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at Native Shoes (view profile)
Location Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date Posted Aug 09, 2018
Category Design
Job Type Full Time


Director of Product Design & Development
Permanent Full-Time
5 West 6th Ave., Vancouver, BC, Canada

Why Native?

Our Brand Promise. Native Shoes exists to create happiness and enliten lives, one Beast Free step at a time.

Our Values.

Design: We consider aesthetics and functionality in all we do.

Possibility: We explore and achieve higher dreams by leaving constraints at the door.

Integrity: We do what we say we do.

Accountability: We take personal responsibility for our actions.

Love: Leading with kindness, we love those around us enough to have truthful conversations.

Lite: Above all else, we Keep It Lite.

Native Shoes strives to embody each of these words in all aspects of our brand. We engage in a fast paced, ever-evolving working environment with plenty of room for innovative thinking — encouraging honesty and challenge in a comfortable workplace. If any of the above words resonate with you, this is the place to be.

Who is Native looking for?

Experienced working at both the strategic and operational level, you possess a collaborative leadership style and are ready to roll your sleeves up to get the job done. Under the mentorship of the Creative Director, you lead a team of designers in creating a line from conception to reality. You combine your wealth of experience in product user experience, market knowledge and trend research to inform your point of view on how to build a seasonal collection of functional, innovative, quality designs. Passionate about people, you are a master at championing your team and other cross-functional partners to execute on this vision.

Why should I apply?

Joining Native Shoes as the Director of Product Design & Development will be a career-defining opportunity in a high-growth business that cares not only about what we’re doing but how we’re doing it. Here, you will be guiding the team to create a legacy admired for innovation, design, function, fit and quality.

What would I be responsible for?

Design & Development

-Under the direction and leadership of the Creative Director, you lead a team of design and development in executing the seasonal vision in addition to the continued evolution of core product
-Responsible for Creative Season Kick Off including but not limited to: building mockups, fabric boards, selecting tears and building presentations
-Partnering closely 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
-Expert ability at pattern drawing, understanding patterns and creating 3D forms
-Partner with our sample production factories to create mockups 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
-Responsible for the clear communication of product information so accurate technical sketches, colour legends, prototypes can be created
-Ability to communicate feedback in fittings so that style changes can be effectively executed and passion for teaching this to others
-Responsible for ensuring all styles deliver our standards of quality, beauty and function to our customer.
-Awareness of what’s happening in the athletic, streetwear and fashion industries.
-Awareness of how the line is currently performing in stores - work in the stores, lead design meetings, partner with other departments and action feedback for continual innovation of product
-Responsible for understanding the impact of your decisions on timelines and margins and for coaching other designers on the team
-Ability to travel to offshore factories and on inspiration trips as needed
-Ensure product is fully Commercial and ready for bulk production without risk of issues.

Management & Leadership
-Lead the team to execute product according to seasonal timelines; anticipate and prevent issues for the team to keep the pathway clear.
-Responsible for performance evaluations, hiring and consistent coaching of your design team
-Manage KPIs and hold accountability across the team to meet deadlines.

Required Experience

-Bachelor's degree in footwear design and development or other relevant degree
-10+ years of industry experience in product development and fit, with a focus in footwear
-5+ years of experience as a Manager, leading through change management
-Proven experience managing and forecasting budgets for division
-Past experience communicating with offshore factories, particularly in Asia
-Strong technical knowledge of footwear performance, fit, raw materials & construction
-Expert knowledge of all aspects of footwear design and product development process
In-depth knowledge of footwear construction methods, pattern making, fit and lasts, including last development
-Working knowledge of mold processes; from design through development
-Proven design expertise, including flat sketching
-Strong team player, knowledge of cross-functional team accountabilities and requirements preferred, including design, materials, sourcing, merchandising and quality assurance
-Strong computer skills (Excel, Adobe Illustrator, PLM software, Microsoft office applications and Outlook)
-Knowledge of product creation calendar timeline and able to work against deadlines
Experience and willingness to travel internationally up to 10% of the time

Benefits: Bonus, Disability benefits, Medical benefits, Dental benefits, Group insurance benefits, Life insurance benefits, Vision care benefits, Other benefits (Employer covers the relocation costs)

Compensation: $130,000 - $160,000 depending on experience