Senior Apparel Graphic Designer
Fanatics, Inc.
United Kingdom, Manchester
2d ago

Company Overview Fanatics is the global leader in licensed sports merchandise and changing the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel and jerseys.

Through an innovative, tech-infused approach to making and selling fan gear in today's on-demand culture, Fanatics operates more than 300 online and offline stores, including the e-commerce business for all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA), major media brands (NBC Sports, CBS Sports, FOX Sports) and more than 200 collegiate and professional team properties, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City).

Fanatics offers the largest collection of timeless and timely merchandise whether shopping online, on your phone, in stores, in stadiums or on-site at the world's biggest sporting events.

About the Team We are a passionate group of product developers, designers, artists, merchants and planners where art truly meets science.

Fanatics Brands is proud to be the largest purveyor of long-term rights and partnerships for all major sports leagues and hundreds of colleges.

We are first to market with premium apparel and headwear along with official fan jerseys for the NHL, NBA and NFL. When the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup and World Series ends, we are the team running apparel to the players and delivering to fans around the globe.

Our commitment to sports doesn’t stop there - we’ve made strategic alliances with Blizzard Entertainment, Disney, Marvel, Lucas Film and Pixar to bring fans an unprecedented assortment.

At its core, Fanatics Brands is all about speed and agility. We are built to always respond to the ever-changing sports world.

Role Purpose : To lead the translation of commercial briefs and creative direction, into compelling graphic designs that are on-brand & relevant for product apparel lines and hard goods.

You will also support the Design Lead with graphic workload management, and mentoring creative talent to ensure our graphic aesthetics are delivered to the highest level while retaining commercial viability.

Responsibilities :

  • Responsible for own portfolio of work & the workload of direct reports, ensuring that the brand DNA and seasonal strategies are implemented through all concepts and designs
  • Responsible for conceptualising and delivering against seasonal creative direction and product briefs, whilst maintaining Brand DNA and guidelines
  • Research and contribute in the creation of seasonal creative direction, graphic trend overviews, colour and mood boards
  • Deliver consumer focused graphic designs aligned with overall range direction, and which achieve commercial targets
  • Ensure graphic designs have a coherent and compelling offer so that they seamlessly merchandise into product categories and ranges.
  • Responsible for delivering allocated designs, on time based on seasonal milestones & deadlines; from concept through to CAD work, colour overviews, creation of technical specifications and updates.
  • Push creative boundaries whilst delivering against commercial opportunities
  • Contribute towards cost saving solutions to achieve seasonal margin target whilst retaining creativity
  • Contribute, as required, to updating and maintaining Visual Brand Identity aligned to brand positioning and DNA
  • Deliver graphic designs in a clear and concise format and present at design reviews.
  • Attend and present at key stage gate meetings, creating professional presentations to clearly portray ideas, trend research, colour and style overviews in Photoshop and / or Illustrator
  • Actively participate in proto reviews ensuring graphic design integrity is maintained through to final sign-off
  • Work with Product Designers to create comprehensive design tech packs for factories and where appropriate present this to buyers and suppliers
  • Actively research the market and trends, looking further than immediate scope of work and produce detailed reports following each research visit.
  • Lead the creation of hot market’ opportunities and produce designs with speed and agility in line with company requirements and partner expectations
  • Maintain communication with superiors throughout the process ensuring your message is clearly understood
  • Undertake any other duties and / or responsibilities as may reasonably be required by management from time to time
  • Knowledge / Skills / Experience

  • Must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the fashion / sports apparel industry.
  • Qualification in Graphic Design or similar.
  • High proficiency in Photoshop & Illustrator. Some knowledge on InDesign preferred but not essential.
  • Ability to edit, retouch & resize images with speed & accuracy.
  • Self-motivating, driven, & confident
  • Able to work under pressure in a fast-paced work environment under short deadlines.
  • Ability to take constructive feedback on board.
  • Strong creative portfolio
  • Fully coherent of both the design techniques and product development processes relating to graphics, including a keenness to keep up-to-date with the latest print techniques.
  • Enthusiastic about design, inspiring, creative, forward-thinking and energetic
  • Self-motivated and equally comfortable working within a team
  • Benefits : This a great opportunity to join our fast-paced, dynamic and entrepreneurial business, and these are some of the benefits you can expect as an employee.

    The chance to work with world leading sports clubs and brands A brand new modern office and working environment Working within a growing, fast-paced and forward-thinking business On-site free bar and pool table Birthday day off 40% staff discount Nationwide Theme Park discounts Bike to work schemeTryouts are open at Fanatics! Our team is passionate, talented, unified, and charged with creating the fan experience of tomorrow.

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