DEAR RULE-BREAKERS, DREAMERS, CREATIVE MINDS: WE WANT YOU.Here at SOREL, we believe you are your most powerfultooland your determination makes you an unstoppable force.
It all started with an iconic boot. But today, its so much more. Our all-season footwear pushes the boundaries of function-first fashion, breaks away from predictable fashion trends, and rises to any (and all) occasions. The kind of stuff youll want to wear all day, every day.
The SOREL culture is all about who dare to draw outside the lines, but audaciously push forward as one. Its an institution of creators, doers and leaders who bring the spirit of the boot into everything.
We believe the future belongs to the creative. The passionate. The forward-thinkers.
So, are you ready to step up and step into your element? Walk with us.
ABOUT THE POSITIONThe SOREL product design team works closely with the product creation team triad to initiate new, innovative product concepts to satisfy the demands of our consumers and customers; and to recommend and manage design modifications on carryover products to drive sales and growth for the company.
The product design team is looking for a Senior Footwear Designer with exceptional problem-solving skills and the ability to create industry leading products and collections for assigned product category(s), on a worldwide basis.
HOWYOULLMAKE A DIFFERENCECatalyst. Function as an agent of positive change; adapt, influence, educate, incite, motivate, challenge.
Calculated risk taker. Take calculated risks with design as appropriate, and within the guidelines of the Brand directive. Effectively assess when and where more risky and adventurous design is necessary and be able to inspire and communicate this strategy to leadership and other designers on the team.
Entrepreneur: Identify opportunities, create and validate solutions, ensure commercial viability. Execute the vision.
Research worldwide marketplace and interpret consumer and market needs/trends as they relate to product category(s) to gain thorough understanding of customer/product requirements. Includes researching materials, components, color, and design concepts and collecting feedback from customers, consumers, and sales representatives. Travel for consumer/product research as approved by Columbia senior management.
Generate multiple, unique 2D & 3D product concepts per new model that address critical functional, aesthetic, and business goals on a seasonal basis. Provide design/concept boards to communicate design/collection creative direction. Design projects include new in-line and special-make product and update carry over styles.
Develop products that meet and, in some cases, exceed the merchandising product brief, brand vision, and target cost from sketches through digital line art. Communicate design concepts to Product Creation Team, including multiple views and detail sketches and/or technical drawings as necessary.
Help streamline the design process with the intent of maximizing department efficiency and meeting deadlines.
Participate in Business Unit Meetings, Sales Meetings, and other meetings as needed. Be available to present category products and design/merchandising information during key meetings and line presentations.
YOU AREUp-to-date with current and relevant trends and tools
Able to perform free hand drawings
Able to write technical material for clear product presentation and marketing
Able to conduct complex interpersonal interactions with employees and customers in a productive and collaborative manner
YOU HAVEBachelors degree in Industrial Design or related field preferred.Combination of relevant experience and education may substitute for degree
A minimum of 8 years experience in Product Design with an emphasis on footwear categories, specifically performance athletics / running / trail running / multisport / hiking / lifestyle and fashion.
Thorough knowledge of footwear design, materials and production techniques
Thorough knowledge of current 2D and 3D computer design software
Strong deductive reasoning skills and ability to perform complex mathematics and calculations
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Here at SOREL, we believe you are your most powerful tool and the determination you find within is an unstoppable force. SOREL challenges the status quo by creating unexpected footwear that pushes the boundaries of function-first fashion. We stay in motion so you can push yourself forward.
Being part of the SOREL tribe is for the few that dare to draw outside the lines. Its a culture comprised of individuals audaciously pushing forward as one. New ideas fuel us as we explore the unknown, while never being afraid to charge the edge. SOREL is an institution of creators, doers and leaders who bring the spirit of the boot in everything we make.
This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.
At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.