Senior Designer Color & Materials LTD

Portland | United States | Design


To design and lead projects to design industry leading executions of Footwear and/or Apparel through color, material, and construction. Focus on being the expert & industry leading specialist innovations, opposed to leading a team of direct reports.

Key Responsibilities


Continuously aware and guides expertise/specialization on information needed to design a consumer and brand relevant collection.  Should include all possible sources to gain this information:

  • Trade fairs, cultural events, and sporting events, athlete insights
  • Trade publications, general interest press, trend services, fashion and sportswear magazines and websites
  • Store checks, market visits, and team travel as provided
  • Relevant forecast and sell-through numbers from our Marketing counterparts

Is a stakeholder in driving seasonal and long-term design direction and strategy for their category within the following topics:

  • Footwear and Apparel Color
  • Footwear Materials
  • Footwear and Apparel Silhouettes
  • Graphics/Print Direction

Is a stakeholder in curating aforementioned design direction by, but not limited to:

  • Providing trend forecasting content relevant to our consumer and brand
  • Providing direction and assisting in developing materials with the Material Team
  • Working with Local and Global counterparts to provide category relative Color and Material direction when required
  • Leads as a Color and Trend conduit to Marketing, Product Managers, Designers and in between Key Account and Inline
  • Acts as a brand ambassador between all categories looking for opportunities to connect direction, product, and people
  • Assisting in creating color design direction presentations

Works closely with members of the category’s design team. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Providing Color and Material content and direction
  • Collaboration and critiquing
  • To understand technical details of the product

Works closely with members of the categories design team. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Providing Color and Material content and direction
  • Collaboration and critiquing
  • Sets a leading example within the team and mentors
  • Transfers prior experiences and knowledge to those around them
  • Viewed within the team as a Color and Material expert and senior

Leads top-line range strategy in their categories. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Leads as a specialist expert in creating holistic overviews, rollouts, and strategy for the category or franchise.
  • Communicate content to Footwear, Apparel, and Graphics Teams to align strategy
  • Inform horizontal brand moments and category moments by leading products, Color and Material narratives/executions, and tiered rollout plans in partnership with Design, Marketing, and Concept To Consumer. This is a collaborative effort across disciplines & functions together.


  • Manages in designing Footwear Color and Material executions for Inline and Key Account ranges with input from Design, Marketing, and Development. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Seasonal prep and research stated above
    • Creates product design presentations; both physical and digital
  • Exploratory process to reach final solution
  • Creates Color CADs, Material Maps, & Graphic Maps.
  • Guides their team in creating a quality and merchandisable range by having a detail to top-line view of all products
  • Works closely with Development to assist in development process & costing; meet development timelines and calendar deadlines per seasonal milestone.
  • Travel to Asia for development trips
  • Assists in communicating inspiration and storytelling to Marketing and Concept To Consumer
  • Other projects as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to Influence others
  • Provide productive critiquing and mentoring
  • Create efficient, creative, and positive working environment
  • A strong working knowledge of footwear construction and production
  • A detailed understanding of the creation process
  • A strong knowledge of material suppliers, material production, and technical material feasibilities
  • Computer Skills      
    • Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop
    • Power Point/Key Note
    • Apple Mac Operating system
  • Understanding of brand history and current positioning
  • Understanding of marketplace (Footwear/streetwear/urban) history, consumer, and current positioning
  • Has a strong understanding of Color and Material trends, application, and cycles
  • Ability to understand design concepts and think conceptually
  • Ability to create designs that meet category needs and commercial opportunities
  • Ability to design for new initiatives and products with a fresh, innovative perspective
  • Ability to operate in a fast pace, ever changing work environment
  • Works well in a team environment. This position requires employee to engage with many stakeholders, as well as manage various information and relationships
  • Ability and desire to push themselves, others, and the brand forward
  • Ability to influence, negotiate, and collaborate with key business partners
  • Strong presentation skills


  1. Four year college or university degree in industrial, graphics, apparel or footwear design
  2. Practical experience in footwear design, fashion design or any design relevant environment
  3. Thorough knowledge of art and design with clear understanding of visual design or any design related environment
  4. Three years relevant work experience
  5. Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree
  6. Has experienced knowledge and a higher understanding of product. From color, material, construction, to production.
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The Facts

Jobtitle Senior Designer Color & Materials LTD
Team Design
Brand adidas
Location Portland
Country United States
Number 191509
Position Type Limited Duration
Date Feb-26, 2019
Relocation no

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