Senior Footwear Designer - YEEZY



Area: YEEZY 

Department:    Design 

Direct Reporting Line: Design Director 

Subsidiary/country: USA 

Location: Los Angeles, CA 

GSMS Grade: M3 

Number of Personnel Managed: 1-3 



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 with experience delivering product to market across multiple categories.   


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 have proven ability to overcome challenges. You have a team first mindset and are skilled in driving communication with cross functional product creation teams. As a leading voice you influence and nurture design direction amongst the team to steer initiatives in key categories, along-side other senior design leaders, design team members and cross functional partners. 


Key Responsibilities:  

  • Lead in the design of YEEZY footwear models that deliver in bringing Ye’s vision to life 

  • Lead direct report(s), to collectively deliver against ask and upskill teams’ ability 

  • Role model and inspire ways of working within design team and cross functional partners. 

  • 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. In addition to fostering an efficient, creative and positive work environment. 

  • Steer and drive functional design executions from conceptualization to commercialization 

  • Build tech-packs to clearly communicate designs, ensuring effective communication between design, development, sample room, and product marketing teams. 

  • Create product design presentations: physical and digital 

  • Visualize and communicate ideas for YE’s creative vision with clarity.  

  • Collaborate and engage with creative teams across the YEEZY and/or the collective adidas organization 

  • Travel internationally and domestically as needed (in allowance with COVID safety regulations) 


Key Relationships:  

  • Yeezy Design Team (3D, Color, Materials, Footwear) 

  • Yeezy Development team 

  • Yeezy Product Testing Team 

  • Yeezy Product Marketing Team 

  • Yeezy Opensource Partners  

  • Yeezy Sample Room Team 

  • Adidas Innovation Team 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

  • Strong analytical skills, solution driven, and results oriented 

  • Ability to think conceptually to understand design concepts and bring innovative perspectives  

  • Ability to showcase adaptability and agility in response to quick shifts in BU directional changes  

  • Proven ability to find avenues to success in the face of challenges 

  • High level of organization and detailed problem-solving skills 

  • 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 

  • Leadership philosophy grounded in team first, team trust, transparency, humility, and resilience 

  • Highly knowledgeable in all aspects of footwear design and construction 

  • Experience designing functional footwear for multiple footwear categories inclusive of but not limited to lifestyle, various performance categories, and innovation.  

  • Extensive experience working with manufacturing/production partners to deliver market ready product 

  • Strong understanding of the product creation process from conceptualization to commercialization 

  • Strong working knowledge in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop 

  • Highly skilled in quick visually communicating though analogue and digital sketching tools  

  • Familiarity and/or experience with 3D Design software programs are a plus, not required  

  • High level of urgency, initiative & maturity 

  • Fluent in English (spoken and written) 


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Four-year college or university degree in a relevant design subject or equivalent combination of education and experience 

  • 6+ years of practical experience in design environment  

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 - YEEZY

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Los Angeles
TEAM:  Design
State:  CA
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  477332
Date:  Oct 2, 2022