertise, deep understanding of the local customer and intimate knowledge of luxury, were dedicated to making every customer experience unforgettable. For over six decades, Chalhoub Group has been a partner and creator of luxury experiences in the Middle East. The Group, in its endeavour to excel as a hybrid retailer, has reinforced its distribution and marketing services with a portfolio of eight owned brands and over 300 international brands in the luxury, beauty, fashion, and art de vivre categories. More recently, the Group expanded its expertise into new categories of luxury watches, jewellery, and eyewear. Every step at Chalhoub Group is taken with the customer at heart. Be it constantly reinventing itself or focusing on innovation to provide luxury experiences at over 750+ experiential retail stores, online and through mobile apps, each touch point leads to delighting the customer. Today, Chalhoub Group stands for 14,000 skilled and talented professionals across seven countries, whose cohesive efforts have resulted in the Group being ranked third in the Middle East and first in Saudi Arabia as a Great Place to Work. To keep the innovation journey going, the Group has set up The Greenhouse, which is not just an innovation hub, but also an incubator space and accelerator for start-ups and small businesses in the region and internationally. This is just one of the several initiatives taken by the Group to reinvent itself, catalysed by forward thinking and future proofing. The Group has also been embedding sustainability at the core of its business strategy with a clear commitment towards people, partners and the planet, and by being a member of the United Nations Global Compact Community and signatory of the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

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