Senior FTW Designer - 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. To design and lead projects in design industry leading executions of Footwear and/or Industry through FTW. Focus on being the expert & industry leading specialist in Footwear innovations, opposed to leading a team of direct reports, will be leading the projects/ Design creation process. Maintain and nurture the FTW design direction with the CONCEPT 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:


  • Manages in designing Footwear Design executions for CONCEPT and Priority FTW with input from Design + product creation. This includes but is not limited to:

            Seasonal prep and research stated above

            Creates product design presentations; both physical and digital

  • Be at a global forefront of design trends and innovation as well as their application
  • Steer and drive the DESIGN conceptualization process
  • Creating transparency on creative feedback Items in digital format and turn around request at 100% team ability in speed to deliver on the ask.
  • Creates DESIGN documents to increase ways of working efficiency on projects in the team
  • Ability to communicate Concept Design to Collection Design counterparts, sample room team, and development.
  • Bridge the design transition from CONCEPT TO COLLECTION. Having the understanding of what needs to be shared/translated to set the COLLECTION team up for success.
  • Role model and inspire WOW within design team and BU partners
  • Be a key functional relationship interface with Creative Direction FTW Team,  Advanced Concepts, Brand BU teams, External Consultants and Partners
  • Travel to Asia for FTW development trips




Key Relationships:


  • Yeezy Design Team
  • Yeezy Opensource Partners
  • Makers Lab Staff
  • Design COLOR/ MATERIAL/ 3D
  • Yeezy Sample Room Team
  • Yeezy Product Creation Team



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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
  • An understanding of taking a concept all the way thru creation process into the market.
  • Provide productive critiquing and mentoring creating efficient, creative, and positive working environment
  • Ability to work, communicate, and collaborate with non-Adidas Brand Design Partners to bring new methods of make/ creation to life
  • A detailed understanding of the product creation process
  • A strong knowledge of footwear, fashion feasibilities and other facets of Design (transportation, architecture, apparel, technology, etc)
  • Knowledge of rapid R&D Prototyping process
  • Ability to create by hand and work in MakerLab during creation process.
  • Computer Skills

            •Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop

            •Power Point/Key Note

            •Apple Mac Operating system

  • Ability to quickly pivot direction of concepts based off of feedback from Partner
  • Ability to understand design concepts and think conceptually
  • Ability to design for new initiatives and products with a fresh, innovative perspective
  • Works well in a team environment. This position requires employee to engage with many stakeholders, as well as manage various information and relationships
  • Problem solving attitude & can-do personality. Proven ability to find avenues to success in the face of challenges
  • Ability to influence, negotiate, and collaborate with key business partners
  • Strong communication and presentation skills in front of Key Partners.
  • Ability to work in teams remotely, across multiple satellite locations
  • Encourage/ implement virtual ways of working



Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four-year college or university degree in industrial, graphics, apparel or footwear design
  • Practical 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
  • Three years relevant work experience
  • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree
  • Has experienced knowledge and a higher understanding of product. From color, material, construction, to production.

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Job Title:  Senior FTW Designer - YEEZY

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Los Angeles
TEAM:  Design
State:  CA
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  325576
Date:  Apr 27, 2021