ASSISTANT DESIGNER COLOR & MATERIALS, FTW CLASSICS BU ORIGINALS (M/F/D)
Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:
To assist in designing industry leading executions of Footwear through color and material.
Continuously aware of information needed to design a consumer and brand relevant product. Should include all possible sources to gain this information:
•Trade fairs, cultural events, and sporting events, athlete insights
•Trade publications, general interest press, trend services, fashion and sportswear magazines and websites
•Store checks, market visits, and team travel as provided
•Relevant forecast and sell-through numbers from our Marketing counterparts
Assists a team in seasonal and long-term design direction for their category within the following topics:
Contributes to aforementioned design direction by, but not limited to:
•Assisting in trend forecasting content relevant to our consumer and brand
Works closely with members of the category’s design team. This includes but is not limited to:
•Providing Color and Material content and direction
•Collaboration and critiquing
Assists in designing Footwear Color and Material executions for Inline and/or Key Account ranges with input from Design, Marketing, and Development. This includes but is not limited to:
•Seasonal prep and research stated above
•Assists in creating color design presentations; both physical and digital.
•Exploratory process to reach final solution
•Creates Color CADs and Material Maps & Graphic Maps
•Works closely with Development and Marketing to assist in development process & costing; meet development timelines and calendar deadlines per seasonal milestone.
•Assists in communicating inspiration and storytelling to Marketing
•Working closely and directly with shoe factories, for a speedy product creation
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•3D tools is a big benefit
•Power Point/Key Note
•Apple Mac Operating system
•Ability to understand design concepts and think conceptually
•Ability to create designs that meet category needs and commercial opportunities
•Ability to operate in a fast pace, ever changing work environment
•Works well in a team environment. This position requires employee to engage with many stakeholders, as well as manage various information and relationships
•Ability and desire to push themselves, others, and the brand forward.
•Ability to influence and collaborate with key business partners
Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:
•Four year college or university degree in industrial, graphics, apparel or footwear design
•Thorough knowledge of art and design with clear understanding of visual design or any design related environment
•Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree
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