Color Specialist

Carlsbad California
Required Experience: 3 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 8 days ago

Working within the established prAna design calendar, the successful Color Specialist supports our design team in the development of seasonal color. Primary responsibilities include color palette development and management of the lab dip process, ensuring accuracy and consistency across divisions and materials. S/he assists the design and merchandising team in preparation of color details for presentations. The position fields and responds to inquiries from cross-functional teams and our vendor base on any color-related issues and assists with all other color related projects and functions as requested.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:


⏵ Participate in research phase of color direction and trends

⏵ Schedule and coordinate meetings with color forecasting and trend service providers

⏵ Coordinate development, preparation and issuing of seasonal color cards, both digital and physical, upload digital seasonal palettes for design team

⏵ Coordinate seasonal selection of colors to be lab dipped for all fabrications via meetings with Design Director, Merchants and Designers with management approval

⏵ Evaluate, comment and approve all seasonal lab dip submissions to ensure consistency and accuracy across multiple fabric substrates

⏵ Communicate all color comments via email to mills and vendors on a timely basis

⏵ Manage and track lab dip submits for all categories, maintain lab dip log

⏵ Maintain organized records and file lab dips and bulk submits for easy reference

⏵ Maintain light box

⏵ Evaluate, comment and approve bulk production shade bands and individual dye lots for accuracy in a timely manner

⏵ Identify and elevate issues to ensure timely resolution

⏵ Meet all Product Creation calendar deadlines

⏵ Assist the Design, Merch and Product Development team with additional projects as requested

Education and Experience Requirements:


⏵ Associate degree in apparel design or equivalent relevant experience is required

⏵ 1-3 years of relevant apparel design, development or color management experience

⏵ Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator

⏵ Working knowledge of programs: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook & Adobe Photoshop

⏵ Strong eye for color a must

⏵ Knowledge of color theory, excellent color sense and knowledge of color models RGB, CMYK and Pantone matching systems

⏵ Understanding of various fabric qualities and substrates

⏵ Color test (Munsell) results

⏵ Spectrophotometer experience helpful

Key Competencies:

⏵ Self-Leadership/Self-Directed - Demonstrates an ability to take action and responsibility for personal success and failure; influences events and achieves specific goals; originates actions and works effectively with little supervision, direction, or precedent; initiates process improvements; utilizes self-leadership techniques to communicate with manager and seek and obtain the needed leadership style in order to be effective and engaged in position

⏵ Detail Oriented - Demonstrates an ability to pay close attention to the details of a document/project; demonstrates a thorough approach to daily tasks

⏵ Organization and Planning - Demonstrates an ability to set priorities, coordinate resources, and schedule priorities

⏵ Team Orientation - Demonstrates an ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others; keeps the company goals and personal integrity of each individual in mind when taking action; willingly assist other employees

⏵ Flexibility - Demonstrates an ability to adapt to a variety of internal and external circumstances; adapts to changing priorities

⏵ Verbal and Written Communication - Demonstrates an ability to clearly, concisely, and accurately present information verbally in a positive manner and clearly communicate in written format; writes clear, understandable letters, memos and reports

⏵ Responsiveness and Follow Through - Demonstrates an ability to respond to urgent issues and items requiring immediate action and follow through to completion

Please submit resume and portfolio.