Design Manager

Boston | United States | Design


Responsible for researching trends, ideation of new concepts and creating compelling stories to meet the brand aesthetic.  The Design Manager works with the apparel team to ensure that each product meets the categories product brief and the seasonal design direction set by Creative Direction and Senior Management team.

Key Accountabilities:

Implement the seasonal Direction of the Category according to market trends ensuring consistency though products and ranges

Advance category strategy through innovative apparel concepts/stories

Influence the creative vision for specific ranges across the category

Mentor, inspire and grow direct reports

Accurately depict sketches, designs, ideations, technical drawings, and other required art / illustrations

Effectively and efficiently navigate and use Reebok software tools and systems

Create technical drawings and representations of fabric, trim, graphic, color and products such that construction information is interpreted exactly as intended

Visualize seasonal ideas for ranges and product concept

Conceptualize and design ranges in the specific Category and manage the creation process of the line range

Proactively manage the creation of new products and prototypes

Create supporting artwork that illustrates design concepts and tells stories

Ensure an efficient process and communication flow between design, marketing and development

Select appropriate methods of communications to accurately convey technical information in informal and formal situations

Ensure proper handover of product design to development


Translate fashion and culture trends to the brand, products, product lines, design concepts, color, and graphics

Employ multi-dimensional thinking to ideate and discover new perspectives, view points, or approaches

Use unorthodox or atypical ways of solving problems to conceive innovative, usable concepts/ideas

Reebok Design DNA:

Ensure the product successfully meets the brand aesthetic by adhering to Reebok design DNA fundamentals

Ensure construction, finishing techniques, and textiles enhance product usability

Research and apply new and innovative ways to use existing & new techniques

Attend and contribute to review sessions for designs, construction, fit, and/or prototypes

Ensure design reflects market needs and product brief requirements

Use relevant and appropriate resources to accurately determine, anticipate, and validate current and future trends, competition, retail landscape, and cultural drivers

Gather and apply market research and/or consumer feedback to accurately anticipate and fulfill consumer needs, and identify consumers and trends

Financial Aptitude:

Create / design products that integrate technology, function, and design aesthetic and remain within cost margins

Resolve cost / margin issues and ensure product / design realization and execution, against the targeted Go-In-Margin, quality / pricing, and timelines to meet market requirements

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Profound knowledge of apparel design

Excellent communication skills

High level of initiative and maturity

Problem solving attitude & can-do personality


Bachelor’s degree in fashion or apparel design

8+ years of apparel design experience

Advanced level in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop a plus

Knowledge of garment construction, garment fit and costing

Strong negotiating and influencing skills

Presentation and Storytelling skills

Prior management or mentoring of more junior designers a plus

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The Facts

Jobtitle Design Manager
Team Design
Brand Reebok
Location Boston
Country United States
Number 191977
Position Type Full time
Date Mar-05, 2019
Relocation yes

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