Designer Footwear Job Description

Designer Footwear Job Description

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Designer footwear provides input and drive the up-front industrial design efforts, aesthetic direction, colors & finishes and functional solutions for all products within the designated product categories.

Designer Footwear Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Collaborate with concept designers to initiate concepts through tear sheets, swatches, antiques, contemporary protos, sketches
Follow up and maintain updates on product changes, throughout each season
Proactive participation in meetings
Ensures that product is consistent with market trends business strategy
Be responsible for timeline adherence
Travel to Asia with developmental partners to execute designs
5 or more years of experience in footwear design
Experience in Sport and Casual footwear preferred
Bachelor's degree in Design or Design related field preferred
Ability to sketch both technical drawings and freeform sketches and renderings

Designer Footwear Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Education for Designer Footwear

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the designer footwear job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Collage Degree in Design, Industrial Design, Education, Fashion Design, Industrial, Fashion, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Automotive

Skills for Designer Footwear

Desired skills for designer footwear include:

Industrial design
Fashion product and fashion design/industrial product
Product development
Commercial channel beneficial
Lifestyle and sport culture
Product cycles
Shoe building from design sketch phase to manufacturing
Material and trims
Aesthetic form and the ability to design for different consumers and end uses
Color mixing

Desired experience for designer footwear includes:

Able to work effectively within a cross-functional team consisting of Marketing, Development, Engineering, Production other Design teams, for maximum productivity
Proficient with computer design software
Minimal travel required (approx
One (1) years of experience in design
College degree with course work in art, graphic design, textiles, or related experience
Minimal travel required, domestic and international (approx

Designer Footwear Examples


Designer Footwear Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of designer footwear. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for designer footwear
  • Innovate in finishing level of designs, driving 'firsts' in areas of colour, material application and usage, construction, branding
  • Research - Work within the parameters of the product briefs to support the category goals and objectives
  • Technical Package Development - In conjunction with a product developer, prepares the approved design into a package of two and/or three-dimensional information which adequately describes and utilizes current and feasible manufacturing and assembly techniques
  • Implement the seasonal Direction of the Category according to market trends overall Design Direction and ensure consistency though products and ranges
  • Identify new or innovative concepts, materials, manufacturing processes, and suggest ways in which they could improve the overall process and positively impact the team
  • Collaborate with design team from concept to final product
  • Daily communication with overseas factories and agents
  • Work with sample rooms and agents on prototype corrections
  • Create and maintain detailed spec sheets
  • Travel internationally and domestically as needed
Qualifications for designer footwear
  • Must have a working knowledge of footwear construction, lasts, heels, constructions and how shoes are made
  • Must have the ability and experience to hand sketch footwear, , have expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Additional computer design software knowledge a plus
  • Willing and able to work additional hours when needed - Bend, lift, open and move product and related office items varying in weight from 1 to 25lbs, depending on need
  • At least 2-4+ years design experience in the junior footwear market
  • Intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

Designer Footwear Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of designer footwear. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for designer footwear
  • Assist in designing a consumer and retail-centric seasonal product line
  • Innovate new footwear technologies and disruptive aesthetics
  • Support and contribute to strategic brand and technology direction through product design
  • Travel to domestic and international markets to continuously develop industry, consumer and retail knowledge
  • Travel to Asia to manage the footwear development process with our factory partners
  • Execute and implement the seasonal Direction of the Category according to market trends overall Design Direction and ensure consistency though graphics
  • Ensure proper handover of graphic artworks to development
  • Must be available for work travel
  • Assist the Senior Designer in sketching & developing to the product category he / she is assigned to
  • Organize and update Design sketch & trend boards for use and reference at all times
Qualifications for designer footwear
  • Detail oriented and highly motivated team player
  • A willingness to teach junior designers
  • A positive, creative attitude
  • Some experience in PLM systems preferred
  • Assist in the team approval phase (this includes multiple rounds of design/fabric/trim revisions, team board revisions until final approval is reached)
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in graphic design for product preferably within the athletic, fashion or footwear space

Designer Footwear Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of designer footwear. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for designer footwear
  • Reacting to sales information and designing commercially relevant fashion forward ranges
  • Design in performance categories at an expert level both aesthetically and technically
  • Build a consumer and retail-centric seasonal product line
  • Mentor and inspire less experienced designers on the team
  • Provide support for Design Director with regard to design and development of the footwear line
  • Work closely with Designer/Merchandisers to interpret consumer and market needs
  • Submitting and following through with designs throughout prototype and development stages
  • Collaboration with design team and cross functional partners
  • Researching, developing and designing footwear to support the designer on the department
  • Being aware of overriding menswear trends and work with the design team to create the trends for the season
Qualifications for designer footwear
  • Ability to provide hand or computer illustrations, technical sketches and color-ups
  • A great taste level in working with color/print and the selection of silhouettes and textiles
  • Competent presentation skills, selling, negotiations skills preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accessories Design, ideally with a Footwear Concentration
  • Bachelor's Degree in Design (apparel), or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in flat sketching expertise

Designer Footwear Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a designer footwear. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for designer footwear
  • Tracks a design schedule to ensure a timely completion following the predetermined product development calendar
  • Responsible for assisting design lead in creating seasonal concept boards, sketching, presentation set up, detailing of product, communication with merchandising, product development and production colleagues
  • Ensure that the category meets price point, tells a strong merchandising story and meets development timelines
  • Drive the short and long-term design vision and strategies for the Run category
  • Involvement in presenting design concepts
  • Work with PLM team to oversee the creation of category colorways and material-ways assuring consistency and market-relevance
  • Collaborate and deliver Apparel alignment for key strategy seasonal initiatives
  • Guide Materials Innovation partners in building seasonal materials palettes that meet aesthetic requirements and pass all necessary testing standards
  • You will work as part of a small team including footwear and graphic designers within seasonal design themes to create statement, brand-driving products to challenge and create volume product that keeps the lights burning
  • You will help us identify design collaborations identify opportunities to connect apparel and footwear collections through common elements and stories
Qualifications for designer footwear
  • Strong knowledge of formulating color palettes
  • Strong team player ability to work independently
  • Strong command of color and understanding of merchandising/line planning
  • Exceptional sketching skills
  • 3D Modeling knowledge a plus
  • Footwear graphic knowledge / footwear product knowledge (apparel is a plus)

Designer Footwear Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of designer footwear. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for designer footwear
  • Research new technologies, materials and applications to share with the product teams
  • Develop product strategy in conjunction with the Buyer and Merchandiser which can be translated into specific products for a range
  • Working in close partnership with key suppliers
  • Collaborate with the Buyer and Creative Manager on direction for the forthcoming season to build a balanced and cohesive range across footwear
  • Support & guide the freelancer focusing on bags and accessories ranges
  • Keeping up to date with market intelligence, specifically around key competitors and future trends
  • Creation of new and exciting ranges that innovate in terms of product opportunity and the identification of new and developing trends
  • Briefing and liaison with suppliers on new development and designs
  • Working with QA and buying on updating fit and pushing innovation in fabric and silhouette
  • Modernisation and design of product ranges in line with key competitors, driving improved net sales performance and gains in market share
Qualifications for designer footwear
  • International or domestic travel may be required
  • Knowledge of footwear construction methods, manufacturing processes, molding, sewing, printing
  • Computer skills, specifically Adobe Creative Suite & MS Office Strong organizational and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and apply creative problem solving
  • Ability to work within a cross-functional team that supports
  • Project Management and Development

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