Footwear Designer, Men's

Carlsbad, CA, USA
Posted 13 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion
REEF was founded on a love for the beach, surfing, and a passion to create high-quality products to fit active lifestyles. Now more than 30 years later, REEF is the global footwear and apparel brand that connects us to the fun, freedom, and spirit of the beach.

REEF draws on the spirit of the beach to offer instant comfort, style, and versatility for the core surfers and beach lovers alike. As an organization, REEF is comprised of a diverse group of beach enthusiasts, surfers, artists, and innovators all driven by the same passion and relentless spirit of our founders.

Our Product team is seeking a Men’s Footwear Designer to join the REEF Design team. Under the direction of the Men’s Sr. Designer, your goal will be to execute key sandal and shoe concepts. You will collaborate with the Product Management team to execute seasonal color, graphic and merchandizing stories. You will also partner with the Development Team to create tech packages and blueprints for your designs.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with the Men’s Sr. Designer to create a meaningful connection between REEF’s target male consumer and the brand vision, design language, and product direction.
  • Execute individual designs and collections as specified in product briefs.
  • Confidently present design concepts and ideas in large group settings.
  • Able to multitask, problem solve and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Develop and maintain productive, effective, and professional relationships with peers, superiors, vendors, and others.
  • Travel with the team to overseas factories in China, sales meetings, select trade shows, and significant retail regions/districts.

Required Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Design or relevant field
  • Minimum 3 years of experience designing shoes or sandals


  • Knowledgeable in current cultural, fashion, footwear and related trends; ability to apply them appropriately.
  • Experienced in the fundamentals of footwear design, construction and development.
  • Ability to efficiently communicate in sketch form and respond to questions from management and other employees of the organization.
  • Practical experience in the field of design.
  • Highly motivated, a team player and motivated self-starter.
  • Interested in beach fashions and lifestyle.
  • Proficient in Mac OS, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop applications.

Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.

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