Senior Designer - Footwear & Accessories


Williams Landing, Vic, AU

Category:  Merchandise
Work Type:  Permanent Full Time

Who are We?


At Target, we’re getting back to what we’re famous for - real quality, that’s really affordable. We’re making products that stand up to the test of everyday life, at prices that don’t cost the earth. 
We’re making mums happy. Kids smile. Family life, that little bit easier. We’re making sure every Australian can enjoy our products, whilst making a positive difference to our planet so families can trust and rely on us for generations to come. That’s the Target Australians needs right now. And that’s the Target we’re here to be.


With our instantly recognisable logo we are one of the most iconic brands on the Australian retail market and for almost 100 years we have held a special place in the hearts and minds of Australian families.. It brings us loyal customers who love and trust us. From first baby clothes to first fashion moments, we have created special memories that families across the country hold dear. By making affordable quality and style accessible for all, we have built a reputation for helping Australian families live better.


As an iconic Australian retailer we’re immensely proud of our history and need people to join us who are as excited by our future as we are!


That’s who we are. That’s Target.

What will you do?


We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Designer in Footwear(Womens, Men's ,Kids) and Accessories to join Target's team!  In this role you will we are looking for someone with an eye for trend ,innovation and be able to  demonstrate your passion for creativity to deliver a cohesive product range aligned with the Target product aesthetic and quality strategy. This entails working collaboratively with key stakeholders to create and deliver a customer centric product range. Identify, interpret and implement global and market trends to grow sales through great looking product, articulated through effective communication (visual and verbal) and a high level of presentation skills.
Create original, commercial, customer focused, coordinated product ranges including print and pattern/graphic design that best reflects Target’s ‘handwriting’ to grow incremental sales. This is executed through strong influencing, collaboration, tasteful aesthetics and eye for trend.

Responsibilities will include but not limited to:


Trend forecasting
•    Identify, interpret and implement trends and colour palettes using global trend and market research to add value through design and sales in line with Target handwriting.
•    Visually articulate and effectively communicate the direction for the season to stakeholders and direct reports.
•    Present trend forecast effectively, including research to support trend.
•    Maintain strong aesthetic taste and have an eye for the next trend that is commercial and can be bought in volume.

•    Collaborate with and influence the merchandise team to create commercial, customer focused, co-ordinated product ranges that best reflect Target’s handwriting and taste level.
•    Effectively present concepts and ranges to key stakeholders with clarity, confidence and results focused. 
•    Have the ability to negotiate commercial product outcomes with the Merchandise team.

Product Development
•    Create desirable and affordable products that are in line with Target’s handwriting that are unique to the external market.
•    A thorough understanding of product materials and construction.
•    Develop product offshore with TAS sourcing and Direct design.
•    Ability to work confidently, and autonomously with key stakeholders in merchandise and design/ including Direct design.
•    Develop commercial product within cost structure that is fit for purpose.
•    Create visuals presentations to communicate effectively with all stakeholders.
•    Create accurate and effective technical specification drawings/production art to deliver desirable samples and ultimately customer on floor experience.
•    Brief and provide effective feedback to enable the TAS design team to deliver on key metrics such as print, pattern and product.
•    Effective time management of workload and ability to plan and prioritise. 

Print and Pattern
•    Identify, interpret and implement global print and pattern trends.
•    Develop commercial, customer focused print and pattern that best reflects Target’s handwriting and taste level.
•    Create desirable print and pattern that is in line with Target’s ‘handwriting’ and unique to the external market.
•    Create accurate and effective production art which delivers desirable print and pattern.

What are we looking for?


We are looking for an experienced, commercially minded and customer focused Senior Designer with an open, curious and solution mindset, passionate about creating amazing product.

As the Senior Footwear and Accessories Designer you must have experience in designing across Women's, Men's, Kidswear and who is driven ,can identify, interpret and implement trends using global trends and market to add value through design and sales in line with Target’s handwriting.
Collaborate with cross-functional teams, crafting innovative design concepts that amplify key brand moments in our fashion retail seasonal calendar.


 Please note – that all applications must have a portfolio of relevant design work attached to be considered.

To be successful in this role:


  • Tertiary qualification in Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Textiles or Footwear and Accessories Design 
  • 5 +years of designing experience in a fast paced , large volume retail environment or supplier to DDS 
  • Proficient in the use of Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Advanced use of software such a GBSS, Cebtric, Office suite.
  • Technical skills related to the area of product development. Strong Fabric, materials and construction knowledge.
  • Ability to create accurate technical specification drawings.
  • Skills and ability to adapt to product types for most areas of general merchandise design.
  • High level of aesthetic taste displayed in relation to colour, composition, materials, coordination and execution.
  • Strong knowledge of print types and limitations within print execution.
  • Experienced in building relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Developing leadership qualities - people management experience. 
  • Strength in work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
  • Strong influencing skills with key stakeholders. Strong presentation skills. Ability to visually and verbally sell commercial design concepts to key stakeholders.

What will you get?


Target has some great benefits, including:


•  Great career opportunities across the Wesfarmers Group.
•  Team Member discounts across Target, Kmart, Bunnings, Officeworks and Catch Membership.
•  A free One Pass membership offering free delivery across Kmart, Target & Catch on eligible product.
•  Access to Employee Assistance Program.
•  Convenient location next to freeway and train station, with free onsite parking and a café!
•  Novated leasing options.
•  Paid parental leave scheme.
•  Flexible hybrid work arrangements through our Flex Where, Flex When, Flex Well policy, spending 60% of your week in our Target Store Support Office (including Work-From-Home days with a real work-life) balance.
•  Reflection room, space for prayer, meditation, or time for yourself.
•  A Supported Learning and Career Development program.
•  Opportunity in Wesfarmers Share Plan access (where eligible) and to participate in a bonus program (where eligible).


We believe that all team members should feel valued, respected and safe irrespective of your gender, ethnicity, indigeneity, religious beliefs, education, age, disability, family responsibilities, sexual orientation and gender identity and we encourage applications from all candidates.
 As part of our recruitment process, we will be conducting Pre-Employment Checks with our successful candidates – this will include a police check.  Talent Acquisition will provide further updates to candidates as they progress through our recruitment process.
Candidates interested in this position should apply directly to this advertisement as we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies.
“We are a Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant”.

If you would like to explore a career with Target and this sounds like the perfect role for you – apply now!

We don’t just look for people based on their skills and experience, our people work together and champion the Target values and behaviours.  We are a business where our values and people matter, and we need like-minded people to join us!

Target values diversity and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse and multicultural communities of which we are a part.

Agencies will only be engaged if required. Please do not contact us or send applicants to us unless requested to by the Talent Acquisition Team.