Design Director Footwear COLLECTION , YEEZY

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


The work created will function to shape and steer the KW Creative Vision into product expression in partnership with adidas/ Yeezy product creation team. Create industry leading advanced design solutions that provide design direction to the look/ feel of Yeezy FTW to market. Lead and establish team and direction of designs provided by Senior Design Leader(s) and KW. Maintain and nurture the design, material and color direction with the COLLECTION Design team, Development, Marketing and the consumer.  Influence both design teams developing Current and Future FTW initiatives across key categories based on direction of Senior Design Leader(s)/ KW.



Key Responsibilities:


  • Develop the seasonal Direction of the Design according to market trends as well as overall Design Direction and ensure consistency though products and ranges
  • Be a key functional relationship interface with Senior Leadership Team, Creative Direction, Advanced Concepts and BU teams, EXTERNAL CONSULTANTS AND PARTNERS
  • Be at a global forefront of design trends and innovation as well as their application
  • Steer and drive the conceptualization process
  • Manage a team towards 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
  • Work closely with category design to drive seamless collaboration.
  • Ensure the correct execution of Corporate Identity guidelines and against legal restrictions within the category.
  • Verbally present strategies with clarity and expertise.
  • Disseminate Design Strategy into design team 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
  • COLLECTION Design Team
  • CONCEPT Team members
  • CREATIVE External partners
  • KW



Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:


  • Profound knowledge of fashion product and fashion design/industrial product or industrial design
  • Innovative and highly collaborative leader and coach
  • Leadership Philosophy grounded in team trust, transparency, humility and resilience
  • Ability to lead teams through complex and ambiguous projects while maintaining positivity, productivity and speed
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills
  • High level of initiative & maturity
  • Ability to inspire, think creatively and strategically as well as to act tactically
  • Problem solving attitude & can-do personality. Proven ability to find avenues to success in the face of challenges
  • Knowledge and use of Macintosh computer design software/systems (Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)
  • Ability to lead teams remotely, across multiple satellite locations
  • Encourage/ implement virtual ways of working
  • Ability to build teams, manage hybrid teams (direct reports, contractors, partners), and develop individuals  



Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university in a relevant Design subject or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 8 years practical experience in a relevant area
  • Minimum of 3 years of management including team leadership

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Job Title:  Design Director Footwear COLLECTION , YEEZY

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Los Angeles
TEAM:  Design
State:  CA
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  277169
Date:  May 27, 2021