Designer I, Specialty Concept Footwear Design
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted 20 hours ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion,Manufacturing,Retail
Job Description

Who We Are:PAGE-BREAKPAGE-BREAKAt Brooks, we believe a run can change a day, a life, the world. Everyone who works here is a key part of our obsession to make the best running gear on the planet. We want our business — which also happens to be our passion — to be a place where everyone feels welcome and comfortable being themselves. Our company culture defines us, bonds us together, and drives our success. We live this culture daily through our brand values: Runner First, Word is Bond, Champion Heart, There is no “I” in Run, and Keep Moving. This means we always solve for the runner, do what we say we will, give it our all, are generous with our humanity, and find a way to keep moving every day, because joy is kinetic. PAGE-BREAKPAGE-BREAKAre you ready to help create something extraordinary?PAGE-BREAKPAGE-BREAKYour Job:PAGE-BREAKPAGE-BREAKAs a Brooks Running Designer I, Specialty Concept Footwear Design, you will help to create the AESTHETIC READINESS of selected Brooks Running footwear of the Merchandise Runner Assortment (MRA). You will create the perfect balance between an inspiring design that’s driven by a story and the performance of a running shoe. Specialty Concept Footwear Design includes the following categories: Footwear Inline Product Extensions, Event & Collaboration Footwear Products, Special Footwear Make-Ups, and Regional Footwear Make-Ups.PAGE-BREAKPAGE-BREAKAs a Designer I, Specialty Concept Footwear Design, you will continue to develop your specialty design concepts by identifying and executing new material ideas together with the Material Design Group. You are growing your ability to embellish the material with exciting graphic solutions and original textile prints.PAGE-BREAKPAGE-BREAKAs a Designer I, Specialty Concept Footwear Design, you will work closely with the Manager, Specialty Concept Footwear Design, Footwear Merchandising Team, Brand Creative Team, Apparel Graphic Design, and Brand Marketing to identify trends and stories for events, causes, annual celebrations, collaborations, and inline extensions as well as regional special make-ups through branding, color, graphic, material, and finishes to footwear.PAGE-BREAKPAGE-BREAKAs a Designer I Specialty Concept Footwear Design, your role will support and produce a clear design communication to the Footwear Merchandising Team and the Product Development Team. With your experience in designing beautiful footwear, you will play a core role within the footwear design team to ensure that Brooks is the most LOVED brand for runners worldwide.PAGE-BREAKPAGE-BREAKYour Responsibilities: PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK DESIGNPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Own the design of performance footwear uppers by creating and presenting sketches for specialty concept product based on direction provided by the Merchandize Runner Assortment plan briefs.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Apply identity principles to maximize perceived value to drive superior aesthetic competitiveness.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Develop your design POV on storytelling, color, material, textile, finishes, market, and lifestyle trends to grow the appeal of Brooks Running footwear.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Stay current in the athletic footwear market, different category trends, and product design innovations across the global networkPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Create and manipulate original textile prints on shell patterns and footwear tech packs to connect with our creative foundation CRAFTED BEAUTY.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Present trend, color palette, and textile graphics at concept debutPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Create regional color renderings of specialty concept footwear for review and presentation.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Ensure Pantone and CSI colors are handed off to Development for each color included in the season to developmentPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Refine your ability to proactively follow through on the execution of color/print for each product.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Seek out mentorship from more tenured Designers.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Respond to design critique with multiple design solutions.PAGE-BREAKPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK TEAM COLLABORATIONPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Partner within a product creation team on a wide range of projects and products.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Become a point person for your Specialty Concepts projects using your color knowledge to create unique color palettes differentiated from in-line and execute original print/patterns for footwear placement.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Collaborate with Design, Product Marketing, Development, and Material Designers to focus on color and print/pattern solutions for success in the market.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Participate in meetings with the 3D CAD Design Team to ensure a constant flow of information.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Partner with more senior designers to collaborate with the Material Design Group and Product Assessment to ensure new specialty concept footwear material selection meets our fit, feel, and ride quality standards.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Participate with Apparel Graphic Design to collaborate on head-to-toe product execution within specialty concepts of MRA’s.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Assist sales reps with any color and trend needs throughout the season.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Be a trusted partner to the development teams in Asia and our oversea production sites.PAGE-BREAKPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK ACCOUNTABILITYPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Maintain calendar/timelines/deadlines that result in timely completion of each product and/or collectionPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Use your developing design knowledge to partner with your product teams.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Answer critique with a curious mindset – propose alternative options after more design exploration.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Continue to grow your understanding of the design jet stream to keep informed on what’s trending and how this may influence our design.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Travel as necessary to Asia, Europe, trade shows, races, retailers, or other external events.PAGE-BREAKPAGE-BREAKQualifications: PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK 4-year college or university degree in industrial, graphics, apparel, or footwear design, an equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for a degreePAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK 3+ years of experience creating color/material/textile programs and future vision in a retail/manufacturing environment.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Thorough knowledge of art and design with a clear understanding of visual design or any design-related environmentPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Proven experience creating and leading the execution of vision and strategyPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Ability to understand design concepts and think conceptuallyPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Ability to understand design conceptually across product categoriesPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Ability to create designs that meet category needs and commercial opportunitiesPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Ability to operate in a fast pace, ever-changing work environmentPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Ability to build and foster relationships in a team environment. This position requires employee to engage with many stakeholders, as well as manage various information and relationshipsPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Ability and desire to push themselves, others, and the brand forward.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Ability to influence and collaborate with key business partnersPAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Keen attention to detail in planning, organization, and execution of tasks (self and through others), while still seeing the big picture and understanding how all the pieces fit together and affect one another.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Demonstration of innovation and initiative – always looking at improving our products and processes while also displaying a willingness to dive into the details and help wherever necessary.PAGE-BREAKPOINTER-MARK Passionate participation in Brooks’ sports activities is a plus, overridden by the ability to understand and empathize with the runner to develop loyal, engaging relationships wi

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