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Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner - Fashion Design (Hybrid)

DATE:  Jul 9, 2024
CITY:  New York
BRAND:  Designer Brands
REQ #:  144769
LOCATION NAME:  Camuto Design Studio
DEPARTMENT:  Human Resources


General Summary
The Senior Talent Acquisition Partner plays a critical role by spearheading the sourcing and recruitment efforts across various corporate functions. This role will oversee the recruitment lifecycle, from initial candidate engagement to onboarding, while actively contributing to employer branding initiatives and supporting internal mobility.  As a strategic partner, this position will shape the candidate experience, leverage market insights and collaborate closely with stakeholders to attract and retain top talent to drive the organization’s growth and success.   

Reports to:  Director, Talent Acquisition

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Manage full-lifecycle recruitment efforts, with a primary focus on professional and management level positions within the corporate teams
•    Collaborate with business partners to understand recruiting needs and drive engagement throughout recruiting lifecycle
•    Partners with hiring manager(s) to review position specifications, salary requirements, and interview processes, ensuring alignment with organizational goals
•    Champion a candidate-centric approach, ensuring every interaction reflects our commitment to providing an exceptional candidate experience 
•    Play a key role in supporting the development and branding of Designer Brands’ career opportunities, with a focus on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion 
•    Takes initiative to educate associates about career advancement opportunities to support internal mobility 
•    Develop and implement innovative sourcing strategies to identify and attract top talent for current and future openings 
•    Source, assess, and deliver top talent with the goal of earning a high level of credibility as an effective and responsive business partner
•    Identify and attract top talent to the organization through the utilization of competency and behavioral-based interviewing techniques
•    Partner with Compensation and H Business Partners on internal compensation equity review to determine fair and competitive offers
•    Lead candidate debrief meetings with interviewer team and hiring manager, providing valuable insights and feedback
•    Establish a robust sourcing network; including individuals, agencies, professional networks and university partners to ensure a diverse pipeline of talent 
•    Foster open and consistent communication with hiring managers, senior leaders, and candidates to guide through the recruiting and selection process.
•    Collaborates with Designer Brands partners, Business Resource Groups and Community Interest Groups to maximize recruiting and engagement strategies
•    Partners with Learning & Development to provide insight on the new hire experience to ensure seamless onboarding 
•    Organize and attend college recruitment initiatives, community-based recruitment events, and job fairs

Required Skills and Competencies:

Required Skills:
•    Proven track record of successfully filling positions across various levels within corporate environment 
•    Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and influence stakeholders at all levels 
•    Detail-oriented, strategic thinker with the ability to identify and develop solutions for optimal experiences
•    Strong relationship management skills, with the ability to foster connections with candidates, hiring managers and stakeholders
•    High degree of professionalism and confidentiality
•    Strong understanding of strategic sourcing methods, diversity recruiting best practices, candidate assessment techniques and employment law compliance 
•    Ability to identify, analyze, develop solutions to recruitment challenges, showcasing strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities 
•    Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Outlook, Applicant Tracking Systems, and social networking sites for candidates sourcing 
•    Strong knowledge of tailoring sourcing strategies to match the leadership level of the candidate

SETTING GOALS – Creates and follow effective plans. Anticipates risks, creates contingency plans. Aligns plans with goals. Allocates adequate resources. Accepts and supports change. Willing to take risks and suggests new ideas, approaches. Takes initiative. Seeks out learning activities. 

WORKING WITH OTHERS – Clearly articulates own, other’s goals. Promotes a team atmosphere by demonstrating humility and respect. Builds effective relationships, relates well to others. Delivers and responds to feedback in a constructive manner. Considers multiple perspectives. Handles conflict, pressure, uncertainty and adapts independently. Meets commitments. Dedicated to working with business partners on their expectations.

GETTING RESULTS – Personally accountable for work performance targets and achieving results. Prioritizes well. Anticipates and handles obstacles effectively. Makes good, timely decisions. Can simply and process complex problems. Understands underlying issues and addresses root causes. Meets deadlines, works until finished.


Minimum Experience:
•    5+ years’ experience in full-lifecycle talent acquisition within corporate retail environment 

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Experience in recruiting for creative product design and/or development positions within the fashion or beauty industry 
•    Experience developing and executing talent initiatives, such as employer branding campaigns, assessment and selection tools, internal mobility, and industry benchmarking efforts 

Minimum Education:
•    Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or Business or equivalent experience preferred



The estimated pay range for this position is $83,000 to $125,000. The successful candidate’s actual salary offer will take into account a wide range of job-related factors including skill sets, years and nature of relevant experience, training, pay rates of associates in similar positions, the candidate’s location, and other organizational needs. The estimated pay range has been adjusted for the applicable geographic differential. This range does not include benefits such as health insurance, paid or unpaid time off work, and retirement.


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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in more than 640 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse and the shoe co. brands. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 6,400 stores worldwide. 













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