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director, photo studio operations

DEPARTMENT
GLOBAL HQ,MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS AND PR
LOCATION
AMSTERDAM,NETHERLANDS
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About the Company

PVH Corp.

With a history going back over 130 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest global apparel companies. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries with over $8 billion in revenues. We own the iconic Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

PVH Europe

PVH Europe is home to the global headquarters of Tommy Hilfiger and the European offices of Calvin Klein. The company is founded on a dynamic and fast-paced work environment that’s fueled by passion, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s leading designer lifestyle brands, internationally recognized for celebrating the essence of “classic American cool” style. Founded in 1985, Tommy Hilfiger delivers premium styling, quality and value to consumers worldwide with a breadth of collections including Hilfiger Collection, Tommy Hilfiger Tailored, men’s, women’s and kids’ sportswear, Tommy Hilfiger Denim, accessories, and footwear. In addition, the brand is licensed for a range of products, including fragrances, eyewear, watches and home furnishings. Tommy Hilfiger, which was acquired by PVH Corp. in 2010, has more than 17,000 associates worldwide and an extensive distribution network in over 115 countries and 1,600 retail stores. Global retail sales of the Tommy Hilfiger brand were US $6.5 billion in 2015.

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein is a global lifestyle brand that exemplifies bold, progressive ideals and a seductive, and often minimal, aesthetic. We seek to thrill and inspire our audience while using provocative imagery and striking designs to ignite the senses.

Founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz, we have built our reputation as a leader in American fashion through our clean aesthetic and innovative designs. Global retail sales of Calvin Klein products exceed $8 billion in 2015 and were distributed in [over] 110 countries. Calvin Klein employs over 10,000 associates globally. In 2003, we were acquired by PVH Corp., one of the largest apparel companies in the world.

Position Description

Manage all aspects of daily operations working in a high-volume, fast-paced photo studio Provide leadership, overall vision and direction for the creative and production teams at all levels. Be adaptable. There's no typical day

Leadership

  • Key contact for PVH Studio’s and managing inter-departmental relationships including senior-level stakeholders. Partner with Agency Operations Directors and work together like a well-oiled machine
  • Play a pivotal role to recruit and develop the photography team. Restructure and grow the team as needed including freelance strategies and collaborate with external vendors
  • Trust the team. Hire great people, empower individuals and give them the space to do great work. Inspire, coach and develop direct reports including ongoing performance management and involvement in training.
  • Create a positive team environment, from nurturing talent to the overall vibe in the Studio. Strike the right team balance to produce great work and keep our standards high. Final arbiter and overall responsibility for work that goes out of the Studio

Operations

  • Manage all aspects of daily operations. Ensure the studio operates efficiently, to meet (or exceed!) production goals
  • Short and long-term planning. Identify the scope of projects, set daily production goals, lead weekly Operations update and ensure teams are adequately resourced Identify inefficiencies in workflow, software and systems. Evolve process and standardize ways of working to optimize Studio capabilities, productivity and efficiencies. Alleviate logistical constraints for the team, anticipate changing priorities and ensure capacity meets the demand of our business
  • Build successful and highly productive partnerships with vendors and freelancers to leverage resources and cost advantages

Creative

  • Seek to find the right balance between creative and operational imperatives to meet business needs
  • Push beyond the boundaries of traditional e-commerce. Move away from only shooting quantity towards more creative photography to make our images really sell the product
  • Keep updated the Global Imaging Guidelines for all our commercial photography and ensure teams deliver upon the standards
  • Enforce quality control for consistently beautiful images. Ensure products are lit correctly, in accordance with the guidelines and color is accurate. Avoid re-shooting
  • Research competitors, industry trends, regular reviews of e-commerce websites, to make sure we stay ahead of the game and provide real inspiration and excitement to our customers.
  • Work with Senior Art Directors and Global Creative Director to ensure the studio is regularly testing new ideas and producing innovative content, especially for our digital selling platforms
  • Seek new opportunities in video production and editorial photography

Facilities

  • Manage the onsite physical photo studios and partner with Facilities team to oversee general building maintenance
  • Overall responsible for the equipment and infrastructure needed to operate the studios
  • Be a visionary to how the studio space will evolve overtime given the business growth and increasing shot count
  • Consider future international expansion, the role may also oversee multiple sites
  • Partner with Samples Distribution Centre to set-up Product Library and sample management system for receiving, inventory, storing and loss prevention of product

Finance and Reporting

  • Maximize the commercial success of the Studios. Maintain strict operating costs, identify cost savings and contribute to operating profit 
  • Work with stakeholders to determine seasonal and annual shoot budgets. Manage shoot budgets including weekly and monthly financial reporting
  • Manage photo shoot budgets. Reconcile costs post shoot including timely submission and approval of employee expenses. Weekly and quarterly financial reporting
  • Negotiating contracts and rates as needed with external vendors
  • Regularly reporting key productivity and quality metrics and continually seeking improvement

Innovation

  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement to deliver best-in-class content and assets to the global organization
  • Evaluate work beyond delivery. Develop future photographic directions based on valuable insights to ensure content is used effectively
  • Collaborate and share best practices with peers. Seek to continually push the boundaries of quality, creativity and innovation ie discourage complacency and ‘factory’ mentality within the shoot teams

Position Requirements

You’re a responsible team player

You have a passion, tenacity, curiosity and optimism to bring about transformational change to the way we work. You’re a collaborator and inspirer who, by daily example, seeks to achieve the impossible.

Together with our creative teams and external partners, you’ll enjoy the challenge of coming up with creative solutions – regardless of restrictions and technical limitations

You’ll have a contagious passion for our brands and our business and you’ll be seeking to improve work on both an aesthetic and functional level.

A natural communicator, you’ll eloquently present ideas and navigate through key stakeholders, contributing to discussion and positively influencing decisions.

But just as important will be the personal qualities you bring to the role: confidence, motivation, credibility, collaboration, the ability to adapt to change and a willingness to bring the very best to the team.

Tons of energy and a great team spirit are a must!

Requisites

  • 10+ years experience leading and managing a commercial studio team, within a high volume, high quality, fast-paced production line environment
  • Bachelors Degree in Photography, Design, Art Direction or related field
  • Proven experience in e-commerce fashion or retail photography is required
  • Solid experience delivering both operational efficiency and quality
  • Keen eye for judging photography, color, and lighting
  • Exceptional people management skills with the ability to provide clear direction and communicate effectively with internal and external teams
  • Familiarity with DAM systems and file management tools
  • Exceptional people management skills with the ability to provide clear direction and communicate effectively with internal and external teams
    • Positive, collaborative approach. Leave your ego at home!
    • Ability to set priorities, work under tight deadlines and effectively manage stress
  • A passion for product, and a mindset for always exceeding expectations
  • Must be a self starter, easily adaptable and flexible