Drake General Store

We pride ourselves in providing strong leadership and development opportunities for passionate hospitality professionals who are looking to build rewarding, long-term careers. Drake offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, employee discounts, training + development support and many other unique perks as a part of working the Drake team. Join our team and share in our future.

We thank all applicants for your interest in working with The Drake, however, due to the high level of interest in each of our postings, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. We respectfully request no TELEPHONE, EMAIL or IN PERSON inquiries.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

  • IN-HOUSE ASSOCIATE PRODUCT DEVELOPER

    Since, 2008, the Drake General Store Originally opened as a retail presence for Toronto’s iconic Drake Hotel. We’re a traditional hotel gift shop, a classic general store, a flea market stand + a museum shop all rolled into one. Our signature neon purple cross, inspired by classic European pharmacies, lets our guests know they’ve arrived not only at a Canadian cultural crossroads, but also at a community-based hotbed for culture, visual and performance art, dining, hospitality + treasure-hunting.

    We have evolved over the years into a truly unique + proudly Canadian retailer – offering gifts, clothing + accessories, housewares, curated curiosities and treasures of old + new. We have four proprietary sub-brands; Drake General Store, Shared, Held in Common + Arborist – that together make up our private label product collection. Private label product is extremely important to our business and key to future growth of DGS. These collections currently equate to over 60% of in-store + online sales and 100% of wholesale + corporate orders. Our goal is to create unique + exclusive products that fill the void of what is currently available in the marketplace. The success of the In-House Associate Product Developer role will be measured in large part by the development of executable products and apparel, while working within set budgets, schedules, and quality standards. This role reports into the Director of the Drake General Store, but they will also work in conjunction with Designer(s), Buyer(s) and Graphic Designer(s).

    Position Overview:

    The In-House Associate Product Developer’s primary responsibility is to facilitate the development of Drake General Store private label collection(s), in collaboration with the Sr. Design Manager, and Director of Merchandising. This role will be a major contributor in the start to finish creation, development and execution of proprietary branded apparel, soft and hard goods targeting the Drake General Store customer. He/She will be responsible for overseeing and owning his/her collections in their entirety.

    Responsibilities of the In- House Associate Product Developer:

    • Research and presentation of new seasonal product ideas following conceptual direction and design calendars presented by the Merchandise Director and Design Manager
    • Ensure product is on-brand and follows Drake General Store design criteria
    • Monitor and track design calendars ensuring design deliverables are met
    • Creation of design boards including colour palettes, trim packages, and technical sketches (CADS)
    • Manage and support graphic designer on creation of all assets relating to product responsibilities
    • Prepare and lead scheduled design presentations
    • Submission of final design packages, fit and construction details to Technical Designer
    • Play an active role in reviewing and finalizing all relevant tech packs for production
    • Prepare development packages in support of the Technical Designer, and participate in all communication and follow up related to each package in partnership with the Technical Designer.
    • Manage fittings and detail changes through sampling and production process, ensuring information is translated to vendor in simple and comprehensive terms.
    • Support Technical and Production teams in sample filing/marking
    • Communicate regularly Sr. Design Manager to ensure deliverables are met and schedules are on track
    • Maintain an active role in Design Flow meetings by preparing samples and design changes for team buy in
    • Daily communication with production team and vendors alike. Off-hours communication when necessary
    • Support Production Coordinator in presentation of program issues and delays to Sr. Design Manager, and aid in delivery of feasible solutions
    • Support production in execution of barcodes, allocations, and shipping marks
    • Support Marketing, Wholesale + Online departments with necessary product information
    • Co-own and manage WIP product dockets, cost and docket tracking (WIP: Work in Progress)
    • Support production in closing and consolidating WIP dockets for monthly inventory tracking
    • Communicate cash flow needs to Sr. Design Manager

