Footwear Designer

Bozeman California
Required Experience: 3 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 9 days ago

Oboz Footwear is a wholesale brand founded in 2007. Bozeman, Montana is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise and it’s our home. It's what motivates us to lace up daily and explore the 18 million acres of Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that surround us. A vast and breathtaking landscape just waiting to be explored on two feet. Bozeman is where it all started and it’s what inspired our name. Outside + Bozeman = Oboz.

Our shoes are designed with one focus in mind, to get people out into the wilderness and onto the trail. True To The Trail® guides everything we do. From building great fitting footwear to how we give back to our community and the way we treat our planet. It's a mindset that grounds us in what's most important, doing things the right way. Because any other way just wouldn't be true to the trail.

Sustainability is at the heart of being true to the trail. We love the outdoors, and the way we figure, the more trees the more outdoors for us all to enjoy; so we plant a tree for every pair of Oboz sold. Our HQ is powered by clean wind energy – 100% of our office power comes from wind farms in Central Idaho and Washington. We carbon-offset our shoe shipments, employee travel and the office utility bill. And, the shoes we don't sell make a difference, too – we donate our unsellable (but still trail-worthy) shoes, partnering with Project Sole and local non-profits to find feet in need.

Oboz has joined forces with the internationally recognized outdoor retailer, Kathmandu. Together Oboz and Kathmandu are working to bring Kathmandu North America to the wholesale market.

Position Overview
Oboz Footwear, a leading manufacturer in the Outdoor footwear industry, is looking for a Footwear designer to join the product team. The position requires an exceptionally creative and focused individual, who can work as part of a team to produce multiple designs per season, from concept through to production, and present these to a larger team. This product mastermind should have an interest in a variety of footwear categories and construction experience, as well as be confident in collaborating with others to achieve shared goals. Knowledge of materials, innovative construction techniques and function-based design is essential.

Experience should include, but not be limited to, Trail, athletic and casual footwear. A positive attitude and a passion for the outdoors is a must, as well as an openness to immerse themselves and become part of the fabric of the brand.
Being a leader in the hiking footwear market, Oboz builds the highest quality, end-use driven footwear for a variety of consumers. This designer must be able to push the limits within categories, while still designing to a brief, and always keeping brand direction in mind. A high level of creativity and innovation is necessary, as well as an intense problem-solving drive, for outdoor performance driven product. The ideal candidate will be able to work as part of an experienced team to ideate multiple footwear styles, as well as effectively communicate, collaborate and organize workflow systems. You will have your hands in all aspects of the process, from concepts to final spec packages, and be responsible for finishing projects on time in a fast-paced environment. Flexibility and a positive attitude are crucial, as well as the ability to interpret creative briefs, co-ordinate and distill information pertaining to various projects.


? Serious, A-game creative skill.

? 2-3 years of professional footwear, industrial design or equipment experience

? Strong drafting skills, digital or traditional, and the ability to convey multiple concepts efficiently within set deadlines

? Ability to present these concepts, in group reviews, and effectively communicate to the needs outlined in the brief

? Expert knowledge of design related software in a Mac environment: Illustrator & Photoshop (and any 3D experience is a plus).

? A strong knowledge of materials, fabrications and production techniques pertaining to outdoor footwear

? Experience in taking product from a sketch to reality, and the drive to cost engineer such products as necessary

? Deadline oriented, excellent communication ability and organizational skills

? Self-motivation, and the ability to excel both independently, and in a collaborative team environment.

? A great portfolio showcasing your experience

? Passion for life in small mountain town

Key Relationships

? Oboz Product team, including design, development and product line management

? Asian based development team, at multiple manufacturing locations

? Oboz marketing and sales teams

Company Culture
Oboz has a small, but growing, family-feel team. We are collaborative and thrive on cross-functional relationships.
We care about our customers, the outdoors and each other. Our office is relaxed and non-conventional with a dog-friendly culture. We love the outdoors, and are passionate about doing the right thing for a more sustainable world for us all to share. We are proud of our amazing brand and we aspire to create the best and most comfortable footwear in the world so everyone can enjoy the outdoors with us.

We want to share our success with other likeminded, passionate people who enjoy working in a fast-paced industry and share our company values.

As well as amazing footwear benefits and awesome folks to work with, Oboz offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including Medical, Dental, and vision, 401k retirement and paid time off and an opportunity to earn a yearly, performance based cash bonus.

Want to join us? Please send your resume and cover letter, including salary history as well as sample portfolio, including sketch work (website, download links or pdfs), through Maximum file size 10mb please! Submissions without portfolio will not be reviewed. Please enter ‘Footwear Designer’ in the subject line of your application email to identify the role for which you are applying. Review of resumes will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.