Footwear Designer, Advanced Concepts

Portland | United States | Design

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization

  • To create design direction concepts for the adidas brand as part of an international design team in cooperation with design leadership, marketing and development.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop advanced adidas concepts: think outside the box, yet always from consumer and brand POV. Create new and better design concepts that are functional and emotional. Work with advanced design director and category heads to define key future concept and visions.
  • Designing through prototyping to explore and develop truly big ideas beyond ‘just moving lines’. Strong focus on own stitching, tailoring and hands on prototyping skills. Use this mock ups to communicate concepts within the design and marketing / development teams.
  • Cross category horizontal design concepts development. Find great ideas and make them horizontal to create powerful. Ideas from AIT, inline and our own advanced design ideas should be evolved to horizontal tool kits to be used by all. 
  • Verbally present product ideas and details  with clarity
  • Ensure efficient process and communication flow between design, marketing and development (within x- functional team) for all issues regarding the designed ranges and products
  • Ensure proper handover of sketches into development. Main duty is to submit all relevant information needed for the development process such as sketches, detail sketches, fabric and trim indication, artworks … 
  • Visualize ideas for products and ranges with a high degree of expertise.


  • Designing through prototyping. Strong focus on hands on prototyping skills
  • Work with Marketing, Brand and Design strategy to identify opportunities
  • Advanced work with factories and suppliers to gain cutting edge advantage

Key Relationships

  • Marketing
  • Development
  • Team members

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of fashion product and fashion design/industrial product or industrial design
  • Strong presentation and communication skills
  • Good knowledge of product development, material and trims
  • Passion for Design
  • High level of creativity
  • Knowledge and use of Macintosh computer design software/systems (Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor degree (B.A.) from a college or university, major Design
  2. 3 years of practical experience in design environment (Footwear/ Apparel/ Accessories - or industrial design, fashion design or similar design related areas)
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adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

At adidas, every day is a chance to flip the script. An invitation to take everything we know and re-invent it. Do it better. Never settling for good enough. Every day we get up, invent, adapt, improvise, find new ways to collaborate, and do the unexpected. We’re creators, makers and doers. Helping athletes make a difference, not just in their games, but in their lives and in their world. It’s an obsession.

We’ve been doing this for more than 65 years. With an unmatched history and tradition of creating iconic products, consumer connections and experiences, we’ve been defining sport culture since the beginning. And we’re never done. Come be a part of shaping the future together with us.

The Facts

Jobtitle Footwear Designer, Advanced Concepts
Team Design
Brand adidas
Location Portland
Country United States
Number 193788
Position Type Full time
Date Apr-25, 2019
Relocation yes

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