Director - Photography & Art Buying

New York
Apr 30, 2013
May 30, 2013
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Full Time
Ann Inc. is currently seeking a Director of Photography Operations and Art Buying, for Ann Taylor ( and LOFT ( This person will oversee the “product content lifecycle” making sure that 100% of products get launched on time, on budget, with brand-right product photography and product descriptions. This person will oversee the teams that organize editorial shoots in support of home pages, emails, and other website content. This person will manage a multi-million dollar product photography budget and all of the vendors/contractors involved in creating product content for the website (from photo studios, to retouching, to contract talent). This person will manage the Ecommerce product copywriting team. This position has four direct reports and oversees a large number of contract resources. The ideal candidate will possess excellent and extensive management, operational, budgeting, project management, and communication skills, ideally with a background in photography production or creative management. This position reports to the VP of Digital Marketing.


Oversee photography, copy operations and video production
Manage team of four direct reports including two Art Buyers who schedule, organize, and oversee 250+ shoots/year and two Production Coordinators who manage shotlists, retouching, image storage and image requests
Responsible for photography, retouching and copy budgets, including vendor relationships, forecasting, yearly budget development and month-end close process
Launch store set products live on the site, on-time, on-budget (3k assets/month)
Partner with Creative and Marketing to ensure creative and brand needs are being met
Work with Merchants to assure merchandizing needs are being met by photography and copy
Ensure sample process is efficient from sample arrival to studio delivery
Collaborate with Procurement on vendor selection process
Manage ad hoc special projects as needed


Bachelor's degree
7-10 years experience managing direct reports and teams
Photo Shoot Production experience preferred
3-5 years Ecommerce and fashion retail experience
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work well to meet deadlines in fast-paced environment
Ability to work with and present to corporate executives
Excellent troubleshooting skills
Highly organized and ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities
Strong project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects with tight deadlines
Strong negotiation skills

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