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COLOR DESIGNER- SR LEVEL

Location:
Beaverton, OR - Remote/hybrid on-site based currently
Job Terms:
Temporary
Start date:
05/02/2022
Posted By:
Tamira Imondi
Date:
05/12/2022

Job Description:

Senior Apparel Color Designer, Women’s
Full description

WHAT YOU BRING

+ Minimum 8 years' technically challenging color design experience

+ Understanding of color trends, color mixing, color compatibility, and color placement

+ Knowledge of product design and development process

+ Familiarity with product manufacturing processes including: materials/fabrics; trims; dye techniques

+ Strong verbal, written, visual, and high-profile communication skills in local market language, including meeting facilitation and presentations

+ Ability to understand challenges or underlying concerns, share ideas and develop effective responses or elevate to higher management

+ Ability to work independently and harmoniously in a diverse group

+ Ability to network, influence and utilize internal and external resources

+ Ability to articulate how color can affect product and sales

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We’re looking for a Senior Color Designer, to work with the Color Design Director to plan and execute color designs, strategize use of palettes across a range of product, and manage a small team of designers. Working collaboratively with Design, Product Marketing, Merchandising, and Development, you will create focused solutions for success.

Utilizing a strong knowledge of Nike Sports & Culture, you will strategize around product positioning, and strive to create meaningful product. A broad understanding of consumer needs, competitor products, consumer retail habits, color, and market trends is important, as you apply these insights into color solutions.

We are looking for a hardworking Color Designer, who has a deep passion for and connection to sport. Who has the ability to comfortably navigate ambiguity and define new spaces of a growing business. Someone who is flexible and can adapt to changing priorities. You will bring strong color and apparel industry insights, and have experience building stories that connect with the consumer and culture.

WHAT YOU WILL WORK ON

As our Senior Designer, you will develop color palettes to link into seasonal narratives, build strong presentation tools, and color line art to detail the creation of each product. Additionally, you will lead and train more junior designers, while demonstrating a sophisticated knowledge and practice of all phases of product execution. Soft skills are important here, as you effectively connect with the team.

You will research and deliver color, design, and directional work that influence and impact the product aesthetic, application, and target audience. You'll use sophisticated design skills to build original, innovative color solutions for the Women’s Lifestyle product range.

WHO YOU WILL WORK WITH

The first point of contact that you will collaborate with is the Design Triad, consisting of Apparel Design, Color, Graphics, and Print. Layering in Product Marketing, Merchandising, Color/Material/Trim Development, as well as Tech Development.

Color Design Execution – Plans and executes color designs. Collaborates with design, product marketing, development and material consultants to focus color solutions for market success. Reviews all samples to achieve marketable solution review with design, marketing and development. Clearly communicates all changes for final confirmation. Displays advanced knowledge and practices in all phases of product execution – shares knowledge with others. Maintains color calendar/timelines/deadlines for category/division resulting in the timely completion of each product. Develops line art, color design server, GPIN, merchandising line, cutting samples & working with material consultant to coordinate materials for products. Finalizes product details and proactively follows through on execution of color on each product. Color Solutions – Creates innovative, retailable color solutions for category or gender-specific line. Researches and delivers color, design, market and lifestyle trends that influence and impact the product category process from product briefing to product concept to samples. Explores options and proposes with Color Design Managers and/or senior Color Designers a seasonal color strategy for products, line segments and initiatives. Creates seasonal category-specific direction of color, materials and graphics. In partnership with the Category and Design Director, creates and leads color merchandising strategies and stories seasonally. Consumer Research – Knows the consumer. Displays in-depth understanding of consumer, brand-positioning needs as it relates to category/division. Utilizes knowledge of category/division consumer & their culture to improve product performance & appearance. Demonstrates strong knowledge about competitor products, consumer retail habits, color, and market trends. Applies insights from consumer perspective into color solutions. Presentations & Communication – Presents and communicates category- specific color direction and color merchandising direction of the seasonal line to appropriate groups. Works with design/category to produce presentation materials that effectively communicate color direction related to the consumer, product concepts and creative strategy to internal audiences. Participates and delivers bi-annual category/divisional specific color needs for incorporation into footwear color committee preparation. Skill Development – Develops excellence as a color designer. Together with Color Design Manager, advances the value of color to Nike by bringing a high level of functional expertise (i.e. materials, special effects, technology, advanced development, presentation, tools) to the color design organization. Educates and mentors more junior designers in category or color design organization. Undertakes projects and opportunities to enhance knowledge of the business, color, and design.

Skills: Minimum of 5 years progressively technically challenging color design experience. Demonstrated knowledge of Macintosh computers using Photoshop, Free Hand and/or Illustrator. Knowledge of CAD programs, preferably in Mac environment. Understanding of color trends, color mixing, color compatibility, and color placement. Knowledge of product design and development process. Familiarity with product manufacturing processes including: materials/fabrics; plastics; pigments. Strong verbal, written, visual, and high-profile communication skills in local market language, including meeting facilitation and presentations. Ability to understand challenges or underlying concerns, share ideas, and develop effective responses or elevate to higher management. Ability to work independently and cooperatively in a diverse group. Ability to network, influence, and utilize internal and external resources. Ability to articulate how color can affect product and sales. Typical Office: This is a typical office job, with no special physical requirements or unusual work environment.

Client Description:

This client, named for the Greek goddess of victory, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories.