12 Aug 2019

Full-Time Industrial Design Manager

Wilson Sporting Goods – Posted by lizdom84Anywhere

Industrial Design Manager Position at Wilson Sporting Goods

Job Description

Passion. Creativity. Integrity. Teamwork. Ambition. Innovation. These are the qualities that have made Wilson Sporting Goods Co. the number one sports equipment brand in the world. And these are the qualities that our global team embodies every day as we pursue one shared bold mission: to ignite the true potential in every athlete.
We know that great people are what makes our brand great. We know that teams who bring a variety of skill sets, experiences, and perspectives to challenge the status quo and create game-changing products means we are doing right by the athletes and coaches we serve. And that’s why we work with each member of our team to help them dream, discover, grow and realize their own full potential.
Evolving the sports world and being the best partner for players is no small task. We are continually looking to add hard-working, ambitious, team-first individuals who desire to make a difference —and who love to help others win. Join us.

What You’ll Do

We are currently seeking an Industrial Design Manager for the Product and R&D Team in our Team Sports organization. As the Industrial Design Manager, you will lead a group of designers and play an integral role in identifying and implementing cutting edge design/technologies into Wilson’s performance and Connected Products that can support the needs of athletes and their evolving personal preferences. This individual will work closely with members of the Team Sport Advanced R&D/Innovation, Product Line Management Teams and Global Marketing Teams to develop a holistic design solution across the entire Team Sports portfolio. This role will work closely with the R&D Director to build a strong industrial design team and is also a hands-on position with a heavy emphasis on design work for the performance Football and Basketball categories. Additional work in Soccer and Volleyball, plus cross-functional collaboration with the Baseball, Racquet, and Golf Teams may also be required. We are looking for a creative and innovative visionary to help inspire and create true objects of desire for all Team Sport product lines.


  • Research and establish a long-term design vision and strategy in sync with the overall Wilson Brand direction.
  • Intense interest in and awareness of everything related to Football and Basketball performance, including but not limited too off-field/court life style, shoe and digital trends.
  • Build critical relationships and leverage expertise and capabilities from inside and outside Wilson to deliver results and create value.
  • Research, identify, initiate or interpret these trends into new product concepts that satisfy end user requirements.
  • Foster and create the visual design language across all Wilson Team Sports hardgoods and Connected Products.
  • Leads, steers and coordinates the design work of all internal and external design resources by providing day to day guidance and through strong influence gain alignment on the vision.
  • Develop and assist direct reports in tech pack creation and communicate product concepts within the company and to US and Asia-based colleagues by:
    • Developing 2D and 3D rendered graphics
    • Creating logos, colorways, finishes, and cosmetic elements to adorn the product
  • Research and create inspiration/trend/color boards for future product line development.
  • Research, analyze and monitor competitive products, industry trends and external consumer product trends to capitalize on market opportunities
  • Ensure execution of product design is aligned to consumer visual identity and fits within our business objectives for the product range
  • Build relationships with external entities (agencies, suppliers, freelancers, etc.) to facilitate the influx of new creative and to help with overflow design needs.

What We’re Looking For:

This role requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, Product Design, or a related field. We are looking for candidates with a minimum of 6 years of experience in industrial design or product/creative design of consumer products or a related area, preferably in sporting goods or consumer goods.

Other Qualifications:

  • Formal Graphic Design training preferred
  • Experience managing projects for recognizable brands and collaborating with teams through delivery is preferred.
  • Experience working across a variety of mediums in the design and production of branding, product, and packaging
  • Demonstrated passion for Team Sports, especially Football and Basketball.
  • Working knowledge of materials, fabrics, and cut/sew operations a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to pitch design ideas, with confidence, to a large group
  • Digital UX/UI experience a plus.
  • Experienced in producing spec packs and technical drawings.
  • Exceptional 2D Skills: hand and computer sketching.
  • Strong hand sketching and rendering skills with the ability to create designs quickly, working in and out of the software, preferred.
  • Ability to synthesize design-inspired consumer insights through connections with athletes.
  • Strong multi-tasking capabilities and the ability to work effectively in a high-paced environment that embraces change and value creation.
  • Strong project management and analytic skills.
  • Hands-on approach and entrepreneurial attitude
  • Highly proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, or similar design software. Knowledge of Keyshot would be a plus.
  • Proficient with 3D CAD (SolidWorks) software including advanced surfacing techniques
  • Knowledge and experience working with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to travel 20% domestically and internationally.
Applicants MUST provide a link to their portfolio when applying. Thank you.

What We’ll Provide:

Located in the vibrant, sports-centric city of Chicago, Wilson Sporting Goods Co. global headquarters sits along the lakefront with first-class access to a burgeoning creative, innovative, energetic and active professional community. We offer an open, collaborative, high tech work environment with best in class amenities and perks, including:
  • Medical, dental and vision
  • Pre-tax transit discounts
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Life insurance
  • Paid maternity/paternity leave
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Volunteering programs
  • Team-building outings
  • Discounts on Wilson and Amer Sports products
  • Smart casual dress (yes, jeans every day!)
  • On-site health club
  • Summer hours
  • Company-sponsored sports leagues/teams
  • Fun, active company outings around major sports events
Wilson Sporting Goods Co. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristics.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: 2D CAD, 3D CAD, Illustrator, Industrial Design, Keyshot, Photoshop, Product Design, and Solidworks. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Industrial Design, industrial design careers, Industrial Design Manager, and wilson sporting goods. Salary: BOE. Job expires in Endless.

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