Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances. For 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Ralph Lauren Collection, Double RL, Polo Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children's, Ralph Lauren Home, Lauren Ralph Lauren, RLX, American Living, Chaps and Club Monaco, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands.
The Senior Director of Design is responsible for leading and executing Design for Furniture in the Home business for the Ralph Lauren Indoor and Outdoor Brand. This position will oversee and be accountable for the design process; maintaining the aesthetic and integrity of the Ralph Lauren Brand while balancing the needs of the business.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Key responsibilities include but not limited to:
Conceptual Design Development:
Provide design inspiration for Furniture
Lead concept development process for each season
Define each season's aesthetic direction and content through research, creation of inspiration boards and sketching, and preparation of visual mood boards
Design & create furniture, from start to finish- ideation sketches, renderings, technical drawings, etc. and their full implementation
Adhere to an enforce all Design calendar deadlines
Creation of design packages containing technical specifications, artwork and concept reference to be forwarded to vendors
Manage design projects through communication with license partner to ensure concepts are understood, key deadlines met and that each design is on-brand
Review and approve drawings, mock ups and proto types
Meet with Concept Designers, SVP of Design, and Merchandising Team to create a well-balanced, innovative line
Daily design development communication- revisions, etc. to vendors, manufacturers and licensees in concise accurate packages
Lead internal presentations and installation into seasonal showrooms, both in NYC and High Point, NC
Lead and manage the Furniture team
Experience, Skills & Knowledge
Industrial, Furniture or relevant Degree in design or equivalent work experience
8+ years of related design experience
Auto CAD, Rhino, SolidWorks, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. a plus.
Excellent verbal and graphic communications skills
Presentation Skills and ability to influence at the senior management level
Thorough knowledge of design history, interiors, and furniture design specifically
Needs to be highly detail-oriented and have the ability to handle multiple tasks in a deadline driven environment
Strong sense of style and current trends in the marketplace.
Ability to work as part of a team and individually on projects.
Travel required to review product development with licensee partner team
MUST submit link to portfolio or samples of work along with application*
Director, Furniture Design - Ralph Lauren Home