Sr. Designer, Foundations Innovation (Soma) Relocation to FL provided!

Job Ref#: 9523
Brand: Chico's FAS, Inc-Shared Services
Category: Fashion Designer
Job Type: Full-time
11215 Metro Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL

Employment Type: Full-time

With approximately 1,300 boutiques and outlets throughout the U.S., as well as an online presence for each of our brands, it takes sophisticated technology, resources and infrastructure to ensure the continued success of our businesses. From finance and accounting to technology and merchandising careers, we have diverse opportunities available for talented professionals to join our team of nearly 16,000 associates who share our commitment to excellence.

Position Objective

This position is responsible for partnering with the leader to develop the overall design direction for the brand and may own multiple categories of the business. This position directs, builds and develops product ideas. Works closely with directors, merchants and design teams to execute seasonal concept direction, line plan style needs, outline margin requirements, and completion of product. Manages brand integrity through internal and external design partnerships. Continue to evolve product categories forward to keep the brand relevant and compelling to our customers.


  • Partners with leader to assist with the cross functional teams (CFT) interpretation of the overall design direction for the brand to the vendor.
  • Leads meetings confidently while driving innovation to impact results.
  • Identifies process improvements and leads company initiatives.
  • Edits and curates merchandise assortments.
  • Manages multiple seasons at different stages of development, while understanding the development calendar and ensuring teams are adhering to the T&A.
  • Partners with leader to guide development needs and manage overdevelopment. In addition, identities and clearly articulates white space and new business opportunities.
  • Creates sketches by category at design ratio and adhere to line plan and design ratios for design development samples throughout the process.
  • Manages print development process and needs in partnership with CAD.
  • Guides the cross functional teams to coordinate assortments for presentation through artwork print, fabric, silhouettes, outfit coordination and presentation boards.
  • Partners with trend to create line presentation boards for use at concept and development review.
  • Prepares and presents seasonal product reviews to senior management and merchant teams.
  • Coordinates visual boards and samples to drive newness for the brand.
  • Works with trend department to assure merchants seasonal buying tool needs are met.
  • Works closely with cross functional teams to compliment and coordinate process, procedures, and development needs/packages.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of business results and ability to react and correct line.
  • Attends all fits in partnership with technical design for styling and aesthetic comments/input.
  • May create artwork for embellishments, plaid and stripes, and mock up projects.
  • May assist leader with the developing and managing of print development process; creating CADs and managing strike-offs.
  • Values individuality and the diverse talents of their team. Leads the team by communicatingexpectations, providing guidance, delivering feedback, and empowering the team to be their best.

This position may be found in multiple brands. Some duties may vary from brand to brand.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; 4 year college degree in Design

Required Qualifications

  • 7+ years’ experience in design within the retail industry, preferably contemporary market
  • Excellent managerial, organization and leadership skills
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills
  • Navigates and leads through change
  • Past experience in business/design with solid understanding of details and trims
  • Multiple category experience preferred
  • Deep expertise of category ownership
  • Computer proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator , Excel, and Word
  • Solid understanding of Fit, fabrics, finishes and construction a plus
  • The ability to create or visualize an idea and produce a design by hand or using CAD a plus
  • InDesign and Micrographx experience preferred

Chico’s FAS, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military service, veteran status, or any other category protected under federal, state, or local law.
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About Chico's

In 1983, we started as a small Sanibel Island gallery filled with artfully stylish pieces. Decades later, our assortment includes clothing, jewelry and accessories—in over 500 Chico’s boutiques and 100 outlets across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and at

Though we’ve evolved, our distinct point of view remains: Create carefully curated collections with quality, comfort and versatility as the focal point — essentials punctuated by memorable pieces, pops of color, artful prints and globally-inspired finds.

Our collections invite our spirited customer to discover something chic and unique every day.

About WHBM

White House Black Market was founded by women, for women over 35 years ago. Now there are over 300 boutiques and over 50 outlets across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, plus 24/7 shopping at

We built our brand on the foundation of fashion’s most iconic contrast—White + Black. That natural contradiction inspires everything we do, and perfectly reflects our customer. She is strong yet subtle, modern yet timeless, hard-working yet easy-going.

We empower her to fully embrace her complexity—giving her looks that are feminine yet strong, sensual yet sophisticated, attractive yet approachable. Because we believe that no woman is any one thing.

About SOMA

For women by women since 2004. Our customer is our inspiration. She works hard at everything she does, so we’re working hard to create beautiful bra solutions for her, for all of us.

It’s not about the runway, it’s about the real way. We are embodying the journey of women supporting women. We are here to listen to her, tell her story and design product that supports her needs.

Visit us in 250+ boutiques or online anytime at

About Chico's FAS

Founded by women, led by women. With our service and products, we strive to create a world where women never have to compromise, providing solutions to give them confidence and joy. Our portfolio consists of three brands: Chico’s, WHBM and Soma—specialty retailers of women’s apparel, intimates, accessories and related products—found in over 1,000 boutiques throughout the United States and online.

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