Design Director, Footwear

KEEN Footwear in Portland, OR USA

Job Description

Job Title: Design Director, Footwear

Date: 8/15/2017

Reports to: GM, Outdoor Lifestyle Kids

Department: Product


Number of Direct Reports: 4+

General Summary:

The number one priority for the Design Director is to create, articulate, and execute the KEEN Design DNA in a way that delivers a premium product consumer experience and supports KEEN's core values. Essential is elevating the consumer experience through superior product craft and pushing the limits of Design.

The Design Director will work closely with the Category Business Directors, VP Merchandising, Product Line Management and Project Management to facilitate the seasonal projects. The Design Director is the creative lead on all the projects in development. Besides driving individual projects the Design Director will be the creative backbone on all the other projects which are in the development process including KEEN Innovation Lab initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Creates the short- and long-term design vision and strategies with a focus on innovation and craft; communicates creative vision and direction to key stakeholders
  • Creates and publishes a design guide which communicates the KEEN Design DNA
  • Develops strong consumer-oriented points of view and leads the design team in executing the vision in seasonal product launches
  • Works closely with the International Development Center to ensure design consistency, improved speed to market & quality
  • Oversees execution of all product details, including construction detail, last, color, form, style, detail, graphic

Posted date: 5 days ago

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