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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Store Planning Project Manager

Alexander McQueen - Regular
London - United Kingdom

Innovative, uncompromising, romantic, provocative, upholding the power of emotion and the touch of the human hand: these are all elements that describe the fashion of the house of Alexander McQueen. The brand is synonymous with modern British couture, renowned for its strong identity and celebration of unbridled creativity. Integral to the McQueen culture is the juxtaposition between contrasting elements: femininity and masculinity, fragility and strength, tradition and modernity. Under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, the house produces critically acclaimed collections, driven by unparalleled vision and respect for craftsmanship. Burton was made Head of Design for womenswear in 2000 and was appointed Creative Director in 2010. The luxury brand was founded by Lee Alexander McQueen in 1992. Among the greatest fashion designers of his time, the legacy of his work lives on.

Alexander McQueen is in search of an agile and ambitious Store Planning Project Manager to join their close-knit team within the London Head Office.

Your Opportunity:

You will play an invaluable role in delivering our store projects, managing the end to end process for new strategic store openings and refits across the estate (primarily across APAC and EMEA). With excellent project and people management skills, your role will be instrumental in ensuring that our store projects respect the brand vision across our regions- delivered to the highest standard and according to budget.

How you will contribute:

Design tasks:

  • Projects typologies: stores, offices, showrooms

  • Inception reports, collecting all the information preliminary to the design (survey, photos, local constraints, technical & commercial briefs) through local visits and/or local partners coordination

  • Preliminary Design proposals and coordination with commercial, budget and timing constraints and briefs

  • Design presentation through Creative Director / Board in order to get the approvals prior to production

  • Final design production / coordination according to the feasibility check and budget constraints

  • Design sharing with all the Departments and communicating implementation updates accordingly

  • Lighting design coordination

  • Design submission and follow-up through local stakeholders

  • Responsible for the coordination, production and approval of prototypes

  • Responsible for design value engineering

  • Oversee and sign off as appropriate on executive design and construction drawings

  • Manage and support with quality assurance throughout the store projects until opening

  • Final Punchlist production/coordination  and follow-up closure

  • Support in building the maintenance guidelines, submitted to operations

Cost control tasks :

  • Cost forecast during feasibility phase (before project kickoff) in order to propose a feasible capital expenditure budget to the Board and to the Group

  • Budget analysis and update along all the design phases

  • Budget and financial reports: production and updates, twice per month; coordination with Finance Dept. (HQ and regional) and Board

  • Tender document production coordination and bid reconciliation / analysis through local partners

  • Procurement candidates scouting

  • Prompt Leading of any Value engineering solutions needed

  • Budget analysis / comparison among several worldwide project

  • Assistance in the production of the Maintenance / operational budget

Planning control/coordination of execution

  • Applications: check of all the applications priory to the submission to Local Authorities (Landlord, Co-ownership, city Hall, Heritage, etc)

  • Collecting the construction information and upgrades (site pictures, weekly report), debrief, analysis and report to Executives

  • Control of the Project Milestones status

  • Construction site visits, reports and consequent actions ; coordination of the local PM activities

  • Snagging list and following-up / closure overview

General activities and notes:

  • Help in providing and reconciling datas of previous projects experiences and support in strategy

  • Store Projects vary across the Retail, Franchisee or Wholesale network

  • Volume of store projects per year: 10+

  • Reporting: prepare weekly updates and details report (quality, timing, costs) on running projects for Managers / Executives; weekly meeting with line manager to update on running projects

  • Update constantly the monthly store opening list

  • Research of new local materials suppliers, consultants and contribute in their certification

  • Capex optimisation solutions

  • Construction Manual implementation.

  • Local vendors scouting / certification through local partner

  • Travel budget forecast and respect the yearly budget

  • Opex technical budget assistance with local team

  • Maintenance contract coordination

  • Maintenance issue resolution, through constant tracking and follow-up

  • Minor works and touch-ups on existing stores

Your Skills and Experience:

  • Degree in Architecture/ Surveying or Interior Design required

  • Extremely high-end taste and design oriented

  • Extensive experience of managing multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

  • Proven experience of working with third party contractors, suppliers and landlords, with a good global network of affiliates

  • IT Skills: Office, Autocad, Sketchup (or other 3D software), Indesign, Photoshop

  • Languages ​​: English (paramount), Mandarin (preferred)

  • Experience working for a luxury fashion retailer for minimum 10 years with an excellent aesthetic (required)

  • Analytical and excellent attention to detail

  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills are a necessity, aside to integrity and inclusion

  • Excellent communication, leadership and people management skills (direct or indirect)

  • Must be willing to travel

Why work with us?

This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of a dynamic team with a visionary brand that offers possibilities to learn and grow. Talent development is a managerial principle at Kering and we are committed to fostering internal mobility. Our common vision promotes leadership skills and helps every employee to reach their full potential in a stimulating and fulfilling workplace environment.  

Kering is committed to building a diverse workforce. We believe diversity in all its forms – gender, age, nationality, culture, religious beliefs and sexual orientation – enriches the workplace. It opens up opportunities for people to express their talent, both individually and collectively and it helps foster our ability to adapt to a changing world. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of their background.

  • Full time
  • Europe
  • United Kingdom

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