Senior Director, Product Design, Streetwear, Global Jordan
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NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world’s best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At NIKE, Inc. it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.
Soul, performance and style take flight at Jordan Brand. With its deep roots in basketball, the Jordan Brand began as an homage to one player: Michael Jordan. Since then, Jordan has become synonymous with peak performance and an endless pursuit of greatness. Employees in merchandising, product branding, sports marketing and sales bring creativity, innovation and audacious design to footwear and apparel, all with one mission in mind: help athletes fly on and off the court.
The Jordan Design team is inspired by the Greatest of All Time, and is focused on continuing to deliver product that is made and engineered to the exact specification of championship athletes. On and off the court, we want our consumers and athletes to be confident in the way they look and feel, the same way the greatest player who ever played the game felt every time he laced up his J’s. Jordan Design is a high performance team that works together, pushes the boundaries of sport and streetwear culture. Jordan Brand always stays focused on delivering the best product for today’s consumer.
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We’re looking for an outstanding Sr Design Director to combine their Footwear design experience, problem solving abilities, team leadership, relationship building, management skills, critical thinking, streetwear knowledge, style, and creativity to help lead the future of the industry!
If this is you, you understand streetwear culture and the needs of those communities within this space. Critical Strengths include but are not limited to footwear design experience, problem solving abilities, team leadership, relationship building and management skills, critical thinking, and creativity.
The ideal candidate needs to be a highly creative designer and team leader, have the ability to recognize and build high quality designs, presentations, and lead a multi-disciplinary design team which includes product designers.
You will be passionate about elevating the consumer by understanding the intersection of sport with streetwear culture. If this is you, you will have experience meeting the needs of the Jordan Brand consumer through the impact of culturally connected influences and narratives. You will craft, develop and implement design direction by demonstrating the overarching seasonal direction and narratives within the streetwear field of play.
As a leader, you will motivate the team, celebrates wins, and cultivate a climate that encourages an open collaborative mentality through equity, inclusion and diversity.
What you will work on
You will lead and participate in key streetwear footwear Initiatives - design through execution. You will champion a culturally connected vision with emphasis on product design integrity, forward thinking innovation, style, and consumer right solutions within the category portfolio. Seasonally, you will evaluate consumer trends, macro global insights and marketplace analysis to drive a connected experience across all models and styles within Jordan streetwear.
You will communicate and build on design vision, results, and stories to a variety of audiences and run presentation projects at all stages. You will bring style and innovation into the category through strategy and execution with the advanced concept groups and confer with others to ensure outstanding design excellence.
You will lead design resources, processes and relationships to ensure project standards and timelines are met. You will also build and run your own seasonal/annual project workload. In addition, you'll work in conjunction with design leadership to develop design and optimally handle the annual goal-setting and evaluation process of your team.
WHO YOU WILL WORK WITH
This role does have direct reports, and reports directly to the VP Creative Director of Jordan Brand, Streetwear, while regularly partnering with functional excellence leadership teams and key downstream business partners to encourage a culture of creativity that aligns to the broader creative direction!
WHAT YOU BRING
- Bachelor's Degree or higher in product creation, or design and development or a combination of relevant education, experience and training.
- Minimum of 10 years footwear Product Creation (Design and Development) experience and knowledge.
- Creative future visioning, high taste-level and critical thinking.
- Innovation, consumer experience, and product creation knowledge.
- Champion of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
- Project Management experience.
- Team oriented mentality and shown willingness to partner with others.
- Shown experience working in cross-functional and cross-enterprise teams.
- Possesses digital capabilities and skill.
- Strong communication and relationship management skills.
- Presentation/Communication style: Clear, Concise, and Thoughtful (strong verbal and written skills). Ability to present new ideas or seasonal concepts to small and large groups, including addressing executive leaders, and external partners or customers.
- Passion and awareness for sustainability.
NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.
NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.