    Skills and Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in fashion design or a related field required
    • Minimum 5 years of experience in product development + design
    • Lives the Drake General Store + Drake Hotel properties lifestyle
    • Outstanding eye + visual aesthetic and appreciation for good design
    • Obsession with staying in-the-know on lifestyle, home, fashion + overall design trends
    • Ability to collaborate + work well within a team setting to create the best product that is focused on our customer
    • Exceptional communicator (best in your group), positive attitude + very organized
    • Ability to respond to business objectives with creative and innovative product solutions
    • Eagerness to learn + able to juggle multiple tasks + quickly adapt to new situations
    • Autonomous, self-managed + resourceful
    • Must have aptitude for a high paced environment with the ability to manage many moving parts and multiple tasks efficiently
    • Must have a positive attitude and be open and willing to support team to drive product to the finish line
    • Must have good time management and organizational skills
    • Must have good written and verbal communication skills
    • Children's wear design and garment construction knowledge a plus
    • Potential to travel to factories for development and execution of programs domestic and overseas.
    • High proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office is a must!

    WHAT WE OFFER:
    We pride ourselves in providing strong leadership and development opportunities for passionate hospitality professionals who are looking to build rewarding, long-term careers. Drake offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, employee discounts, training + development support and many other unique perks as a part of joining the Drake team.
    If you are interested in this opportunity please send your resume and cover letter by EMAIL ONLY to jobs@drakegeneralstore.ca please list “ In- House Product Developer” in your subject line. Interviews commencing as soon as possible.
    We sincerely appreciate your interest in this exciting role with Drake Hotel Properties, however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
    WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST NO TELEPHONE, EMAIL OR IN PERSON INQUIRIES.
    The Drake Hotel is an equal opportunity employer.



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  • PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

    Since, 2008, the Drake General Store Originally opened as a retail presence for Toronto’s iconic Drake Hotel. We’re a traditional hotel gift shop, a classic general store, a flea market stand + a museum shop all rolled into one. Our signature neon purple cross, inspired by classic European pharmacies, lets our guests know they’ve arrived not only at a Canadian cultural crossroads, but also at a community-based hotbed for culture, visual and performance art, dining, hospitality + treasure-hunting.

    We have evolved over the years into a truly unique + proudly Canadian retailer – offering gifts, clothing + accessories, housewares, curated curiosities and treasures of old + new. We have four proprietary sub-brands; Drake General Store, Shared, Held in Common + Arborist – that together make up our private label product collection. Private label product is extremely important to our business and key to future growth of DGS. These collections currently equate to over 60% of in-store + online sales and 100% of wholesale + corporate orders. Our goal is to create unique + exclusive products that fill the void of what is currently available in the marketplace. The success of the Production Coordinator role will be measured in large part by the development of executable products and apparel, while working within set budgets, schedules, and quality standards. This role reports into the Director of the Drake General Store, but they will also work in conjunction with Designer(s), Buyer(s) and Graphic Designer(s).

    Overview:

    Daily management of processes and tasks related to production/execution of DGS private label brands. The Production Coordinator will act as the liaison between all departments and vendors to execute, monitor and provide regular updates on all private label production and orders.

    Responsibilities:

