Senior Designer Color and Materials - Basketball



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


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




  • 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
  • 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




  • 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

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 Designer Color and Materials - Basketball

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Los Angeles
TEAM:  Design
State:  CA
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  309649
Date:  Apr 9, 2021