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photography manager

DEPARTMENT
GLOBAL HQ,MARKETING
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.

Agency and Third Party Recruiter Notice:

Agencies that submit a resume to PVH must have a current PVH Agency Agreement executed by a member of the Human Resource/Talent Acquisition Department. In addition agencies may only submit candidates to positions for which they have been invited to do so by one of our Talent Acquisition Specialists or Managers. All unsolicited resumes sent to us will be considered property of PVH. PVH will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

Position Description

Fitting within the wider Marketing and Communications group, PVH Studios is a talented team of in-house Art directors and Producers, collaborating to capture, produce and distribute commercial visual assets across PVH Europe brands and international markets.

The commercial fashion imagery enables our wholesale customers to make informed purchasing decisions through our innovative Digital Showrooms and sales tools, and enhances the consumer shopping experience by presenting our product and bringing shopping experiences to life in digital and “bricks and mortar” retail environments such as E-commerce and interactive digital screens.

PVH Studios works autonomously on commercial productions and also partners with our in-house integrated creative agency to support marketing and communications projects.

As creative guardians, PVH Studios works together with Brand Art Directors to realize the overall creative vision. We’re responsible for elevating our product and reflecting core brand values across every touch-point, adopting and maintaining an Omni-channel approach to everything we do.

You’ll be managing the logistics and delivery of commercial shoots with in-house and external Studios to efficiently deliver thousands of product photographs every season.

The role is varied, from briefing, budgeting, shoot logistics, post-production to delivery of final digital assets. You’ll manage the right balance between creative and operational imperatives to meet our business needs and motivate Studio teams to deliver great results.

You’ll be working to improve asset management solutions and automated workflows. Ensuring the teams plan for and deliver the increasing upload targets, driving continuous improvement to scale production at high volumes, and seeking better efficiency while maintaining quality.

Building strong relationships within the team, stakeholders across the business, and external vendors including photography, technology and logistics partners. You’ll be adept at creating contingency plans and reacting quickly to changing priorities, enjoying the challenge of coming up with solutions – regardless of restrictions and limitations.

The role is all about figuring out how to make the impossible, possible.

THE DAY TO DAY

Plan and oversee the flow of product and digital assets through all stages of production

Planning

  • Manage inter-departmental relationships for seasonal “still-life” product images and videos. Central point of contact for Asset Managers and Merchandisers within PVH product divisions, Central Business Process Development, Digital Showroom, E-commerce and Store of the Future teams
  • Short and long-term operational planning. Identify the scope of each season/project, and ensure teams incl external vendors are adequately resourced to meet targets
  • Keep Global Imaging Guidelines and Styling Guidelines updated and ensure teams consistently deliver upon the standards (creative, styling and technical specifications)
  • Work with key stakeholders within the business and external Studios to improve image production and consistent representation of our brands across all channels
  • Prepare upcoming shoots, including scheduling, briefing external vendors
  • Compile production estimates and budget for all shoots. Manage costs within the overall annual budget
  • Co-ordinate pre-prod meetings and route approvals prior to shooting
  • Negotiate and manage appropriate usage rights. Renew rights where required
  • Track and prepare all products to be shot in good time, and in an organized and (cost) efficient manner
  • Work with Operations to assess workflow and ensure processes are productive and efficient. Aim to automate where possible to eliminate manual entry and duplication
  • Set daily production goals. Contribute to weekly Operations update

Samples

  • Develop a strong partnership with our sample warehouse and merchandising teams
  • Work with Distribution Centre to maintain the seasonal Product Library and sample management system for receiving, inventory, storing and loss prevention of product
  • Ensure the accurate and timely delivery of samples to studios
  • Track sample availability against product/shot lists
  • Ensure smooth movement of samples through styling, photography, retouch with respect to deadlines, quality and accuracy
  • Handle sample requests from external parties such as 3rd party ecommerce

Asset Creation

  • Work with key stakeholders to determine delivery specifications and pre-testing files through DAM portal and CMS systems for final output
  • Ensure creative and production teams are briefed and given clear direction
  • Shoot logistics and attendance (where required), ensuring shot count and deliverables are fulfilled
  • Ensure imagery is consistent with shoot and brand guidelines, every product is shown to its best advantage and shot to the highest technical standards
  • Color matching to samples, fabric swatches of Pantone TXC colors
  • End to end responsible for your shoots incl facilitating image selection, mark-up retouching, image cropping, video edit, color matching
  • Facilitate the approval and sign off of assets prior to final release
  • Work with the Creative and Operations team to ensure the creative process is productive and efficient to meet timelines
  • Ensure external studios meet (or exceed!) production goals
  • Key contact to production teams and end responsible to deliver assets on time and within budget
  • Avoid re-shooting

Digital Asset Management

  • Ensure files are named accurately, sized consistently and manage the transfer of final assets to DAM system/s
  • Track product changes where required, update imagery [retouch or reshoot] and ensure only one correct master file is live
  • Implement best practices for working with new DAM tools
  • Maintain orderly job folders and planning documents
  • Keep detailed record of all image usages and legal contracts

Finance and Reporting

  • Manage photo shoot budgets and reconcile costs post shoot
  • Control production budgets including monthly financial reporting
  • Negotiate contracts and rates as needed
  • Report key productivity and quality metrics and continually seek improvement
  • Complete daily/weekly timesheets in a timely manner

Evaluation

  • Evaluate creative work beyond delivery. Develop future photographic directions based on valuable insights to ensure content is used effectively
  • Contribute to a culture of continuous improvement to deliver best-in-class content and assets to the global organization
  • 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 change to the way we work. You’re a collaborator and inspirer who, by daily example, seeks to achieve the impossible. 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

  • Bachelors Degree in Photography, Design, Art Direction or related field
  • 7+ years experience creating product photography for fashion brands in a high volume, high quality, fast-paced commercial studio with a production line environment
  • 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 and sample 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