Apparel Designer II
Apparel Designer IIJob Level:Mid-LevelJob Type
Full-Time, Non-ExemptJob Location:
Cotopaxi HQ: Salt Lake City, Utah (Hybrid or Remote)Eligible for remote work in California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington or Wyoming.Job Compensation:
$75-90k plus annual bonus potential.
About Cotopaxi:Cotopaxi is a carbon neutral certified B Corporation that creates sustainably made outdoor gear designed to fight extreme poverty, inspire adventure, and move people to Do Good. Our Gear for Good
promise is to make gear that lasts and to have a positive social, environmental, and economic impact. By 2025, we're committed to using repurposed, recycled, or responsible materials in all of our gear. We also allocate at least 1% of our annual revenue to the Cotopaxi Foundation, which awards grants to nonprofit partners with proven track records of alleviating poverty. Through our Foundation to date, we have reached an estimated 3.5 million individuals living in extreme poverty.Cotopaxi is a company that values people, innovation, and adventure and our work environment reflects just that.
Whether you are working from one of our
retail stores, our headquarters, your couch at home, or even your van in the woods, you'll feel the camaraderie of our amazing team of visionaries, builders and go-getters. We are a team of adventurous, mission-driven people looking to prove that business CAN be a force for good.
Job Overview (What You'll Do):Cotopaxi is seeking a new Apparel Designer to join our growing team on a mission to Do Good. This person will use their creativity, technical-acumen and keen eye for style to own the apparel design process from concept to creation and delivery. Ideal for a candidate who has experience with performance apparel, who knows outdoor-wear, who understands the globe-scout consumer and who is eager for the opportunity to join a collaborative, innovative and passionate team.
Job Responsibilities (How You'll Do It):Concept and Collaboration:
Work with the Design Director on seasonal design concepts to bring new ideas and innovations to the product line.Construction:Research
Provide expertise in creating apparel styles - build technical styles from start to finish and be able to suggest effective construction techniques.
Stay on top of consumer, product, outdoor and travel industry trends, being an expert in your categories.Ideation:
Generate sketches and drawings in a way that communicates designs effectively.Materials:
With a keen eye for application, research and select new materials, design custom fabrics and trims and partner with the material team on creating custom material solutions.Tech Packs
: Create detailed technical drawings and specification packages for both prototyping and production.Sample Review
: Participate in proto reviews and update all files.Color:
Provide color concepts and work with colorists on design intent.Sustainability:
Contribute to sustainability efforts as it relates to product design and development.Cross-Functional Partnerships
: Communicate effectively and work collaboratively in a team environment with product management, merchandising, product development, sales and planning.Presentations:
Create and present design presentations in cross-functional meetings for big picture concepts, detailing the whole design process.Travel:
Travel domestically and internationally to attend trade shows, inspiration trips and factory visits.
The Ideal Candidate (What You Need to Succeed):A Bachelor's Degree in Apparel Design or similar field, or equivalent experience.About 5 years of post-graduate apparel design experience, ideally in the outdoor/active/lifestyle industry.Experience with designing sportswear, outerwear, and technical apparel.Apparel construction knowledge, preferrably with a background in textile and color.Expert knowledge in assembling a detailed technical package to communicate proper instruction to agents/factories for initial or in process style development.Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.Ability to travel ~15% of the time both domestically and internationally.Passion for your craft and familiarity with the types of products we make.You don't need to be an outdoor expert, but you do need to be knowledgeable about outdoor apparel.
Job Benefits (The Perks):We deeply care about our employees and are proud of our commitment and investment in our team. We prioritize wages and benefits and always keep the employee experience in mind as we work to create a quality work-life balance for everyone.Here is a snapshot of the benefits we provide:Medical, dental and vision benefits.Company paid basic life insurance.Company paid short-term disability coverage.Company paid life assistance program, with the election of medical coverage.Company paid mental health benefits.Company paid volunteer time.401(k) plan with employer match.Unlimited responsible PTO.In The Wild Time: Dedicated paid time out of your work week to spend outdoors.Remote work stipend (for remote employees only).60% off Cotopaxi products.Additional outdoor/adventure/lifestyle brand discounts.$1,000 stipend after 18 months for bucket list adventure.$5,000 stipend after 5 years for bucket list adventure.Annual company-wide outings and regular virtual/in-person celebrations.A fun, people-first company culture!
As a mission-driven brand, Cotopaxi is not only hyper aware of but also deeply invested in putting people first and paving the way as a humanitarian brand. We welcome, embrace and celebrate all people regardless of gender, age, race, disability, nationality, ethnicity, faith, or sexual orientation. We believe in Doing Good, and how we're involved with that has no limits.No matter what experience you have within the outdoor industry we encourage you to apply. At Cotopaxi we believe that experience comes from a variety of places. We look for individuals who thrive on challenges, are passionate about doing good, and believe that collaboration and radical candor are necessary for success. Show us how your experiences have shaped you and how you can contribute to Cotopaxi in our mission to Do Good. We can't wait for you to share with us your personal story!