“The product is fun and lets me flex my creative muscles every season, but the best part of working here honestly, is the team. The people I work with are amazing, and that counts for a lot in the design industry!”

Sean, Designer

Design Manager (Temporary)
in CA - San Francisco

Job Description

There’s a little bit of magic in the air at Gymboree Group. We’re focusing on our future, from evolving our brands to transforming the way we work together. We may be grown-ups, but we’re all about celebrating children and the people who care for them. We love to collaborate to find new ways to make our customers smile. Have great ideas? We want to hear them. Want to try a new approach? Let’s do it. Come join the fun at our home office!

What You’ll Do

The Design Manager sits within Brand Creative Services leading design and execution of all marketing needs globally. Brand Creative Services is responsible for all photography, campaign development, window and in-store signage, direct mail, print advertising, web/email creative direction, packaging and store support–related design needs. The Design Manager is managed by the Sr. Director of Creative.


  • Lead graphic designers, build a strong creative team culture and inspire the team to push creative forward season over season. Bring strong creative point of view with each project, mentor designers and innovate creative and productive thinking. Manage team through change in strategy/creative direction while keeping a healthy departmental morale
  • Develop, define and evolve the designated brand, being mindful of where it sits within our family of brands
  • Develop and maintain brand standards
  • Lead seasonal brainstorming meetings, guide creative development of multiple directions for the seasonal look-and-feel and art direction.
  • Partner with Sr. Creative Director in developing photo art direction. In collaboration with Sr. Creative Director, present concepts and overall direction to leadership, framing work with the creative objective, giving context to what was done previously and when creative goes live
  • Manage all photo needs to incorporate into photo shot lists. Create a seamless path of communication with Sr. Creative Director in all logistics of photo planning
  • Participate in photo retouching process, including retouching notes, and controlling the quality of rounds of retouching
  • Manage all external marketing needs (national advertising, direct mail, etc.) in terms of consistency, brand appropriateness, and brand differentiation.
  • Build strong relationships with cross-functional partners (Production, Copy, Visual, Merchandising, Web/Email, International, Store Operations, etc.), educating and advocating for the internal creative process
  • Attend departmental status meetings. Keep the Sr. Creative Director updated on project status, initiatives and key issues

Job Requirements

What You'll Bring

  • BA/BFA degree in graphic design (or equivalent)
  • Professional graphic design experience in both print and digital mediums; retail experience preferred
  • Minimum 5 years supervisory experience
  • Must have strong presentation skills, strong creative point of view and strong voice
  • Must have stellar organizational and planning skills with the ability to work under tight deadlines and to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously, even with ambiguous or vague direction
  • Must maintain a high level of accuracy in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have great attention to detail with excellent verbal and written communication skills with both internal and external business partners
  • Must have expert knowledge of Adobe CC (with skill excellence in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop,) Microsoft Office and Mac OS
  • Copywriting skills are a huge plus

Why You’ll Love Working With Us

  • The Product—so good, you’ll be using your employee discount more than you probably should
  • The People—ask anyone that works here…we have incredible people on our team
  • The Experience—you’ll enjoy a rewarding career at a respected global children’s brand
  • The Benefits—health insurance, 401k match, and onsite wellness services for your convenience

Let’s Talk Perks!

  • Generous Health Savings Account (HSA) employer contributions for individuals and families
  • Flexible Spending Accounts and commuter benefits
  • Paid holidays and flexible time off
  • 30% off merchandise employee discount (Gymboree & Outlet, Janie and Jack, Crazy 8 & Outlet)
  • Gymboree Play & Music class discounts
  • Educational Assistance Development Program
  • Life insurance (self, spouse/domestic partner, children)
  • Additional corporate discounts at participating companies

More About Us

Gymboree Group, Inc. is a specialty retailer, operating stores with high-quality clothes and accessories for children. Our family of brands includes Gymboree, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8. Since our start in 1976, we have grown from offering mom-and-baby classes in the San Francisco Bay Area to currently operating over 900 retail stores in the United States and Canada, along with franchises around the world. We believe that respect for the customer, respect for the brand, and respect for each other are at the core of everything we do.

Gymboree Group, Inc. is unable to provide relocation assistance for this position. Principals Only. EOE. No phone calls, please.

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71 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, CA  94105

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