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Macy’s Private Brands keep growing in number and expanding in offerings. The credit for this goes to our Design team, the talent responsible for conceptualizing, designing, and sourcing our every item.

As part of our Design Executive Development Program, you’ll become a key contributor to that success. Once on-boarded, you’ll learn to identify emerging trends, conceptualize branded styles, partner with our overseas offices and work with global and domestic vendors to create the next assortment of private label product. Additionally, you’ll interact with cross-functional roles including buying/planning, store management, marketing, product, technical design, research and color analysis. This is your chance to make your mark on the world of design.

Locations and Start Dates

Our Design Executive Development Program is offered at our corporate offices in New York City. Classes start quarterly in January, April, July and October.

Training

Through a combination of on the job and classroom learning, you will begin your career at Private Brands with an interactive 3-week orientation phase focused on the Product Development Life Cycle. Immediately following, you will be placed on the job, assigned a peer sponsor and on boarded into your area. During your first year, you will attend monthly classes that align with what you are working on in the office. These sessions include the fundamentals of Merchandising and Retail and a Business Analysis curriculum that will prepare you to analyze, draw conclusions and make recommendations to drive your business. Professional Development topics include Building your Network, Business Etiquette, and Managing Interpersonal Relationships.

Impact

You will be part of the team responsible for conceptualizing, designing, and sourcing Macy’s private brands. Some of the exclusive brands you may be working with include: Charter Club, Club Room, Thalia, Material Girl, Children’s Epic Threads, Alfani, Style & Co., Tools of the Trade, American Rag, Bar III, Jenni, Ideology, Home Hotel Collection, and The Cellar. This will provide you with the opportunity to learn from industry experts who will teach you how to design, develop, source, produce and sell a specific brand classification within the total Private Brand Business. You will identify materials, color palettes, patterns and prints for the season based on trend direction. You will participate in hands on meetings with the product team and manufacturers to develop strategy for upcoming seasons based on program plans. In this role, you’ll learn to identify emerging trends, conceptualize branded styles, partner with our overseas offices and work with global and domestic vendors to create the next assortment of private label product.

Career Growth

As a trainee in the Design Executive Development Program you will interact with cross functional roles including buying/planning, store management, marketing, product, technical design, research and color analysis. This exposure will allow you to see the various career paths across Macy’s. At the conclusion of your first year, you will create a Career Development Plan to help you drive your own development and prepare you for your next step. Additional developmental learning courses are just clicks away via our virtual Talent Center.

What is Product Design?

Design teams manage the initial concept and interpretation of our Private Label brand direction. Design works hand in hand with Product Development teams to identify the “white space” within our stores in order to provide the Macy’s customer with brands and product exclusive to our stores.

Private Brand

Private Brands are product lines that are manufactured exclusively for a specific retailer. Macy's has an awesome Private Brands team that works to identify new product opportunities and ensure we offer a wide range of private label products that are trend right and available to our stores and online customers at the right price, place, and time they need them.

Product Development Executive Development Program

Design trainees participate in the Product Development Executive Development Program. During this 18-month layered development program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of conceptualizing, designing, sourcing, producing, selling and marketing our highly successful Private Brands; your training will supplement hands-on experience with multiple and varied training opportunities.

Design Assistant

Assistants are responsible for assisting in interpreting the Private Brand label’s direction into materials, trims, styles, colors and patterns. This development prepares the executive for an Associate level role.

Design Associate

Associates are given the direct responsibility for the design, development, selection, and approval of materials, trims, silhouettes, colors and patterns for given category of business. This development prepares the executive for a Manager level role in design.

Designer / Manager

Designers are given the direct responsibility for creating designs for Private Label brands and develop trend strategies that support merchant objectives and the Macy’s brand; as well as leading and developing their team of assistant/associates.

Design Director

Direct all aspects of Private Brand design, development, selection and approval of materials, silhouettes, colors and patterns for the season while adhering to the brand strategy. Direct and manage the entire Design Team for the area of responsibility.

Qualifications

Macy’s is looking for our future leaders. The Design Executive Development Program is seeking someone with a bachelor’s degree in Design or Fine Arts with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Additional qualities we find in ideal candidates include the demonstrated ability to promote teamwork, solve problems, and manage complex relationships. Our executives exhibit high standards and accountability; takes pride in details and accuracy, exhibit strong presentation skills and thrive in a fast-paced environment. In addition, strong business acumen with the ability to analyze data and draw conclusions is a key success factor. Proficient on PC operation, MS office and Excel, Photoshop and Illustrator software skills critical.

Macy’s Snapshots

Design

The people are real. The places are real. The photos are real. Making this your perfect opportunity to go behind the scenes and get a genuine glimpse of Macy's Design inner workings.