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at lululemon athletica
Location Vancouver, Canada
Date Posted Sep 18, 2018
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: 2
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 of Design you lead a team of designers in creating a line from inception of ideas to production of garments. You are responsible for your team’s execution of the Creative Direction.

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.

Core Accountabilities:
• Under the creative direction and leadership of the EVP/SVP of Design you lead a team of designers and support function roles in executing the seasonal vision
• Responsible to support 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
• Give clear, consistent and inspiring direction on silhouette, fabric, trim, technology and trend so your designers are able to create freely into the seasonal vision
• Research, ideate, sketch and create mood and fabric boards to support in communicating the creative direction and vision to your design team and cross functional partners
• Ability to apply, perform and manage design skills such as drawing/sketching, concept ideation, texture and scale
• 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
• Collaborate with Product Development, Raw Materials and Whitespace teams on the testing of products and fabrics by athletes and ensure results are incorporated into design concepts
• Responsible for performance evaluations, hiring and consistent coaching of your design team

Our “must haves”:
• BA, BFA or BS in Design required (or equivalent)
• 7 years’ + experience with a global athletic apparel or fashion brand
• 5 years’ + experience managing a team in the design and development of product, ensuring commercial viability with the Product Developer, Raw Materials Developer, Merchant and Sourcing Manager
• Expert knowledge of garment construction, patterning, textiles, sewing techniques and technology applications.
• Experience managing/forecasting budgets for division
• 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