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Senior Copywriter / Manager


We Are An Equal Opportunity Employer
Job Title: Senior Copywriter / Manager
Job Number: C-13-25
Job Location: Pendleton Corporate Office, 220 NW Broadway, Portland, OR
POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED

Position Overview:
This role is the voice of the brand. He or she creates a compelling brand voice that distinguishes the company in a crowded marketplace and that sells products. While partnering with art directors, designers and merchandisers, this individual must possess the ability to take abstract concepts or minimal direction and produce award-winning work. He or she leads the copy staff, and oversees all copy and messaging for consumer/customer facing materials and collateral. This management position reports to the Creative Director, and serves as a senior member of the creative team.

Principal Accountabilities:
  • Define or refine the company's brand voice in alignment with senior management's vision
  • Create writing guidelines for the copy staff. These guidelines explain what the voice sounds like and why it should sound like that
  • Manage copy development, including overall organization, flow, fact checking and appropriate referencing
  • Write and/or oversee copy for all channels, including catalog, web, retail, wholesale, social media and corporate
  • Lead the team in brainstorming on strategic initiatives ranging from seasonal concepts to quick turnaround market response projects
  • Work with Marketing and Merchandising teams to create concepts and themes that build the brand and strike an emotional chord with the consumer
  • Work with creative partners to continually explore fresh ways to drive sales and to enhance the company's brand image
  • Collaborate with merchandisers to ensure that product copy is accurate and effective
  • Partner with designer staff to ensure copy and design complement and elevate one another
  • Seek, hire, supervise, and develop writers and proofreaders. Develop a strong bench.
  • Ensure the copy team delivers on schedule
  • Help create a culture of openness, team pride, team spirit, high standards, and continuous improvement
  • Collaborate with internal partners to identify areas of work flow that can be improved for better quality or efficiency
  • Establish and stay current on fashion impacts related to cultural/social trends in order to convey a sense of authority
  • Ability to communicate and craft relevant fashion messaging through the interpretation of trend


  • Skills and Qualifications:
  • B.A. in English, Creative Writing, Journalism, or a related field
  • Minimum 7 years of writing and editing experience, with at least three years in copy management
  • Strong strategic and conceptual skills
  • Thorough understanding of branding, print and interactive
  • Proven ability to write copy in catalog and on web that sells clothes and soft goods
  • A swift writer and a decisive and incisive editor
  • Works well under pressure and in a fast paced environment
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Able to lead a team with a balance of guidance and delegation
  • Portfolio of highly creative work
  • Mac-proficient in Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign


  • Excellent benefits package. Downtown corporate office working location with convenient access to bus and MAX.

    We are an equal opportunity employer. We will contact only those applicants who best meet our requirements.

    How to Apply:
    Download an application form and complete it in accordance with the instructions on the job posting. Click here to download an application form. This document requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    To have an application mailed to you:
    - Call 503.226.4801 and ask for Human Resources
    - Fax your request to 503.535.5827
    - Email your request to Application Request

    Where to send Employment Application:
    FAX to 1-503-535-5827
    - or -
    mail to:
    Human Resources
    Pendleton Woolen Mills, Inc.
    P O Box 3030
    Portland, OR 97208-3030
    - or -
    Hand deliver to:
    Pendleton Woolen Mills
    220 NW Broadway
    Portland, OR 97209
    - or -
    Scan completed application / resume and email pdf to:
    julie.strand@penwool.com.

    We do not accept resumes or applications for positions not listed on our site. No agency or recruiter referrals, please.