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Assistant Designer - Special Projects & Collaborations



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Bring Your Amazing Self to Work

At Macy's, Inc. we're on a mission to create a brighter future with bold representation for all. This is our Mission Every One. We know that each person here is unique. So we respect and invest in each individual to create growth, pride, and satisfaction. If we are able to bring our whole selves to work, it translates into a more abundant and wider array of ideas and energy for all to benefit from. Our success will be built on amazing colleagues, working together.

Job Overview

The Assistant Designer begins their career on the Design Team at Macy’s, actively engaging in the process of learning the company culture, area, brand aesthetics, and principles. This role provides an opportunity to think, dream, and create, seeking designers who are visionaries and leaders. Macy’s values original design, fostering a supportive Design community that prioritizes innovation and teamwork.

What You Will Do

  • Develop an understanding and skills in researching category, trend, and customer preferences.
  • Assist the Design Team in aligning with the Private Brand direction by incorporating materials, trims, silhouettes, colors, and patterns.
  • Expand design knowledge by supporting the team in executing a strategic vision with a progressive, customer-centric approach, contributing to overall product strategy and merchandise objectives.
  • Assist in preparing presentation materials and set-up for design-led meetings.
  • Contribute to in-season design changes for the department and vendors.
  • Strengthen skills for active participation in cross-functional team meetings, summarizing action points for the manager.
  • Collaborate closely with the people leader to meet deadlines and understand priority and workload expectations.
  • Assist and develop skills in creating flat mechanical sketches for design development packages.
  • Participate in creating and distributing tech packages.
  • Assist in approving strike-offs, samples, and other development materials.
  • Acquire skills in using Adobe and CLO programs for style, color, and pattern development.
  • Review and provide feedback on development samples.
  • Establish relationships and maintain regular communication with cross-functional partners throughout the development cycle.
  • Learn on the job how to identify opportunities and develop an assortment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate and achieve results with a desire to grow within the company and pursue a career at Macy’s.

Skills You Will Need

Research Skills: Ability to develop an understanding and skills in researching category, trend, and customer preferences.

Presentation Skills: Competency in preparing presentation materials and setting up for design-led meetings.

Cross-Functional Collaboration: Strong skills for actively participating in cross-functional team meetings, summarizing action points for the manager, and collaborating closely with team leaders to meet deadlines.

Technical Skills: Ability to create flat mechanical sketches for design development packages, work with Adobe and CLO programs for style, color, and pattern development, and participate in creating and distributing tech packages.

Relationship Building: Establish relationships and maintain regular communication with cross-functional partners throughout the development cycle.

Adaptability and Learning: Willingness to learn on the job, identify opportunities, and develop an assortment.

Communication Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, crucial for effective collaboration and achieving results.

Technical Proficiency: Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel, and Adobe Design programs.

PLM Knowledge: Working knowledge of PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) is a plus.

Color and Print Sense: Strong color sense and print sense, with the ability to view and differentiate the color spectrum.

Who You Are

  • Dedicated to fulfilling ideals of diversity, inclusion, and respect that Macy’s aspires to achieve every day in every way.
  • Candidates with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in a related field are encouraged to apply. Experience in retail or design internships preferred.
  • Regularly required to sit, talk, hear; use hands/fingers to touch, handle, and feel. Occasionally required to move about the workplace and reach with hands and arms. Requires close vision.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule based on department and company needs.

What We Can Offer You

  • An inclusive, challenging, and refreshingly fun work environment
  • Competitive pay and benefits rooted in principles of equity
  • Performance incentives and annual merit review
  • Merchandise discounts
  • Health and Wellness Benefits across medical, dental, vision, and additional insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan with 401k match opportunity
  • Employee Assistance Program (mental health counseling and legal/financial advice)
  • Resources for continuous learning, career growth, and leadership development
  • 8 paid holidays
  • Paid Time Off (first year prorated depending on start date)
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Guild education benefit funds 100% of tuition, books, and fees in designated programs
  • Colleague Resource Groups (CRGs) and give-back/volunteer opportunities
  • Empowerment and autonomy to perform impactful work with tangible results

About Macy’s

Now is an exciting time for a Macy's career as we continue to focus on creating exciting and memorable experiences for every Macy's customer, whether their journey starts online or in the store. Our opportunities in Sales, Merchandise, Operations, Customer Service, Warehouse, Marketing, and other areas let you express your creativity and commitment to excellence, grow your career and make a difference to your Macy's colleagues and customers.

Bring your creativity, energy, and ideas to the Macy's team – Apply Today!


This position may be eligible for performance-based incentives/bonuses. Benefits include 401k, medical/vision/dental/life/disability insurance options, PTO accruals, Holidays, and more. Eligibility requirements may apply based on location, job level, classification, and length of employment. Additional benefit details are available at macysJOBS.com.