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Director, Global VM and Retail Design

El Segundo, CA; Hybrid


Placement Type:


Salary (USD):

$38.30 to $42.55 an hour

Start Date:


Our famous beauty client is looking for a Director of Visual Merchandising to lead their visual merchandising efforts! If this sounds like you, please apply!


  • Be the ‘gatekeeper’ to ensure all brand standards are expressed consistently in all retail formats in Global markets 
  • Be an expert design innovator & conceptual thinker
  • Partner closely with internal / external teams to oversee the design and development of all aspects of VM and retail design: Store/shop layouts, fixture design / merchandising displays / lighting / furniture / materials and planograms.
  • Evolve concepts through design development as required for management approvals.
  • CAD experience is essential – creating and modifying layouts and drawings on a daily basis.
  • 3D software experience is key- e.g Sketchup with VRAY is our standard platform.
  • Expert proficiency reviewing VM, architectural, construction and fixture/millwork shop drawings.
  • Vendor management with day-to-day coordination, gathering costs for approvals may be required.
  • Knowledge of material costs, construction trades, process that affect and impact design.
  • Partner with the Creative and Marketing teams to effectively implement new selling strategies.
  • Keep aware of the competitive retail environment – with a focus on the beauty marketplace and competitive brands.
  • Knowledge of sustainable design methodologies and materials is a plus.
  • Awareness and knowledge of digital technologies and integration into the retail space.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, focus on graphic design, VM, interior design or architecture
  • Minimum 7 years of design experience- ideally retail or hospitality.
  • Stellar design aptitude and conceptual thinking required.
  • Experience with managing processes to develop clear and concise design solutions aligned with business strategies.
  • Strong project management aptitude required- to manage multiple projects in partnership with global affiliates and Zone teams to meet market demands.
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills to work with multiple business partners and cross-functional teams.
  • Strong working knowledge of basic fixture and cabinet construction detailing and methods.
  • Good awareness of design/industry trends/new concepts/materials/innovations and the aptitude to translate these ideas.
  • Demonstrates creative abilities, sketching, conceptual rendering, and space planning.
  • Good understanding of general building codes, ADA codes and interior standards
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of AutoCAD & SketchUp with VRAY
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Teams, Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Expert Communication/Presentation skills

The target hiring compensation range for this role is $38.30 to $42.55 an hour. Compensation is based on several factors including, but not limited to education, relevant work experience, relevant certifications, and location.

Aquent Talent connects the best talent in marketing, creative, and design with the world’s biggest brands. 

Our talent get access to amazing benefits like subsidized health, vision, and dental plans, paid sick leave, and retirement plans with a match. We also offer free online training through Aquent Gymnasium. More information on our awesome benefits

Aquent is an equal-opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. We’re about creating an inclusive environment—one where different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are valued, and everyone can contribute, grow their careers, and thrive.