Apparel Designer II

Columbia Sportswear, Inc.


0 year(s)

Job Description

At Columbia, were as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available worldwide, were proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest, where natural wonders are our playground.

Every product we make and every task we undertake is inspired by the famous words of our founder Gert Boyle: Its perfect. Now make it better. As pioneers of relentless improvement, we are constantly evolving.

We believe the outdoors is ours to protect and strive to keep our planet healthy. We believe in empowering people to experience the outdoors to the fullest.

And we believe in you.

The PFG Apparel Designer II will work closely with the product creation team to design and merchandise an apparel line for assigned categories and projects. They will Initiate and interpret new product concepts to meet the needs of our consumers, resulting in sales and growth for the company and present design concepts including fabrication, style definition, color and features for review by the product creation team. They will also manage design projects and works with team members to ensure that deadlines are met to reach Company goals.

Develops open lines of communication to all merchandising areas within the company. Interacts closely with Sales and Marketing to understand product/consumer needs and works to initiate communication techniques that can educate retailers and consumers.

Facilitates inter/intra-departmental communication and teamwork as needed to assure timelines are met and to ensure critical merchandising information is available to Design, Merchandising, Product Development, Graphics, Production/Sourcing, and Sales personnel

Materials Research:
Research worldwide marketplace and interpret consumer and market needs as they relate to product category(s) including fabric, color, and design concepts and may attend selected trade shows for market research to gain thorough understanding of consumer/product requirements.

Works closely with Materials Research to define new areas to research and source. Identifies fabrics, trims, and garment components as needed on a seasonal basis. Researches and proposes trims, graphic applications, prints and/or patterns if applicable, and labels designs by working closely with Product Development and/or Graphics Designer(s).

Product Development & Innovation:
Participates in prototype process for assigned category(s). Includes initiating sample requests by working closely with Associate Designer and Product Developer(s), reviewing samples and directing revisions as needed throughout the development cycle. Attends fit sessions and categorical team meetings as needed to facilitate process, revisions, and finalization of products.

Proposes color palette for assigned category(s) and participates in color process, including defining lab dip needs and color-way development on a style-by-style basis. Works as a team member in identifying general color direction on a seasonal basis. Works to ensure all color requirements are met on a timely basis.

Provides sketches and line art to communicate design concepts, including multiple views and detail sketches as necessary. Provides design/concept boards to communicate design and color direction.

Possess thorough knowledge of apparel design and development; merchandising procedures, product materials, and production techniques. Possess well-developed ability to read, write and speak English.

Ability to work in a demanding, fast paced environment with a high level of adaptability. Some pressure may exist when facing deadlines.

Knowledgeable of computer design software as well as the talent and ability to perform free hand drawings.

Minimum three years garment design/development experience in the apparel industry. Experience with outdoor industry and apparel category preferred.

Bachelors degree or equivalent specializing in apparel design, fabric arts, or related field. Associates degree with 2-3 years related work experience acceptable in lieu of bachelors degree.

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Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.

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.