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Mid Level Color Designer

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The nature of the work is focused on the appearance of product, communications, or collateral materials. Color Design Execution – Executes color designs. Finalizes product details and proactively follows through on execution of color on each product. Actively seeks expert input from color design and category organizations to develop appropriate solutions. Reviews all samples to achieve marketable solution; reviews with design, marketing, and development. Clearly communicates all changes for final confirmation. Responsible for color in the final product result. Maintains color calendar/timelines/deadlines for category. Develops line art, color design server, GPIN, PDM, merchandising line, cutting samples and working with material consultant to coordinate materials for products. Product Planning – Plans product details. Collaborates with design, product marketing and development/material consultant to focus color solutions for market success. Gathers category specific information: Consumer/channels/market. Develops appropriate solutions with regardto quality, cost/value, manufacturability, sustainability, merchandising solutions for market success. Gathers category specific information: Consumer/channels/market. Develops appropriate solutions with regard to quality, cost/value, manufacturability, sustainability, merchandising and aesthetic finish. Color Solutions – Creates and executes innovative, retailable color solutions for category or gender-specific line. Together with Color Design Director, Sr. Color Designer or Color Designer II, creates seasonal category-specific direction of color, materials and graphics that reflect design philosophy, product performance, and appeal to targeted consumers. Comfortably creates category line each season. Understands color, design, market and lifestyle trends that influence and impact category and applies knowledge as appropriate. Consumer Research – Knows the consumer and their culture. Understands consumer and brand positioning needs. Knows and studies 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 as needed. Skill Development – Develops excellence as a color designer. Together with Color Designers and Sr. Designers, advances the value of color to Nike by growing the level of functional expertise (i.e. materials, special effects, technology, advanced development, presentation, and tools). Proactively works with management to advance and build color design skills, experiences, and product & process knowledge.

Skills:
Minimum of 2 years 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. Effective verbal, written, and visual communication skills in local market language, including presentations. Proficient information- seeking skills and drive for results. Ability to share ideas and develop effective responses or elevate to higher management. Ability to work cooperatively with staff. Ability to network and effectively use internal and external resources.

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