    • Communication of tech packs, label packages and graphic templates to local and overseas vendors
    • Receive and prepare reports based on pricing and minimum order quantities, identifying estimate program costs for Sr. Design Manager and Buying team
    • Monitor and track development of sampling processes, production approvals, 3rd party trims/notions
    • Co-Create and manage sample/production Time and Action schedules in a multi-SKU, multi-vendor, high volume capacity
    • Ensure Time and Action calendar deliverables are met and held by on and off shore vendors alike
    • Coordinate with designers, graphics, buyers, and technical designers to ensure all production requirements, such as quality, colors, trims, graphic placement, fabrication, and fit are met and clearly communicated to vendors
    • Facilitate, track, and file sample and production approvals completed by design team
    • Implementation of trims and notion package guidelines with nominated suppliers
    • Create and submit approved PO’s from approved working buy. Update PO’s to reflect changes in production process
    • Forecast and present order deposits and balance payment needs to Sr. Design Manager with the goal of a 6 month planning window
    • Daily maintenance of cost + Work-In-Progress (WIP) docket tracking, and monthly inventory reconciliation
    • Communicate daily with on and off shore vendors to ensure sampling and orders are on track and production issues are resolved in a timely manner. Off-hour communication necessary within reason
    • Communicate production quarries, issues and delays to Sr. Design Manager, presenting feasible resolutions to these issues in a timely manner with support from In-House Product Developer
    • Management of off-shore 3rd party quality control/testing procedures
    • Create comprehensive shipping marks, allocations, and barcode artwork
    • Request multiple competitive shipping quotes for management approval
    • Shipping consolidation and weekly tracking
    • Daily communication of land dates + shipment tracking with freight forwarder and Shipping/Receiving department alike
    • Submission of shipping documents to Shipping/receiving in a timely and efficient manner
    • Management of in-house quality control and reporting on receipt of bulk merchandise
    • Update and maintain monthly reports on raw, finished goods, and WIP inventory
    • Track and archive all final and updated tech packs/trim packages/PO’s/shipping documents etc.

    Skills + Qualifications:

    • Minimum 5 years of experience in an apparel production department
    • Comprehensive understanding of Time and Action calendars
    • Ability to navigate strategically around production issues/resolution
    • Must be a high functioning, creative problem solver with excellent communication and attention to detail
    • Must have good understanding of garment construction as well as technical knowledge of production is a must
    • Must be pro-active and possess the ability to meet tight deadlines
    • Must have aptitude for a high paced environment with the ability to manage many moving parts
    • Must be organized logical thinker with aptitude for both administrative and creative duties
    • High proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft office a must!

    WHAT WE OFFER:
    We pride ourselves in providing strong leadership and development opportunities for passionate hospitality professionals who are looking to build rewarding, long-term careers. Drake offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, employee discounts, training + development support and many other unique perks as a part of joining the Drake team.
    If you are interested in this opportunity please send your resume and cover letter by EMAIL ONLY to jobs@drakegeneralstore.ca please list “PRODUCTION COORDINATOR” in your subject line. Interviews commencing as soon as possible.
    We sincerely appreciate your interest in this exciting role with Drake Hotel Properties, however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
    WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST NO TELEPHONE, EMAIL OR IN PERSON INQUIRIES.
    The Drake Hotel is an equal opportunity employer.



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  • WAREHOUSE/ WHOLESALE SUPPORT

    The Drake General Store continues Drake’s mandate for providing a community based hotbed for culture, an energetic hub for visual and performance art, dining, hospitality and, now, treasure hunting. We have evolved over the years into a truly unique + proudly Canadian retailer – offering gifts, clothing + accessories, housewares, curated curiosities and treasures of old + new.

    The Drake General Store is seeking a motivated and experienced individual to join our team and provide SUPPORT for our General Store Warehouse (Keele + Eglington).

    If you are design savvy, up to date with current trends, comfortable with books, clothes, jewelry, curios and most importantly, people, we are looking for you.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    Warehouse Operations
    - Receiving, organizing, labeling, packaging products
    - Shipping and Receiving of goods – matching to purchase orders; scheduling couriers
    - Assisting drivers with larger items; ensuring there isn't a build-up of skids
    - Ordering warehouse supplies, restocks etc.
    - General maintenance support (space/stock, garbage/recycling)
    - Fulfilling wholesale orders

    Store-Support Tasks
    - Pricing individual units and dividing according to transfer slips
    - Inventory accuracy

    Desired Skills:
    - Hard working, industrious attitude
    - Very independent worker – will take the initiative
    - Comfortable with PC and basic Office applications

    Drake offers competitive pay, employee discounts on F+B offering and Drake General Store products, benefits, training programs and other unique perks, as part of joining out team. If you are seeking a challenging, fun and great learning environment, The Drake Hotel is ideal for you.

