13 Apr 2016

Full-Time Footwear Designer – Athletics – E. S. Originals (Adobe Illustrator)

E. S. Originals – Posted by joballianceNew York, New York, United States

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Job Description

We are seeking an experienced designer for our athletic footwear division. The ideal candidate should have an understanding of the relative market, an eye for identifying volume styles and be able to translate high-level inspiration into relevant designs and price points for mass market retailers. This individual will collaborate with team members and management in identifying trends and designing concepts and products for multiple brands and genders.

• Shop the market throughout the year to identify key trends, materials, treatments and styles
• Begin to conceptualize original yet relevant ideas that offer high volume potential to our customers
• Collaborate with team members and management to determine new opportunities. Must be prepared to present and defend designs and key milestone deliverables to peers and executives
• Effectively communicate shoe design ideas to design director and management through hand-sketches
• Produce refined color rendings (CADs) in Illustrator for internal line reviews and sales presentations
• Convert design renderings to spec sheets for direction of sample development by overseas factories
• Manage time and tasks to hit key deadlines
• Partner with company technician to resolve potential production or functional issues during the sampling process
• Revise and confirm blue prints and 3D models
• Travel to China to collaborate with key sourcing partners and execute samples
• Follow various sales reports to validate the offering and future designs
• Be willing to put in extra hours when needed, to meet key deadlines

• Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator
• Solid experience in the footwear industry, with a preferable background designing for mass retailers
• Ability to interpret current footwear trends into the design of affordable product with mass appeal
• Solid knowledge of most popular athletic footwear categories – walking, running, training, and basketball
• Thorough knowledge of shoe construction, duty, and maneuverability in design to affect pricing
• Commitment to continuously researching both the competitive landscape as well as maintaining thorough knowledge of our customer base
• Capacity to multitask and address various aspects of the business simultaneously
• Thrive in a self-motivating atmosphere, while promoting team collaboration
• Exceptional attention to detail and general focus
• Willingness to travel domestically and internationally

The criteria below is preferred but not required. Ultimately, the candidate will be chosen based on a combination of skill level, assessed ability to execute job responsibilities listed above, and a proven passion for athletic footwear design.
• College graduate with a degree in a design-related field
• At least 3 years of design experience in the footwear industry

How to Apply

Deadline for application: April 29, 2016 Send email, including all forms of available contact information and an online portfolio link. If you do not have an online portfolio, you may send an attachment to the email provided (under 20 MB please). You may also ask any questions not addressed above. Attach resume to email provided: [email protected] Applicants must be US citizens or currently residing and legally authorized to work in the U.S.

Job Categories: Footwear Design. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: adobe illustrator.

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