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Designer - Pet (12month contract)

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Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: VIC Metro
Categories: Design - Merchandise

The Role

Identify, interpret and implement global and market trends to grow sales through great looking everyday product for a relaxed lifestyle, articulated through effective communication (visual and verbal) and a high level of presentation skills.

Key Responsibilities

Trend Forecasting

  • Identify, interpret and implement trends using global trend and market research to add value through design and sales in line with Kmart handwriting.
  • Visually articulate and effectively communicate the direction for the season.
  • 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 Kmart’s handwriting and taste level.
  • Have the ability to negotiate commercial product outcomes with the Merchandise team.

Product Development

  • Create desirable and affordable products that are in line with Kmart’s handwriting that are unique to the external market.
  • A thorough understanding of product materials and construction.
  • Develop product offshore with KAS sourcing and KAS design.
  • Ability to work confidently, and autonomously with key stakeholders in merchandise and design/ including KAS design.
  • Develop commercial product within cost structure that is fit for purpose.
  • Create visual 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 KAS design team to deliver on key metrics such as print, colour, pattern and product.
  • Effective time management of workload and ability to plan and prioritise.

Print & Pattern

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


  • Strong alignment and advocacy to company strategy and vision.
  • Strong alignment and advocacy to “better product at lower prices”, including handwriting and taste levels.
  • Work with team and stakeholders to align handwriting and taste levels within departments, across RBU and across Kmart.
  • Constantly strive to improve product, process and culture.
  • Proactively solve problems in simple ways that are aligned with Kmart strategy.


  • Adhere to Kmart’s Intellectual property requirements and processes.
  • Create products that are family friendly and in line with Kmart’s values.
  • Accurate and timely adherence to critical path and production processes.

About You

You will be an experienced Designer with experience working in Pets Apparel, Toys & Products

Work Experience:

  • 3-5 years’ experience working in the industry
  • 3-5 years’ developing co-ordinated ranges
  • Ability to forecast and implement a commercial and broad appeal trend

Skills/Knowledge/Abilities/Technology Used:

  • Highly proficient in illustrator and photoshop.
  • Intermediate to advanced use of software such a Rhino, 3D Studio Max, Solid works (Industrial Designer only).
  • Technical skills related to the area of product development across fabric, materials and construction knowledge.
  • Ability to create accurate technical specification drawings.
  • Transferable skills and ability to adapt to product types for general merchandise design.
  • High level of aesthetic taste displayed in relation to colour, composition, materials, coordination and execution.
  • Ability to develop product that is appealing to the target customer.
  • Solid knowledge of print types and limitations within print execution.
  • Previous experience building relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Strong influencing skills with key stakeholders.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.


Mandatory Formal Education/Qualifications e.g. CPA

Undergraduate, tertiary or equivalent degree in, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Textile Design or Footwear


About Kmart

With more than 300 stores and employing over 44,000 people, Kmart is proud to be one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest and most successful retailers.

Serving the needs of Australian families is at the core of who we are as a business, that’s why we are driven to be the place customers rely on for low prices and making every day living brighter.

At Kmart we aim to ensure our teams reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate. 


You’ll be joining a dynamic team with a fantastic culture where diversity is openly celebrated, and you’ll be challenged and supported to achieve personal and business goals. Expect a work environment that is highly collaborative, fast-paced, inclusive, and progressive - with no two days the same! Our values – Think Customer, Take Care, Live Integrity, Grow Together and Reach Higher will resonate with you deeply and you’ll enjoy being part of a growing, iconic Australian business that has a fantastic culture that is non-hierarchical, diverse and inclusive.

Due to the nature of your position, this offer of employment is conditional upon you completing a satisfactory police check. We will let you know if your police check returns an unsatisfactory result, in which case this offer of employment will lapse.

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