Senior Designer Footwear Colour & Materials - Training (m/f/d)




To design and lead others in designing industry leading executions of Footwear and/or Apparel through color, material, and construction.




Continuously aware and guides team 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
  • Creating 3D concept representation, 3D assets, digital product information for an accurate development and decision-making process


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 their team in creating holistic category overviews, rollouts, and merchandising strategy for the category
  • 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


Has experienced knowledge and a higher understanding of product. From color, material, construction, to production.





  • Ability and desire to manage others, which includes but is not limited to:
  • Influencing and leading a team
  • Productive critiquing and mentoring
  • Creating more 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
  • Strong 3D skills and knowledge of virtual tools are required

APP tools: Clo3D, Browzwear, VStitcher or similar 3D fashion design tools

FTW tools: Rhino, Modo, ICAD Pro, or similar 3D design tools





  • Four year college or university degree in industrial, graphics, apparel or footwear design
  • Direct experience in footwear design, fashion design or any design relevant environment
  • Thorough knowledge of art and design with clear understanding of visual design or any design related environment
  • Six years relevant work experience
  • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree


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Job Title:  Senior Designer Footwear Colour & Materials - Training (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Design
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  510883
Date:  Jul 5, 2024