Thefootwear designer works with the footwear product team to ensure that each product is finished with the expected visual aesthetic, high degree of quality, and finishing details.
The designer will be cognizant of the importance of cost / value and will serve as informal leader and coach to junior designer(s) within operation.
Accurately depict hand-drawn sketches, designs, graphic applications, and ideations as digitally rendered line art, flat patterns, 2D / 3D, technical drawings, and other required art / illustrations
Create web-based design boards that depict accurate and complete images of product fabrics, textiles, components, and design
Choose and illustrate materials and colors on 2D lineart.
Effectively and efficiently navigate and use Reebok software tools and systems
Ability to make adjustments to 2d patterns and construction as necessary during product creation process.
Ability to execute New Upper / New Bottom product briefs while working closely with factory staff and mold shop team.
Ability to work directly with factory team and suppliers on a day to day basis in a fast paced environment.
Strong interest and / or experience in Design for manufacturing approach.
Select appropriate methods of communications to accurately convey technical information.
Create design and concept boards to communicate seasonal direction and design theme application to a product or product line
Create supporting artwork that illustrates design concepts and tells stories
Create graphics and ability to apply to 2D illustrator files.
Gather and apply market research and / or consumer feedback to accurately anticipate and fulfil consumer needs, and identify consumers and trends
Ability to asses and make adjustments issues / challenges, and troubleshoot solutions in fast moving environment.
Serve as coach and mentor for future junior designers within operation.
Travel periodically to key accounts globally and action quick turn design requests in an effort to provide unmatched service level in the industry.
This position will have a special focus on working directly with Product Marketing counterpart and local suppliers in Vietnam to explore new innovative yet cost effective materials and processes to create Unique Selling points for the commercially driven channel of distribution.
Reebok Design DNA
Incorporate seasonal inspiration, fabric / materials / trims, color, and graphics stories in designs that have visual aesthetic as well as relevant product color / graphics themes and placement
Select and ensure color, graphics / prints, materials, fit, and trims enhance product aesthetic, works within overall design range, and overall design has market appeal
Ensure the product successfully meets the brand aesthetic by adhering to Reebok design DNA fundamentals for both Core Lifestyle and Core Fitness product
Create / design products that integrate technology, function, and design aesthetic and remain within cost margins.
Assess potential cost / margin impact of fabric, color, trim, graphics, treatments, technology, components, and construction choices
Resolve cost / margin issues and ensure product / design realization and execution, within budget, against the targeted Go-
In-Margin, revenue, quality / pricing, and timelines to meet market requirements
Analyze and select product elements based on cost and a hierarchy of importance.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities :
Communicate with Others
Transport information effectively in individual and group situations using the most appropriate and effective medium, such as, but not limited to, presentations, meetings, one-to-one situations
Select content and use language and terminology appropriate to the audience
Prepare concise presentations, briefings, and email that ensure the intent is consistently and correctly interpreted by recipients
Convey messages verbally and visually in a clear, concise, and accurate way during meetings, telephone / video conferences such that interpretation is consistent and accurate, and need for clarification is minimal
Receive and give feedback in a positive, constructive manner
Convey conceptual information in a concrete and tangible manner
Manage Relationships and Diversity
Tackle conflicts proactively and finds constructive solutions together with his / her counterparts
Planning and Organizing
Work independently and perform a variety of tasks with different levels of complexity by developing effective plans and organizing work efficiently
Willingness and ability to work in high speed environment.
Participate conscientiously and with accountability in own, cross-department, and cross-function teams, and facilitate effective team outcomes
Think and act in a goal-oriented manner, and prioritize and complete tasks in order of importance.
4+ years of footwear design experience
Advanced level Adobe Illustrator; Photoshop a plus
General understanding of materials related to footwear design.
Experience in manufacturing setting a plus.
Bachelor degree in product, industrial, or automotive design