PFG Women's Apparel Designer II

Columbia Sportswear Company
Portland, OR, USA
Posted 5 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion


At Columbia, we’re as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available worldwide, we’re proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest, where natural wonders are our playground.

Every product we make and every task we undertake is inspired by the famous words of our founder Gert Boyle: “It’s perfect. Now make it better.” As pioneers of relentless improvement, we are constantly evolving.

We believe the outdoors is ours to protect and strive to keep our planet healthy. We believe in empowering people to experience the outdoors to the fullest.

And we believe in you.


Columbia Sportswear is looking for an Apparel Designer to support our PFG category. This person will work closely with the Design Director and Merchandisers, initiate and interpret new product concepts to meet the needs of our consumers, present design concepts including fabrication, style definition, color and features for review by the product creation team, and manage design projects and work with team members to ensure that deadlines are met to reach Company goals.


  • Research worldwide marketplace and interprets consumer and market needs as they relate to product category(s). Includes researching fabric, color, and design concepts.

  • Propose design ideas based on seasonal assignments with regard to fabrication, style definition, functional features, fit requirements and design details.

  • Provide sketches and line art to communicate design concepts, including multiple views and detail sketches as necessary.

  • Participate in prototype process for assigned category(s) including initiating sample requests, reviewing samples and directing revisions as needed throughout the development cycle, and attending fit sessions and categorical team meetings.

  • Propose color palette for assigned category(s) and participates in color process, including defining lab dip needs and color-way development on a style-by-style basis.

  • Facilitate inter/intra-departmental communication and teamwork as needed to assure timelines are met and to ensure critical merchandising information is available to Design, Merchandising, Product Development, Graphics, Production/Sourcing, and Sales personnel.


  • Able to solve complex problems and develop independent, creative solutions based on the evolution of multiple options

  • Skilled in explaining complex design problems and can guide the coordination of information to ensure ongoing collaboration and program execution

  • Able to work effectively under pressure and maintain discretion and confidentiality

  • Excellent in time-management and prioritization while working on multiple projects simultaneously


  • Bachelor’s degree, applicable certification or equivalent experience

  • 3+ years garment design experience in the apparel industry

  • Experience with outdoor industry is a plus

  • In-depth knowledge of apparel design and production principles, concepts and theories

  • Knowledge of computer design software as well as the ability to perform free hand drawings

  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator

  • Strong business acumen and understand how the design function integrates within the larger company along with high-level knowledge of the product creation process

To learn more about our hiring process during COVID-19, click here.

Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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