Senior Apparel Design Manager, Golf (Asia Pacific)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


Leads and manages the Asia Pacific Golf Apparel and Accessories design team.  Works with individual designers to constantly improve design skills and pushes creativity.  Mentors the design team and help guide them to grow in their career.  Works with the Design Director and Creative Director to create and set the category direction that not only meets the different global market and consumers needs but will challenge and shape the industry.  Takes ownership of the process from the beginning to the end and works with Marketing and Development to create a range that will support the Brand Direction, market, and consumer needs growing the business to meet the company’s business targets.  This position will be the Design lead and voice for the Apparel and Accessories category. 


Key Responsibilities:


  • Steer and coach the apparel and accessories design team and their creative processes, driving development of direct reports and inspiring and motivating the team to pursue cutting edge ideas that are innovative and original in the golf market.
  • Create Design Direction for Men’s and Women’s performance, adicross, and market specific categories, which includes fabric, color and inspirational imagery and overall look and feel that meets the requirements of the global product brief and is inline with the design strategy.
  • Study and interpret market conditions and trends from a design perspective as related to golf and share with design team, marketing team and development team in a dynamic way.
  • Point person for apparel category, able to make decisions for the category based on the global design strategy, business needs and overall brand.
  • Work closely with Creative Director and global design team to help shape the category look and feel.
  • Maintain close relationships with cross-functional teams and departments to create a streamline process.
  • Collect relevant trend reports, style analysis and innovative design concepts that will inspire the direction of the golf apparel range in a new way.
  • Work with outside vendors, material suppliers, color services and alternative tools to successfully gather what is needed to bring products to life.
  • Initiate store checks, market visits and competitor analysis that are relevant to the category.
  • Present category direction to Design team and external teams in a confident energetic way that displays the design language, color, material, graphics and style.
  • Hand off designs to development. Must submit all relevant information in design package for the development process.
  • Study athletes' voice to gain product insights and help make sure our products perform at the necessary level for our athletes.
  • Clear understanding of the different regional golf apparel needs.
  • Be the leader of the category, not only for design, but for marketing and development.
  • Communicate with clarity and knowledge to all necessary teams within a strict timeframe.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Key Relationships:


  • Global Design team, Development, Product Marketing, Regional market


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Profound knowledge of fashion product and fashion design/industrial product or industrial design.
  • Innovative and collaborative leader and coach.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills.
  • An understanding of the golf industry and/or an interest in the sport of golf.
  • Must be fully proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Graphic design, textile print and 3D design experience is a plus.
  • Strong understanding of technology, innovation and performance function.
  • Textile print/ graphic experience a plus.

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • Fashion Design and/or Industrial Design degree and relevant work experience in the branded performance industry.
  • An in-depth knowledge of apparel with a strong understanding of color theory, materials and construction with 10-15 years of direct related experience.
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience managing and leading a team of designers, including remote teams.
  • At least 7 years of working directly with Global markets
  • Fluency in Japanese

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:  Senior Apparel Design Manager, Golf (Asia Pacific)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Carlsbad
TEAM:  Design
State:  CA
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  278008
Date:  Nov 19, 2020