Design Director, Footwear- Top Creator

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

Lead and establish team and seasonal direction of the respective Category given by the VP Design. Maintain and nurture the footwear design, material and color direction with the Design team, Development, Marketing and the consumer.


Key Responsibilities:

· Develop the seasonal Direction of the Category according to market trends as well as overall Design Direction and ensure consistency though products and ranges

· Be at a global forefront of design trends and innovation as well as their application

· Steer and drive the conceptualization process within of the category

· Manage a team toward Category’s objectives and implement process changes

· Steer and coach team members and their creative processes and drive development of direct reports.

· Inspire and motivate teams to pursue cutting edge ideas that are innovative and original in the market, by researching functional criteria for product and product concepts and outlining area of innovation

· Ensure the correct execution of Corporate Identity guidelines and against legal restrictions within the category.

· Verbally present category strategies with clarity and expertise.

· Disseminate Design Strategy into category and x-functional teams

· Create professional level presentations of ideas; from loose sketch to detailed renderings to Digital Presentation

· Ensure efficient processes and communication between external and internal teams


Key Relationships:

· Marketing

· Development

· Team members

· External partners


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· Profound knowledge of fashion product and fashion design/industrial product or industrial design or sports performance

· Innovative and collaborative leader and coach

· Excellent communication skills

· Strong influencing skills

· High level of initiative & drive and integrity

· Ability to inspire, think creatively and strategically as well as to act tactically

· Problem solving attitude & can-do personality

· Knowledge and use of Macintosh computer design software/systems (Photoshop, Illustrator)

· Fluent in English (spoken and written)



1. Bachelor degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university in a relevant Design subject or equivalent combination of education and experience

2. Minimum of 10 years practical experience in design, emphasis on footwear

3. Minimum of 4 years of management including team leadership

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.

Job Title:  Design Director, Footwear- Top Creator

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Design
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  256408
Date:  Feb 23, 2021