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Head of Design

TFG London
Competitive plus benefits
Closing date
18 May 2024

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Creative and Design
Senior Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

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About The Role

We are looking for a Head of Design to lead the creative and seasonal aesthetic direction of our Phase Eight brand alongside our Product Director.

The Head of Design opportunity is a key role in our business, driving the seasonal design and creative tone at the beginning of each season and managing our in-house design, print and fabric teams. Reporting into the Product Director and working in tandem with the wider business you will deliver the premium handwriting and high-quality standards we are renowned for at Phase Eight.

Key accountabilities include;
  • Leading the fabric development strategy with the assistance of our Fabric Manager, ensuring that this commercially works for all end uses across the collection
  • Establishing the seasonal colour palette, developing the overarching creative direction throughout the season to bring freshness and relevance to the product
  • Supporting the design, print and fabric teams to identify the key shapes and product opportunities alongside developing considered cohesive packs for end use and phased drop
  • Partnering closely with the Head of Buying and Merchandising to aid the design, print and fabric teams to build collections which are both creative and commercial, using the seasonal strategy as a starting point
This is an all-encompassing role which will see you manage critical path dates, handle budgets and sign-off of collections in partnership with our Product Director. You will empower and coach a high performing team, offering assistance in both their day-to-day and the development of their skills through recognition and regular feedback.

About You

The ideal candidate for our Head of Design opportunity will be an experienced Senior Design Manager and/or Head of Design who will bring creative strength to our seasonal contemporary collections. We would need you to demonstrate seasoned people management experience, managing effectively through a team of direct reports. The ability to easily transition between planning and execution is key as is the ability to remain calm under pressure. Strong presentation skills and significant experience in a design environment is crucial for success is this role, as is a naturally collaborative and positive approach.

About Us

Across the TFG Brands, we pride ourselves on having our people at the heart of everything we do and we really believe that a career in retail is unbeatable. We will give you the tools and the time to develop your career in the direction you want to go. Alongside that, we have some great benefits which include:
  • Phase Eight Employee Discount of 70%, and 50% discount with Hobbs and Whistles, as per the TFG Brands Discount Policy
  • Up to 28 days holiday entitlement per annum in addition to the usual public and bank holidays
  • Financial and Wellbeing support
  • Subsided gym membership
  • Enhanced Maternity package
  • Virtual GP service - unlimited access 24/7
  • Plus much more!


TFG London is part of The Foschini Group Limited (TFG), a leading South African retail business. TFG entered the UK market in 2015 with the acquisition of Phase Eight and we have now added Whistles and Hobbs to our impressive portfolio of the most successful, premium womenswear brands in the UK. We opened our first TFG store in December 2019 and are excited to keep growing the TFG London group.

About our brands: Hobbs:


Founded in Hampstead in 1981, each Hobbs collection embodies the multifaceted nature of modern women, with both tailored yet feminine everyday styles and standout event dressing. The in-house design team spearheads affordable luxury in its London atelier, exquisite quality and attention to detail are intrinsic to the brand. From conception to creation, every piece that bears the Hobbs name has a story to tell.

Phase Eight:

Phase Eight

2019 saw Phase Eight celebrate 40 years designing premium and stylish collections for all occasions. They have positioned themselves as a go-to dress destination and in 2013 launched a successful bridal range. Combined with their daywear, accessories and shoe offering, they give their customers a complete wardrobe solution. The brand ethos is that great style is not just about the clothes, but a mindset; every style is designed to make women feel as great as they look.



Whistles is a contemporary fashion brand, based in London. A shopping destination for the busy, dynamic woman, they create timeless pieces with an intelligent sense of design. Collections are considered, wearable and yet distinct, with true seven days a week appeal, crafted to fit effortlessly into modern life.

TFG London Inclusion and Diversity:

At TFG London and across all our brands we are committed to creating an inclusive culture that welcomes, develops and celebrates a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, cultural references and ideas and opinions within our business.

We are working together to ensure our environment is one where difference is not only respected but encouraged and celebrated and people can bring their authentic, unique selves to work, where their contribution is valued, ability enhanced, and perspective appreciated.

We are also proud to be recognised as a Disability Confident Committed employer. Our aim is to:

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long-term health condition, enabling them to stay in work

Working at TFG London:

Across the TFG brands, we pride ourselves on having our people at the heart of everything we do. We take great interest in the well-being of our employees enabling them to perform to the best of their ability at all times. Across the TFG brands we really believe that a career in retail is unbeatable. It is an industry in constant motion, defined by the pace of change and by the relentless competition. The retail landscape is constantly shifting, reacting to the customer and their needs. It is also an industry defined by its people. Across the TFG brands, our most valuable asset is our people.

Health and Wellbeing:

The well-being of our employees is really important to us which is why we have some fantastic benefits including:

  • Providing advice to help improve our teams emotional, physical, vocational and financial wellness through our partnership with the Retail Trust
  • Unlimited access to a Virtual GP, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year
  • Subsidised gym membership for central teams
  • Free annual eye test with Specsavers
  • Fresh fruit supplied weekly for all central teams employees to enjoy

Charity Day:

Across the brands, we love giving to charity and we encourage all employees to utilise 1 day per year to take part in a charity initiative of their choice. We are continuously inspired when we hear about employees’ involvements in different charity events and initiatives.

Other Benefits:

We also offer some fantastic benefits such as:

  • Generous discount across our brands
  • Blended working for central teams
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

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