Senior Designer Advanced Concepts- Apparel

Senior Designer, Advanced Concepts- Apparel


Area:                                                   Advance Concepts                                                     

Department:                                       Advanced Concept Design                 

Direct Reporting Line:                       Design Director/Senior Director                               

Indirect/secondary reporting line:   n/a                              

Subsidiary/country:                            United States                         

Location:                                             PDX                            

GSMS Grade:                                                M3                       

Number of Personnel Managed:       n/a                  

Cost Center/Budget and/or Revenue Responsibility:           n/a



Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

To create industry leading creative solutions and concepts for the adidas brand as part of an international design team in cooperation with design leadership, marketing and development.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Conceptualize and design ranges for advanced concept design.
  • Maintain design consistency throughout the product line from the direction outlined by Design Director.
  • Help to create the overall category design & creative direction strategy.
  • Identify new product opportunities through market research and sales analysis. Drive innovation with strategic vendors.
  • Collaborate with design to identify seasonal market trends in yarns, stitch, construction details and silhouette.
  • Create new product ideas that support company growth and brand initiatives.
  • Manage proto development for new concept designs.
  • Collaborate with counterparts throughout adidas on cross-brand innovation projects.
  • Work closely with Development, Tech Services, and Product Testing to resolve product issues from design packages through commercialization
  • Work with athletes and customers as a professional representative of the brand
  • Work with factories and suppliers
  • Research functional criteria for product and outline area of innovation
  • Create professional level presentations of ideas; from loose sketch to detailed renderings to Powerpoint
  • Maintain communication with superiors, and ensure the message is understood within the team
  • Insure proper compliance of brand identity marks and usage on product



Key Relationships:


  • Design Directors
  • Category Designers
  • Global Creative Directors
  • BU Directors
  • Development
  • Factories



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of functional sportswear apparel product design.
  • Ability to design for new initiatives and create performance apparel with a fresh, innovative perspective.
  • Mac skills using Illustrator, Adobe Professional and Photoshop applications.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with cross-functional teams at all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to influence and collaborate with key business partners.
  • Strong conceptual thinking and ability to drive concepts.
  • Knowledge of design and material trends, specifically sporting goods industry trends.
  • Ability to create designs that meet sports category needs and commercial opportunities.
  • Ability to effectively present design ideas and concepts.
  • Ability to operate in a fast paced, ever changing work environment
  • Ability to lead projects and meet key deadlines.



Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university in Fashion design and four years related experience and /or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 8 years practical experience in Performance Apparel design
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)

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Job Title:  Senior Designer Advanced Concepts- Apparel

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Design
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  284933
Date:  Jan 15, 2021