• Vice President, Design

    Work Location US-CO-Boulder
    Category
    Design
    Division
    Spyder
  • Specific Responsibilities

    DESCRIPTION

    The VP of Design oversees all facets of the seasonal technical apparel design strategy and development process, from concept to delivery, by managing a cross functional team of designers to create original, trend-appropriate design concepts that meet market needs and drive sales; partnering with production to ensure on-budget, on-time delivery of quality goods; collaborating with sales to create and execute an appropriate merchandise plan; and managing and motivating teams.

     

    ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

    Strategy & Innovation

    • Shop for and source samples and inspiration; perform research to isolate key, relevant trends for each category or brand, where appropriate and new fabrications to be adapted for each merchandise category; review and provide perspective on competitive analysis, fabric and concept boards, mock-ups, color-ups and inspirational photos for presentations
    • Oversee and review development of initial seasonal design concepts in context of larger assortment and cost structure; review and provide perspective on style plans; coordinate among design teams to ensure brand cohesiveness, where appropriate, across categories

     

    Operations & Results

    • Supervise creation of Illustrator sketches; approve specification sheets and line sheets; review product development logs, line sheets and boards for consistency; approve raw materials and trims
    • Sign off on lab dips and ensure consistency with color standards and licensor directives, where appropriate; approve prints and graphics where appropriate; oversee fit process
    • Oversee fit sessions; identify and resolve quality and technical issues

     

    Customers & Relationships

    • Maintain relationships with collaborators and competitors; attend trade shows and industry events
    • Oversee creation of style plans and design to meet sales needs and emerging trends; partner with merchandising and sales to identify new product opportunities; ensure execution to time-and-action calendar; coordinate among design teams to ensure brand cohesiveness, where appropriate, across categories
    • Collaborate with sales to merchandise and style showroom; present line to senior management and key accounts and buyers; partner with sales and brand management, where applicable, on collateral for in-store marketing needs
    • Direct communication and follow-up with internal and external customers and partners, including suppliers, vendors and licensors, where applicable; maintain relationships with existing partners in production and tech to source new suppliers and vendors
    • Manage communication with manufacturers and suppliers around the world

     

    Leadership & Teams

    • Lead, train and motivate team of full-time, part-time and freelance designers; strategize staffing needs across categories and brands, where appropriate
    • Contribute positively to team dynamic and manage up where necessary
    • Attract, develop and retain talent; create appropriate succession plans
    • Monitor and evaluate performance of individuals and team(s)

     

    Skills and Requirements

     

    • Superior organizational skills and excellent communication skills; team oriented
    • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines; highly detail oriented, meticulous and creative
    • Creativity, technical capability and sensibility for merchandising; strong ability to sketch
    • Extensive knowledge of garment construction, pattern making, silhouettes, color ways, sewing techniques, fabrication and trim; familiarity with print design and manufacturing
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design or related field
    • 10 - 12 years of experience in technical performance apparel design; significant relevant experience in category of ski/snow sports. Beneficial to also have Lifestyle product extension experience.
    • Specific experience with Gore-Tex and performance technical fabric is preferred.
    • Experience with design across all genders/categories (men’s, women’s, kids and accessories)
    • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe products, CAD and Mac computers

    Preferred Qualification:

    • Passionate skier able to apply personal knowledge and experience to the product

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