Vans Footwear Designer

Multiple Locations
Required Experience: 0 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 8 days ago
Job Description
Job Description
Vans: Be a Part of the Original
It was never about waving the brand like a flag, it was always about the people Paul Van Doren
Vans is the original action sports footwear company, rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, Vans has thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the expressive creators within our company and community as they bring new and innovative perspectives to help shape and transform the future of our business.

At Vans, our culture sets us apart and influences everything we do. We are driven by five values:
We are determined.
We are connected to our consumers and to each other.
We are inclusive.
We are expressive and fun.
And most of all, we are a family.

Vans is a subsidiary of VF, the worlds largest apparel and footwear company, comprised of more than 25 brands. We are leaders in global footwear, apparel and accessories, available in more than 170 countries worldwide. As we continue to expand, VF and Vans take great measures in developing and growing our people.

Vans is founded on a culture of learning. We take pride in our ability to facilitate learning opportunities by providing the resources and tools necessary to support each individuals pursuit of growth to achieve future goals. In order to prioritize career growth within our company, Vans offers courses on topics such as leadership, communication, collaboration and technical skills to ensure our employees are self-motivated and fulfilled with our rapidly growing business.

By joining the Vans family, you will be immersed in an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work very hard across a multitude of large initiatives to bring the Van Doren spirit to life. We live for what we do.

Vans Footwear Designer A: Become the Newest Member of the Vans Family
As the Footwear Designer A for Special Projects, you will demonstrate your visionary ability to keep progressing our lifestyle footwear. Beginning with a deep understanding of Vans consumers, leveraging consumer insights to conceptualize new and innovative footwear concepts, working with design leadership, business merchandisers and color & materials footwear designers, and providing global inspiration and design direction for each project. With your strong industrial design skills, passion, experience, and manufacturing knowledge, you will support and leverage the company's continual quest to innovate and elevate design for footwears quest for creative experimentation.

How You Will Make a Difference:
Collaborate with lifestyle category teams on new footwear briefs aimed at creating innovative footwear concepts and collections. Create professional level presentation of ideas; strong sketching, rendering and presentation skills. Concept, design and develop creative solutions for new footwear for the Vans consumer. Clearly communicate detailed footwear design tech packs to Development team. Critique and evaluate other designs and offer constructive feedback. Be a resource to develop and execute footwear tech packs on alternative workstream projects under the guidance of design team. Work with the Innovation Center and other footwear designers on strategically important progressive footwear. Lead detailed and efficient communication regarding revisions, manufacturing challenges, material specs, finishing and details between design, development and merchandising for footwear design projects within the Pro Skate category. Travel for market research, build inspiration boards and set overall category design direction while considering global trends and needs. Conceptualizes and professionally pitches unbriefed creative future footwear concepts.

Skills for Success:
Years of related professional design experience: 4+
Educational/ Position Requirements:
Bachelor degree from College or University in Industrial Design or international equivalent.
Strong knowledge of action sports culture and industrial design.
Strong conceptual thinking, problem solving skills and ability to advance ideas.
Effective presentation and communication skills.
Proficient in Mac computer design software and systems (Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop, Procreate, etc.), as well as professional business communication software (Microsoft suite, Keynote, etc.)
3D software knowledge preferred.
Natural sense of curiosity fueling creative problem-solving
Developsand maintainscollaborative and diverse relationshipsacross functions
Ability to lead multiple projects at once and meet key deadlines.
Fluent in English (spoken and written)

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:
International and domestic travel as needed (approx. 10-20%).
Willing and able to work additional hours as needed.
Bend, lift, open and move product and related office items varying in weight from 1 to 25lbs, depending on need.