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Innovation Designer

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The nature of the work is focused on the appearance of product, communications, or collateral materials. Concept and Technology Creation -
⁃ Develop innovative, problem-solving concepts that address specific project areas as identified by research conducted with Kitchen or AIT counterparts.
⁃ Identify multiple innovation solutions to problems and recommend final design direction for project based on collaboration with Sports Marketing and in-line teammates.
⁃ Work within time constraints as identified by project timelines.
⁃ Product Design - Execute final product design for identified innovation projects, collaborating with Kitchen/AIT management, pattern engineers, and in-line counterparts as appropriate. Respond to product feedback from athlete and consumer testing with appropriate corrections. Work within time constraints as identified by project timeline.
⁃ Opportunity Identification and Research -
⁃ Together with innovation manager, collaborate with in-line design team, commercial and business Opportunity Identification and Research -
⁃ Together with innovation manager, collaborate with in-line design team, commercial and business people, sports marketing and athletes/consumers to identify relevant unmet consumer and athlete needs.
⁃ Survey innovation roadmap, pipeline of new innovations, and existing innovation assets to identify opportunities to bring innovation to the field of play.
⁃ Translate opportunities and unmet needs into potential projects. Become an expert in assigned category.

Communication -
⁃ Create presentation materials that effectively communicate opportunity, concept, and designed product for internal and external audiences; participate in cross-group presentations.
⁃ Collaboration and Relationship-Building -
⁃ Collaborate with global and geography team members in Design, Development, Sports Marketing, and Merchandising to ensure feasibility of designs, meeting price point marketing needs, merchandising needs, and product creation timelines.

Technology Awareness and Education -
⁃ Maintain knowledge of innovative trends in technology, materials, and sports-related products through travel and research. Translate learnings into product solutions or new project suggestions.
⁃ Ability to conduct fit sessions and offer causes/solutions to Designer's fit concerns
⁃ Strong knowledge of flat patterns and ability to apply necessary corrections to factory's pattern
⁃ Able to clearly communicate necessary improvements to factory (thru verbiage, photos, Illustrations, and pattern corrections)
⁃ Able to critique garment construction and offer details in regards to concerns and necessary improvements (especially in regards to those affecting fit)
⁃ Ability to prioritize workload based on urgency
⁃ Ability to grade, per company provided standards
⁃ Knowledge of Illustrator and Outlook strongly suggested
⁃ Knowledge of Full Circle and Optitex pattern system are a plus, but not required
⁃ At least 7 yrs pattern making experience along with experience working w/overseas factories was also important.

Skills              
⁃ Minimum of 6 years progressively technically sophisticated experience in product design. Ability to manage multiple innovation projects per season. Excellent ability to apply and perform design skills (drawing/sketching, ideation, color theory, texture, visual presentation). Effective use of computer design applications. Strong written and oral communication skills, including ability to make persuasive presentations to senior management. Ability to collaborate effectively across disciplines. Typical Office: This is a typical office job, with no special physical requirements or unusual work environment.

Education          
⁃ Typically requires a Bachelors Degree and minimum of 6 years directly relevant work experience Note: One of the following alternatives may be accepted: PhD or Law + 3 yrs; Masters + 4 yrs; Associates degree + 6 yrs; High School + 7 yrs.        

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