The North Face, a VF Company
At The North Facewe dare to lead the world forward through Exploration.We were born to Explore. We were born to Disrupt. We were born to Lead.
The North Face is the premier exploration company in the world. Founded in the counterculture of Berkeley, CA in 1966 we have a long and storied legacy of enabling exploration, loving and protecting wild places, and creating iconic and technically advanced product.
We believe that exploration is a mindset both on the mountain and off the mountain and it infuses everything we do. As a community of explorers, we stay curious about new ideas, places and people.
Love wild places
Dare to disrupt
Lead with integrity
By joining The North Face, you will help provide the best gear for our athletes and the modern-day explorer. You will also have the opportunity, tools and environment to more deeply explore the world around you and make meaningful, lasting connections.
What You Will Do
The primary responsibilities of the Designer are to provide design work of innovative and technologically advanced products that meet the needs of the companys customers and end users and which in turn drives company sales and profits. This position should be comfortable designing whole collections around coherent themes, functions, prices, etc. The Designer should be comfortable providing foundation to design team for a collection, combining all necessary trend, material, and market research into a viable product line. Accountable for the creative production of designs to enhance the product category. Brings a track record of skillful technical design with success on the market and within elite end-users.
How You Will Make A Difference
Responsible for the high-quality execution of designs in for the Snow Sports category.
Works with Product Director and Designer Manager to give input on line and product direction.
Execution of individual designs and collections appropriate to product and design brief. Creation of high quality design packages during design process. Use of Illustration and Asst Design resources to support design effort.
Responsible for proof of concept work by design team.
Tracks a design schedule to ensure a timely completion following the predetermined product development calendar.
Researches industry and product for new information. Maintains working knowledge of outdoor industry through personal relationship to snow sports and cross-functional collaboration within the organization.
Creates and communicates visual presentations.
Partners with developers to create innovative and technologically advanced products. Partners with material sourcing to develop innovative fabrications.
Builds relationships with athletes and sports marketing to deepen understanding of technical needs, ski and snowboard culture and current trends.
Train and develop Associate Designers.
Performs these and other duties as assigned.
What You Bring
5-8 years of related professional experience.
Bachelor's Degree in Design (apparel), or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Deep understanding of and connection to alpinism, mountaineering and snow sports culture
Experience in flat sketching expertise.
Hands-on experience with CAD software.
Experience in creation of design packages and execution of product designs.
Experience in designing successful products
Experience designing athlete-centric performance apparel
Experience in research and analysis and design cycles
Strong knowledge of formulating color palettes.
Strong knowledge and understanding of apparel construction
Excellent communications skills, including the ability to present concepts to product teams and review boards in a persuasive manner.
Strong knowledge of product cycles.
Basic knowledge of manufacturing processes
Strong knowledge of aesthetic form and the ability to design for different consumers and end uses.
Basic knowledge of textile and material construction and properties.
Basic knowledge of product costs and impact of design.
Where You Will Be Located
NEVER STOP EXPLORING
The North Face is a subsidiary of VF Corporation. At VF, we outfit consumers around the world with our diverse portfolio of lifestyle brands. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the worlds largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. We are committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for our customers and shareholders.
While our VF company and brands are diverse, we work together within a One VF culture to capitalize on our greatest opportunities for long-term performance. Across our company, a collaborative, global mindset differentiates our products and the unique experiences we provide to our consumers. It all adds up to a lasting competitive advantage built on harnessing the power of our differences to achieve great things together, all while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the world.
VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.