    If you are interested in this opportunity please send your resume and cover letter by EMAIL ONLY to jobs@drakegeneralstore.ca please list “WAREHOUSE SUPPORT" in your subject line. Or you can click the "Click To Apply" button below to submit your application via our website.

    We sincerely appreciate your interest in this exciting role at The Drake Hotel, however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
    WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST NO TELEPHONE, EMAIL OR IN PERSON INQUIRIES.

    The Drake Hotel is an equal opportunity employer.
    For more information about us, please visit our website at: www.thedrakehotel.ca

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    http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/eake/ or follow us on Twitter @thedrakehotel



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  • GRAPHIC DESIGNER

    Is your head overflowing with design ideas? Do you have a fixation for fonts? Does the idea of producing great creative at a unique and original retail brand excite you?

    The Drake General Store, and their in-house private label brands, are currently seeking a Graphic Designer to join their team. The ideal candidate will have an Arts & Design education and be an ardent follower of pop culture, brands, fashion and design trends. You will have a discerning eye and enjoy identifying great design in all forms and use this passion to create your own bold, trailblazing and fun design style. The Graphic Designer will assist the private label design team in producing highly creative designs and packaging across a variety of products and applications.

    Responsibilities:
    • Assist the team in creation and delivery of seasonal concepts for apparel and hard/soft goods
    • Participation in idea generation and execution of on-brand product related graphic solutions
    • Full spectrum creation of both graphic and illustrated all over + placed print design, including templating and preparation to go to production
    • Create on-brand product specific packaging, garment labels and hangtags
    • Create unique graphic solutions for brand collaborations with the goal of maintaining each brands integrity
    • Working with design team in the submission of artwork, and monitoring sampling of graphic packages, and dyelines to ensure graphic quality is up to Drake General Store standards.
    • Assist on communication with vendors and present problem solving strategies to ensure a smooth sample and production process.
    • Support Private label related wholesale and marketing initiatives
    • Assist production coordinator in preparation and production of barcode artwork
    • Lead in graphic based presentations to designers. buyers, marketing, and directors
    • Participation in weekly design presentations

    Skills + Requirements:
    • Bachelors degree or diploma in graphic design
    • 2+ years experience in a fast-paced, multi-tasking high-output environment
    • Lives the Drake General Store + Drake Hotel properties lifestyle
    • Versatile and adaptable design within style guidelines
    • Strong knowledge of typography and aptitude for illustration and print production
    • Highly resourceful & independent
    • Ability to manage design schedules for multiple overlapping projects, and meet key deliverables
    • Must be pro-active and possess the ability to meet tight deadlines
    • Must have aptitude for a high paced environment with the ability to manage many moving parts
    • Must have a positive attitude and be open and willing to support team to drive product to the finish line
    • Retail and product development knowledge a plus
    • High proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite a must!

    WHAT WE OFFER:
    We pride ourselves in providing strong leadership and development opportunities for passionate hospitality professionals who are looking to build rewarding, long-term careers. Drake offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, employee discounts, training + development support and many other unique perks as a part of joining the Drake team.

    If you are interested in this opportunity please send your portfolio submission, resume and cover letter by EMAIL ONLY to jobs@drakegeneralstore.ca please list “GRAPHIC DESIGN” in your subject line.
    Interviews commencing as soon as possible.

    We sincerely appreciate your interest in this exciting role at The Drake Hotel, however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
    WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST NO TELEPHONE, EMAIL OR IN PERSON INQUIRIES.

    The Drake Hotel is an equal opportunity employer.
    For more information about us, please visit our website at: www.thedrakehotel.ca

    Want to keep up with What’s On @ Drake? Sign up for our E-AKE Newsletter below:
    http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/eake/ or follow us on Twitter @thedrakehotel



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