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Athletics Footwear Designer – 3+ years of Experience

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Position Overview:

Sneaker heads, we’re looking for you! The Athletics Footwear Designer will be the lead designer for the Athletic categories at Payless ShoeSource, with a heavy emphasis on designing for the Champion brand. In this role you will work independently to combine trends, customer preferences and market intelligence to help our merchandising team deliver a compelling product assortment that excites our customer and meets company sales and margin objectives. This position requires a highly creative thinker who can spot trends and develop new ideas. You will be responsible for designing up to 5 different styles per season with a heavy focus on coloring, detailing and uppers.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design & execute exclusive brands, i.e. Champion, as a full lifecycle brand, including all relevant classifications
  • Set strategic trend, material and detail direction for Athletics category
  • Effectively communicate how the translate trends into categories, lifestyles and brands with internal and external stakeholders
  • Collaborates with merchandising to execute designs against seasonal line plans
  • Provide input to merchandising translating trends into the line building process throughout the end to end process
  • Collaborate with the product development team to create detailed design tech packages that enable the factories to execute

Qualifications:

  • A 4 year degree, preferable in Industrial Design or Accessories Design with Footwear concentration
  • 3+ years of increasing responsibility in creative, footwear/accessory design, with at least 1 year experience in a design office setting
  • Highly creative thinker who can spot trends and develop ideas that will impact the product direction and relevance of product offering
  • Dynamic, creative style that can be characterized as hands-on and results-oriented
  • Highly artistic, able to render 2D from conceptual directives
  • Proficient in all Adobe platforms including Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Highly organized and able to adapt quickly to changing priorities
  • Ability to build effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work across functional areas as an effective communicator and team player
  • Ability to travel as needed to home office, US markets and abroad

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Athletics Footwear Designer – 3+ years of Experience
Organization: Payless ShoeSource
Location: New York City, New York