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at lululemon athletica
Location Vancouver, Canada
Date Posted Jul 07, 2017
Category Design
Job Type Full Time


Design, Director

lululemon athletica

Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Language: English

Start Date of Employment (Approx.): As soon as possible

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree

Positions Available: 1

NOC Group: (5243)

Job Location(s)

1818 Cornwall Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1C7 Canada
Job Description

The Design Director at lululemon leads a team of designers in creating world class athletic apparel that is acknowledged as leading in innovation, design, function, fit and quality. Under the mentorship of the VP, Product Innovation you lead a team of designers in creating a line from inception of ideas to production of garments.

You combine active product use experience, market knowledge and trend research to inform your point of view on how to build a seasonal collection of functional, innovative, quality designs. You are a master at enrolling your team of designers and cross functional partners in executing this vision.

You are a leader on the cross functional team collaborating with design operations, product development, fit, merchandising, raw materials development, colour and sourcing ensuring all teams have the most up to date information on each style.
You have razor sharp attention to detail around product/process so that we can build beautiful technical athletic apparel.

Core Accountabilities

• Under the Creative Direction of the EVP of Design and the direct leadership of the VP, Product Innovation, you lead a team of designers in executing the seasonal vision
• Responsible for supporting the Creative Director and VP, Product Innovation in creating the Creative Season Kick Off including but not limited to: building mock ups, fabric boards, selecting tears and building presentations
• Responsible for working with Merchandising to build the seasonal line plan and hold this vision of a cohesive assortment for your team throughout the season
• Research, ideate, sketch and create mood and fabric boards to support in communicating the Creative Director’s vision to your design team and cross functional partners
• Expert ability at draping, understanding patterns and creating 3D forms
• Partner with the in-house workshop to create mock ups and prototypes
• Ability to quickly and accurately communicate design vision through technical and detailed sketches
• Prepare and effectively present design concepts that communicate seasonal direction to design leadership and cross functional partners
• Ability to communicate feedback in fittings so that style changes can be effectively executed and passion for teaching this to others
• Awareness of what’s happening in the athletic and fashion industry – research

Our “must haves”:
• BA, BFA or BS in Design required
• MA preferred
• 7+ years of industry experience in global apparel design
• 5+ years’ experience leading and managing teams and setting creative vision with a global apparel company
• Expert knowledge of garment construction, patterning, textiles, sewing techniques and technology applications.
• Natural ability to oversee and lead the team in the design and development of product, ensuring commercial viability with the Product Developer, Raw Materials Developer, Merchant and Sourcing Manager
• Adhere to strict timelines and calendar dates to deliver exceptional product, on-time
• Proficiency with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Excel, Word, Mac platform
• Past experience communicating with offshore factories

Comprehensive benefits package including extended medical, dental, disability, & RRSP matching and performance based bonus available. We offer a competitive salary based on experience and support in relocation costs for qualified candidates not residing in Vancouver. The employee is eligible for performance based salary increases & bonuses.