Senior Footwear Designer - Innovation/Function




Area:                                                                                       YEEZY

Department:                                                                           Design-CNCPT

Report:                                                                                    Design Director

Direct Reporting Line:           Design DirectInd                          Direct/secondary reporting line:                                        ….

Subsidiary/country:                                                               USA

Location:                                                                                LA

GSMS Grade:                                                                                        M3

Number of Personnel Managed:                                           ….

Cost Center/Budget and/or Revenue Responsibility:          ….





As a Senior Footwear Designer, you will work with the adidas YEEZY footwear creation team to design products that are aligned with YE’s creative vision.  In this role you will be tasked with delivering industry leading innovations that bring a new level of function to YEEZY footwear.  You are a footwear expert geared towards creating product with a high level of function/performance.  You will bring an obsession for all things design with an attention to the details that build cohesive product experiences.  You revel in change and are resilient to overcome obstacles. You have a team first mindset and are skilled in communicating with cross functional product creation teams. With an ability to nurture design direction and influence the design team to steer initiatives across key categories, in line with direction of Senior Design Leader(s) and YE.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Lead in the design of footwear for the YEEZY CNCPT team with input from design and product creation teams.
  • Be at the global forefront of design innovations as well as their application.
  • Steer and drive conceptualization of function driven design ideas and development process.
  • Share knowledge/learnings with design team to drive more functional product across concepts
  • Build tech-packs to clearly communicate designs, ensuring effective communication between design, development, sample room, and project management teams.
  • Ensure transparency on creative feedback by communicating both verbally and by digital tools to keep team aligned on ask to deliver on time and in full.
  • Shepard designs from CNCPT to CLLCTN/market launch. Share all information needed to transition projects and set the team up for success.
  • Role model and inspire ways of working within design team and cross functional partners.
  • Visualize and communicate ideas for YE’s creative vision with clarity.




Key Relationships:


  • Yeezy Design Team
  • Yeezy Development team
  • Yeezy Product Testing Team
  • Yeezy Project Management Team
  • Yeezy Opensource Partners
  • Yeezy Sample Room Team
  • Adidas Innovation Team


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Strong analytical skills, solution driven, and results oriented
  • Leadership philosophy grounded in team trust, transparency, humility, and resilience
  • Proven ability to find avenues to success in the face of challenges
  • Ability to lead teams through complex and ambiguous projects while maintaining positivity, productivity, and speed
  • Ability to influence, negotiate, and collaborate with design and cross functional partners
  • Ability to quickly pivot direction of concepts based off feedback from YE/partners
  • Ability to think conceptually to understand design concepts and bring innovative perspectives
  • Highly knowledgeable in all aspects of footwear design and construction
  • Highly skilled in use of Adobe Illustrator to create design documents/tech-packs
  • Highly skilled in quick visually communicating though analogue/digital sketching tools (3D tools not required but are a plus)
  • Experience designing functional footwear for sport performance/innovation categories
  • Experience working with production partners to deliver market ready product
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (in allowance with COVID safety regulations)

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 Footwear Designer - Innovation/Function

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Los Angeles
TEAM:  Design
State:  CA
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  446696
Date:  Jul 20, 2022