Head of Design - Menswear

Salary Competitive + Benefits
Discipline Product and Trade
Contact NameRyan Brewer

N Brown – who we are and why work for us? 


At N Brown, we’re committed to building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment that values equality for all. Our vision is that by ‘championing inclusion, we’ll become the most loved and trusted fashion retailer’. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging are, therefore, at the heart of our culture. 


We’re a forward-thinking digital retailer with a financial services proposition to be proud of. We’re customer-obsessed, serving them through three core brands: JD Williams, Simply Be, and Jacamo. We’re experienced, with over 160 years of trading under our belt. We’re inclusive, as we believe in fashion without boundaries; and we’re sustainable, striving to make as little impact on the planet as possible.  


In May 2024 we were delighted to be named one of The Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2024. We work hard to create a happy and inclusive culture for everyone and we’re so proud to have made this list - as voted for by our very own colleagues! 


The role  


As Head of Design you will be working with the Group Design Director and wider group leadership team to support the implementation of the Group Design strategy, and creative vision for the Jacamo team. You will lead a team of mixed level Designers in the development of category and brand definition and experience principles and ensure that those are appropriately interpreted through the team's work. 


What will you do as an Head of Design at N Brown? 

  • Act as a senior strategic/thought leader within the Design and Retail Leadership team.  

  • Deliver and drive a strong and consistent product vision, strategy and handwriting with a Brand and Category aligned focus. 

  • Through the team of Designers deliver seasonal and in season trend, print, graphic and colour direction. 

  • Support the build, design and develop product ranges for a specific brand and live and breathe the brand bible and customer OKRs.  

  • Manage and drive the Design teams creative and product critical path. 

  • Provides senior leadership to the Design team, managing performance, building talent of the future and creating an inclusive, creative culture where all are empowered to perform.  

  • Ensure product ranges are planned and delivered across all key trading dates and launches throughout the year. 

  • Maintains high standards and ensuring only the best work is delivered/presented and deadlines are met. 

  • Work alongside Sourcing, Quality and Buying teams to deliver product ranges that sit within specified pricing architectures. 

  • Work alongside the marketing and brand teams to deliver key collections and seasonal launches to support marketing campaigns & activity. 

  • Takes accountability for developing and embedding the agile operating model into their area, supporting the brand tribes and product squads in their evolution.  

  • Able to mix hands on design with people and brand leadership.  

  • Is flexible regarding travel both close to home and off shore. 

What skills and experience will you have?  

  • Strong design and product development skills within Menswear.   

  • Significant design experience across multi Menswear product categories.   

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.  

  • Ability to think creatively and deliver new ideas and concepts.  

  • Strong organisational and time management skills.  

  • Meticulous attention to detail.  

  • Sourcing experience a strong advantage.  

  • Strong team and people management skills to drive performance, engagement and development. 

What’s in it for you? 

  • Hybrid working  

  • 24 days holiday (+ 8 bank holidays) with the option to buy an additional 10 days 

  • Annual bonus scheme 

  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave 

  • Access to Apricity, a self-funding IVF benefit at a reduced rate 

  • Company pension with up to 8% N Brown contribution 

  • Mental Health support both internally and externally, including access to our wellbeing champions and counselling services  

  • A range of financial wellbeing support  

  • Colleague discount across all N Brown brands 

  • Onsite café with subsidised rates and local restaurant discounts! 

  • Life Assurance and Private Medical Insurance 

  • Paid volunteer time – all our colleagues can take a full day paid to volunteer for a charity of their choice  

Ways of Working 


We offer hybrid working which varies across the business depending on the role you’re in. For this role, the expectation would be 3 Our Head Office is located in the Northern Quarter in Manchester City Centre. So if you are travelling by train, tram or bus we’re perfectly located, plus we’re surrounded by cool cafes, trendy bars and the best places to eat! 


Our working hours are 36.17 per week and our core working hours are between 10am - 4pm. Given we don’t have strict working hours you can find the working pattern that’s right for you.  


Our promise to you: 

We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 


What happens when you apply to a role at N Brown? 

As soon as we receive your application, we’ll send you an email to let you know. We always aim to come back to you as soon as possible with an update and we really appreciate you taking the time to apply for a role with us. Good luck!