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Adidas America Senior Director, Apparel Design - Reebok in Boston, Massachusetts

Senior Director, Apparel Design - Reebok

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization

The Sr. Director manages their team of apparel designers to create compelling stories and designs that embody the brand direction and also allow for commercial success. This role will be responsible for leading a diverse team and embody design leadership, promote and encourage design thinking and creative excellence. They also partner with Product Marketing to ensure that the line meets the overall business needs and with Development to ensure successful manufacturing of the product. The ideal candidate will embody not only creative talent but a full understanding of the business.

Key Accountabilities

  • Be an expert in the functional area and share that expertise and guidance to deliver high quality product; This includes not only design, storytelling and creative concepts, but also designing to cost, construction, manufacturing techniques and infusing technology into performance product / fashion into sports-based lifestyle product.

  • Manage designers in their daily work and ensure they meet deadlines and deliverables.

  • Resolve issues with the team relating to design, staff performance or cross-functional problems and escalate them to the Senior Management as needed.

  • Successfully partner with all other areas within Design to ensure that the story, message and overall deliverables are in alignment with the entire department’s goals.

  • Partner with cross-functional groups to ensure that the line is successful – meeting the brand aesthetic set by the Creative Director and meeting the needs of the business.

  • Write and deliver goals and performance reviews to direct reports and ensure the teams meet deadlines around Performance Management activities.

  • Manage, mentor and coach both within the team and with other teams to ensure the success of all designers in the department and to actively manage the career progression of those on the Director’s individual team; manage expectations, communicate effectively, motivate and develop with creative ways to make the Design Department a desirable environment in which to work.

  • Understand market needs and ensure that the team is savvy in trends, market requirements, competitors and overall needs of the Reebok brand.

  • Design direct and ensure the team is prepared to deliver high quality designs for milestone meetings.

  • Identify problems and develop solutions or innovative approaches to the design and development of apparel.

  • Identify new or innovative concepts, materials, manufacturing process, etc. and suggest ways in which they could improve the overall process and positively impact the team.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong communication, organizational and presentation skills; ability to give and receive design critique and respond with multiple solutions.

  • Provide strong leadership through coaching, teaching and mentorship to the creative team.

  • Ability to illustrate designs & concepts as hand sketches and line art and mentor the team to provide these at a high quality.

  • Ability to present designs, concepts and seasonal stories to all levels of the organization and across various departments.

  • Expertise in all areas related to design including costing, margins, construction, manufacturing, development, etc.

  • Strong team player with peers and Senior Management, and strong leader to direct reports and those within the team.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities with very short timeframes and under high pressure; Strong time management skills that are passed down to reports for their professional growth.

  • Ability to identify talent and create career paths and succession planning for all members of the team.

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • 15+ years of design experience and managing teams of designers.

  • Ability to work well in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign (as appropriate for the functional area).

  • Knowledge of all aspects of product from market positioning through manufacturing.

  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills.

  • Strong Presentation and Storytelling skills and experience in mentoring teams in this area.

  • Bachelor’s degree in fashion or apparel design.

  • Prior management experience in leading teams of designers.

At adidas we have a winning culture. But to win, physical power is not enough. Just like athletes our employees need mental strength in their game. We foster the athlete‘s mindset through a set of behaviors that we want to enable and develop in our people and that are at the core of our unique company culture – the 3Cs: CONFIDENCE, COLLABORATION and CREATIVITY.

  • CONFIDENCE allows athletes to make quick decisions on the field, to reach higher. For us at adidas confidence means acknowledging that we don’t have all the answers. But we are willing to take risks, we try new things. And if we fail, then this is part of our learning – it helps us improve.

  • COLLABORATION . Every elite athlete relies on partners: coaches, teammates, and nutritionists. We, too, know that we are stronger together. Winning as one team takes open and candid dialogue, inclusiveness and trust in each other’s abilities and talents.

  • Being the best sports company in the world takes CREATIVITY . No great athlete succeeds by copying their predecessors’ training plans and strategies. We have to be open to new ideas, explore, gain an edge and stand out. Only then can we succeed.

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 Director, Apparel Design - Reebok

Brand: Reebok

Location: Boston

TEAM: Design

State: MA

Country/Region: US

Contract Type: Full time

Number: 312935

Date: Apr 21, 2021