Superbalist - Head of Vertical Design & Manufacturing Centre
Cape Town, ZA
1d ago is a fast growing online fashion business based in South Africa. We’re obsessive about our high performance yet collaborative culture, and are looking for leaders to join our team.

We think big, move fast, take ownership and are used to winning. We’re lucky to be surrounded by colleagues who are experts in their field, working together to create a world class brand.

We’re looking for people who :

  • Decisive
  • Think Big and Follow Through
  • Delivers the WOW through Service
  • Are trustworthy, approachable and open minded
  • Diverse and Inclusive
  • If that sounds exciting to you, then you may be right for Superbalist, and ready to help us build SA’s biggest and best fashion e-tailer


    We’re looking for a Head of Vertical Design & Manufacturing Centre to join the team to oversee and manage all aspects of our Design centre that is based in Cape Town.

    Reports to : Co - CEO

    The Role :

  • Manage operational functions and processes of the Design centre.
  • Managing the Design team of designers and pattern makers
  • Managing the Sample room of cutters and sample machinists
  • Managing pre-production team of brand coordinators / merchandisers and assistants
  • Managing production team
  • Managing QC team
  • Managing and implementing all critical paths for the various teams from costings, fabric and trims sourcing and procurement to garment delivery
  • Product development
  • Seasonal fabric workshops
  • Managing and control of all raw material and trims
  • Managing and growing the CMT department
  • Managing expenses in line with budgets
  • Managing grading and marking
  • Cost tracking
  • Manage all staff daily needs
  • Responsible for on time deliveries’
  • Responsible for the bulk quality of what’s delivered
  • Daily and weekly reporting into the CEO’s
  • Key Requirements and Experience :

  • A diploma / degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum 10 years operational management experience
  • Proven track record of delivering apparel into the major SA retailers.
  • Proven track record of managing a Design Centre
  • Deep understanding of the SA garment industry
  • Deep understanding of apparel
  • Deep understanding of local and international fabric and trim sources of supply
  • Extensive experience in product design and development
  • Deep Technical knowledge of garment construction and costings
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Proficiency to manage a diverse workload and assign priorities to tasks.
  • Outstanding leadership qualities
  • Solution driven
  • Mentoring and motivating staff
  • Impressive multi-tasking skills
  • Advanced excel and reporting capability with proven experience in budgeting,
  • Key Attributes and Competencies

  • Strategic orientation with an attention to detail.
  • Structured thinking, ability to remove ambiguity and work under pressure.
  • Self-starter and moves quickly.
  • Decisive and able to take accountability, and balance multiple priorities.
  • Can solve complex problems and distill into deliverables.
  • Proficiency to work closely and collaboratively with multiple departments and executives, and lead cross-functional teams.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Superbalist is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applicants from the previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities to apply for this role.

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