Freelance Visual Merchandising Designer

New York, NY | Freelance | Job ID #65257 |

Our client, a luxury beauty brand in NYC, is hiring a Freelance Visual Merchandising Designer to cover for parental leave.

Must work EST hours.

A beauty brand is required.


  • Based on creative requests/briefs, develop designs that are clear, visually impactful, easy to navigate, and consistent with overall channel designs.
  • Full execution of all visual merchandising requests managing phases of projects
  • Based on the competitive landscape, develop top-shelf displays to stand out from the competition and highlight new product launches.
  • Design a wide variety of global launch, seasonal programs, and evergreen artwork assets (i.e. front strips, toppers, headers, trend displayers, end caps).
  • Create guidelines and maintain graphic templates/codes and 2D planograms for Regions to adapt to their local retailer fixtures.
  • Design, package and distribute open sell graphics (for production) as needed and under strict deadlines.
  • Work with key partners (i.e., Editorial, Sales) to ensure the designs achieve the best results for each product display.
  • Render gondolas/stores to show graphic layouts in context.
  • Maintain a well-organized database of graphics (on a shared server) for each retailer and open sell fixtures globally.
  • Create digital guidelines/presentations of open sell systems for internal/external use.
  • Attend meetings, present concepts, and report on the status of current projects if necessary.
  • Along with standard units, create site-specific one-off merchandising units that must be addressed individually each season according to sales/marketing and regional requests.
  • On approval of projects, create/approve vendor construction documents and vendor-required dimensioned drawings, instruction sheets for new and ongoing units.
  • Provide sample or prototype units in vendor meetings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of materials, cost, and time requirements on projects.
  • Must possess the understanding of shelf, accessory, and componentry materials and manufacturing processes, proposing compelling and plausible design solutions that can be achieved technically and within timing/budgetary limitations.
  • Maintain awareness of current trends in visual arts and merchandising, travel as necessary, and complete in-store site visits to observe counters in action and/or approve production, research trends, and materials.

Position Requirements:

  • 3-4 years in experience in merchandising, visual display, styling, events, or related areas - preferably luxury beauty brands
  • Beauty experience is REQUIRED
  • Experience with visual merchandising design, including tester displays and gondola designs
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, high-pressure, creative environment.
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), Rhino, Keyshot, Sketchup
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task with agility
  • Must be a self-starter, flexible, and imaginative with an understanding of 3D design
  • Can take direction, work independently and collaboratively
  • Knowledge of retail trends, and SMC environments

Does this sound like you? Apply today!

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • Onward Search offers medical, dental, vision benefits, as well as a 401k program, for all eligible full time temporary assignments.
  • Onward Search is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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