Timberland: Senior Designer (Outdoor)

Timberland, a VF Company
Stratham, NH, USA
Posted 8 hours ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion,Design Services
Position Summary

You will be responsible for product integrity and interpretation with respect to design, manufacturing, quality, and cost. You will work on Outdoor and Lifestyle products preparing technical fit specifications and collaborating with designers and factories to ensure that the specifications, measurements, fit, and construction are in keeping with the product brief.

Join the Timberland Family

Founded in 1973, Timberland® is a global outdoor lifestyle brand based in Stratham, New Hampshire, with international headquarters in Switzerland and Shanghai. Best known for its original yellow boot designed for the harsh elements of New England, Timberland today offers a full range of footwear, apparel, and accessories for people who value purposeful style and share the brand’s passion for enjoying – and protecting – nature.

At the heart of the Timberland brand is the core belief that a greener future is a better future. This comes to life through a decades-long commitment to make products responsibly, protect the outdoors, and strengthen communities around the world.

Timberland is a VF Corporation brand. VF is one of the world’s leading apparel, footwear, and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations and a commitment to delivering innovative products and creating long-term value for its employees, customers, and shareholders.

To learn more about Timberland and share in our mission to step outside, work together and make it better, visit one of our stores, www.timberland.com, or follow us @timberland.

Senior Designer – Men’s Footwear (Global Timberland)

You will be a trusted member of our Global Footwear Design Team, reporting to the Senior Manager of Design for the Men’s Outdoor category. You will build relationships and partnerships across the Global Footwear Design, Global Footwear Development, and Global Merchandising teams with an openness to giving and receiving feedback and a shared focus on team collaboration to achieve the best result.

What you will do


  • Initiate and provide focused, feasible, functional, commercial, and innovative footwear ideas that are appropriate for the Timberland brand, and the women’s consumer in a timely manner
  • Lead with a “Design First” point of view to bring innovation and brand-right products to the marketplace.
  • Create two- and three-dimensional sketches illustrating new, unique product ideas and innovative concepts which meet the expectations delineated in the product brief.
  • Use creative problem-solving skills to assist the Global Merchandising and Development teams in fulfilling product and calendar objectives quickly and efficiently.
  • Focus attention on the extent of the product briefs to support the category goals and objectives
  • Develop an awareness of key accounts and channels of distribution derived from market insights and trends to ensure concept feasibility.
  • Follow the Brand’s creative direction within the application and use of traditional and new materials, compounds, and constructions and color direction.
  • Gather and present fashion and trend inspiration and storyboards to support concepts relevant to projects.
  • Develop an understanding of the Outdoor Footwear category by following consumer trends through social media and utilizing trend resources.
  • Create unique graphic prints and elements for footwear applications on patterns and materials.
  • In conjunction with a product developer, prepare the approved design into a package of two- and/or three-dimensional information which adequately describes and utilizes current and feasible. manufacturing and assembly techniques; while taking into consideration performance, fit, and costing objectives.
  • Maintain and provide a clear form of documentation and communication with team members to ease the transfer of the design solutions from concept through commercialization.
  • Occasional travel to regional and global locations to present and execute design concepts with a focus on business (accounts), insight (consumer and market), and inspiration (trade and trend shows).
How you will do it


  • Work in partnership with the Design, Global Merchandising, and Footwear Development teams to execute project direction, product process, cost targets, and deliverables.
  • Collaborate and liaise with the Product Creation, Marketing, and Merchandising teams.
  • Use creative problem-solving skills to assist Product Management and Development teams fulfill product and calendar objectives quickly and efficiently.
What success looks like


  • You are adaptable with innovation and innovative thinking.
  • With your leadership skills, you lead through vision and values, facilitating change with empowerment as you coach and develop others.
  • You build strategic work relationships with trust, communication, cultural, and interpersonal effectiveness, and influence.
  • Your business and management skills include building organizational talent, business acumen, being customer-focused, driving for execution and operational decision making.
Free to Be, Inclusion and Diversity

As a purpose-led, performance-driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness, and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Skill for Success

Years of Related Professional Experience: 5+ years of Men’s footwear design experience, ideally with a focus on outdoor products.

Formal education and subsequent undergraduate/graduate degrees, such as a bachelor’s degree in art or design or a related field, are nice, but we are most interested in your total experience and professional achievements.

What we expect you already know/have


  • Experience with leather, textiles, graphic, color, and footwear
  • Solid communication skills and the ability to communicate concepts with digital renderings
  • The ability to contribute and generate ideas with designers
  • The propensity to respond quickly to multiple projects with strong time management skills
  • A tenacious ability to set priorities and manage deadlines
  • A highly organized and self-motivated mindset with a critical eye for detail
  • The capability to work and build relationships with cross-functional teams
  • Creative problem-solving skills to meet product and calendar objectives quickly and efficiently
  • Strong organizational and communication skills (oral, written in English)
  • Proficiency with computer-aided design (CAD) design applications such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge or interest in learning additional computer design (Solidworks, Alias, Rhino, or other design software) is a plus
What we will teach you


  • As a member of our Global Footwear Design team, you will be a part of our inclusive creative culture where all ideas are encouraged and expected.
  • You will be both a teacher and a learner in all that you do.
  • Career ownership, enabling you to build your knowledge and experience across different brands and even other countries
  • To thrive in a supportive feedback-based culture where respect and integrity guide us in what we do
  • How to grow, both professionally and personally, with tailored training – from a thorough induction to ongoing online and face-to-face training
  • Be part of an inclusive environment where people of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, and nationalities love working together
  • To inspire others to step outside and make it better, make a difference by using purposeful actions first and encourage others to join you, believe in collaboration and work to create positive transformations, and initiate and propose bold ideas for innovation, development, and progress
VF Guiding Principles

: Live with Integrity, Act Courageously, Be Curious, Act with Empathy, and Persevere.

What’s In It For You

We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy, and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical, and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package. Go to MyVFBenefits and click “Looking to Join VF?” to learn more.

Our Parent Company, VF Corporation

VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities, and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active, and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals together. This is our calling. Learn more at vfc.com.

We just have one question. Are you in?

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