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Senior Designer - Apparel

Portland, OR

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Works closely with the Product Creation Team to design products for assigned product category(s) on a worldwide basis. Specific focus on Asia Pacific markets, China and Korea. Initiates new innovative product concepts to meet the needs of our customers and recommends and manages design modifications on carryover products resulting in sales and growth for the company.
Extremely collaborative – Columbia’s commercial designers are required to work very collaboratively with all cross functional partners in the product creation sphere.
Must specialize in collaborating with other team members, and be thorough in communication via email, WebEx, phone calls, etc. Includes lots of communication with partners overseas.
Must have strong presentation skills, and negotiate well with many different personality types. Able to build compelling and influential visuals to sell ideas and create understanding of product intent.
Continuously provides innovative, best in class product design solutions to the entire product creation team for review and potential implementation. Maintains goal of continuous product innovation and improvement.
Works collaboratively across the product creation team to define and develop new processes that enhance team efficiency in the commercialization process of innovative and inline products.
Actively develops and grows knowledge of all garment construction techniques including the latest industry developments.
Works collaboratively across an assigned product division and promotes a cohesive work environment with other product divisions by sharing best practices and brand strategies.
May be assigned to develop and lead the creative vision for a specified product category based on corporate direction and initiatives.
Lead by example in promoting a professional and positive team environment. Provides mentoring to less experienced designers and works to encourage a spirit of mentoring at all levels in the product division.
Uses market research, industry experience, knowledge of the Columbia consumer, and brand positioning to provide a honed product feedback filter across the product division, and help ensure the needs of the Asia Pacific consumers are being met.
Travels for consumer/product research as approved by Design Director. Provides design/concept boards to communicate design, provides input on appropriate color direction. Presents trip reports which contain visuals and written summaries of current trends pertinent to our industry.
Lead by example in the effective utilization of the product creation team’s resources, and works as a team member to ensure all timelines are met.
Presents and participates in seasonal design reviews and other meetings as needed.
Presents category products and design/merchandising information during key meetings and line presentations.
Works closely with merchandising and Design Director in the evolution of the line plan and actively works to promote the seasonal product vision and brand positioning across the product division.
Collaborates with Product Development to create and develop products that meet the merchandising product brief, brand vision and target cost.
Coordinates with trims developer to propose trims where needed. Participates in the prototype process for assigned category(s). Includes initiating sample requests by working closely with the Product Engineer (s), reviewing samples and directing revisions as needed throughout the development cycle.
Works closely with Materials Research to define new materials to research and source.
Actively develops knowledge of all aspects of material technology and trend, and pursues continuous improvement.
Works closely with Sourcing to create styles that hit target costs. Emphasize cost effective garment constructions while maintaining desired product attributes and performance.
Requires a Bachelor’s degree specializing in apparel design, fabric arts, or related field. Associates degree with 2-3 additional years related work experience acceptable in lieu of bachelor’s degree.
A minimum of 8 years commercial product design experience with progressive responsibility for category creativity, development, and design. Experience with outdoor industry and apparel category highly preferred. Experience designing for Chinese or Korean brands highly preferred.
Ability to work in a demanding, fast paced environment with a high level of adaptability.
Mental ability to conduct complex interpersonal interactions with employees and customers, troubleshoot, design, coordinate and perform special task/projects simultaneously, make decisions, operate independently and with discretion, and work effectively under pressure.
Bilingual English/Mandarin highly preferred
This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.
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