Designer

Varsity Spirit
Plano, TX, USA
Posted 1 day ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion
JOIN THE BEST TEAM ON THE FIELD IN SPORT, SPIRIT & ACHIEVEMENT

At Varsity Brands, we believe every student deserves the opportunity to succeed and every educator wants to make a difference. It takes a team to make a real impact, and through our three distinct brands – BSN SPORTS, Varsity Spirit and Herff Jones – and our network of 9,000+ employees and independent representatives, we are proud to partner with schools, colleges and universities across the country to transform the student journey in SPORT, SPIRIT and ACHIEVEMENT.

Are you looking to play an important role on a winning team? Are you looking for more than “just a job,” but a place where you can truly thrive and have your daily contributions make a real difference in someone’s life? At Varsity Brands we’re a growing company where you can lend your skills and talents in support of a greater mission. In return, you get to work with great people on challenging assignments that will accelerate your professional growth.

Summary/Objective

Apparel Fashion Designers work in close collaboration with other creative and technical disciplines to provide our customer with an exceptional experience. A successful Designer possesses strong communication skills, an impeccable design aesthetic, a keen eye for detail, and strong conceptual thinking. Responsible for bringing innovation and inspiration to the design of our trend setting uniforms, practice wear and outerwear that focus on a competitive athlete. Creates unique designs in real time with customers and contributing designs to our fashion collections. Works independently and collaboratively.

Job Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Design Director on the direction for the styling, fabrication, and color development of uniform category.
  • Collaborate with Design Director on overarching concept to independently produce seasonal trend and color direction.
  • Conceptualize direct vision for branding of all uniform products.
  • Independently produce development concepts and oversee execution of sampling.
  • Understand and incorporate market intelligence and business strategy into product design.
  • Design and recommend product lines with consideration given to trend, silhouettes, and cost of goods.
  • Conceptualize and oversee print and graphic development while collaborating with the Print Team.
  • Develop strong working relationships with cross functional team members (Sales, Production and Lettering) through communication and problem solving.
  • Shop the market and oversee sourcing for new and innovative fabrics, trims, and technology.
  • Prepare for, attend, and present at internal meetings and external buyer meetings.
  • Attend fittings for all relevant product category.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of business perspective while designing brand appropriate concepts.
  • Work closely with the Pattern dept. to address construction details and or concerns.
  • Work with technical design team to ensure consistent fit.
  • Actively collaborate with other Design team and Product Development members.

Requirements

  • 3+ years of sports/athletic wear design experience required, Cheer or Dance uniform design experience a plus.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design or another relevant field.
  • Technical skills in areas such as pattern making, grading, and garment construction.
  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and PLM.
  • Very strong color and style sensibility for uniforms and apparel in athleisure, and activewear spaces to support brand.
  • Excellent organization skills with ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously to help meet team deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail in design and project management.
  • Ability to create design solutions for multiple deadline–driven assignments simultaneously.
  • A keen understanding of the needs, motivations, and aspirations of our audiences, so that you can speak to them in the most effective, compelling way.
  • Strong time management while balancing daily and long-term tasks, and multiple workstreams moving forward simultaneously.
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills. Bilingual (English and Spanish or Vietnamese) a bonus.
  • Strong social skills with ability to cultivate cross-functional partnership and an open, positive, and collaborative environment.
  • Presentation Skills.
  • Technical Capacity in Design.
  • Strong sense of color and knowledge of current fashion trends.
  • Disciplined and organized

Physical Demands and/or Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office / remote office environment with primary job duties performed on a computer.

Travel

Design travel may include customer design sessions. Attendance at trainings and staff meetings is required. Travel may include overnight stays.

Education, Certification and Experience

Associates Degree in Fashion, Design, or related area of study

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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Varsity Brands companies are equal opportunity employers. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, age or disability.

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