Thought I would post this here:
Location: US â€“ North Andover, Massachusetts
Job Level: Senior Staff
Job Functions: Design
Everyone needs shoes.
It’s pretty fundamental: You’ve got to wear shoes-at least in public places like on buses, in restaurants and at work. Mostly you wear them because you have to, or because you like to, or just because it’s a downright smart idea to do so.
And that’s good for you, and for us, as it translates into a little thing called job security.
Responsible for managing four or more designers and/or professional employees who perform related and/or diverse tasks within the Converse Sport Authentics Design (SA) group and/or outside design resources agencies to develop effective, on-target design solutions, programs and strategies. Leads the development of the creative vision in conjunction with Creative Director, stories and strategies for the Converse SA team through leveraging heritage silhouettes, trend relevant graphics patterns/colors and new product creation across all aspects of product/brand applications.
LEADS AND EVOLVES DESIGN PHILOSOPHY AND STRATEGIES FOR CONVERSE SPORT AUTHENTICS DESIGN GROUP
Collaborates and provides functional Graphic /Product design direction and consulting expertise to the SA team that provide a unified and collective voice in support of Converse’s global design ethos.
Provide design guidance, expert domestic and international knowledge of the SA consumer silos, consumer trends, marketing trends/opportunities, new approaches to product creation and overall business leadership; translate knowledge to high impact creative solutions.
Responsible for leading, influencing and/or integrating a variety of design disciplines. This to include graphic design, product design, print design and product merchandising. Creates seasonal global footwear packages for Converse inline, deliveries and focused Converse Retailers; develops design briefs (with product marketing), process and strategies that ensure creative excellence.
PRESENTS AND COMMUNICATES
Communicates SA design concepts to various internal and external audiences. Presents ideas and direction to executive level management.
Provides appropriate business, design, consumer, and cultural story-telling within the context and parameters necessary. Leads the development of appropriate sell-in tools to effectively communicate concepts and strategies.
DIRECTS GRAPHICS/FOOTWEAR DESIGN TEAM AND RESOURCES
Leads own SA team and provides functional direction/insight to the larger Converse Design group by establishing direction, key concepts, strategies and brand positioning. Responsible for staff CFE review process. Builds team, mentors and coaches staff and direct reports. Responsible for scheduling and managing workload for direct reports. Works with leadership team to develop strategies for managing workload. Reviews all graphic/product design work and creative solutions.
EXECUTES LEADERSHIP PRODUCT.
Creates and manages own seasonal/annual project load, for a limited number per season, within the overall design workload of the category or group. May work on cross-categorical projects that support design or creative initiatives and innovation.
BUILDS LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS.
Contributes strategically to the business component of the SA team.
Maintains awareness of Dept. budgets, HR planning and staffing including Converse footwear strategies and initiatives. Responsible for managing personal travel & entertainment expenses and related budgets; ensures staff is current (with all expense reporting) and that related business travel can occur as required. Contributes to Creative Recruitment and recommends design talent to Design Management. Serves on Design selection team for all Portfolio Reviews, and participates in interviewing and design events that attract and engage potential talent for Converse.
-College Degree - Industrial Design, Graphic, Marketing or related field. 8+ years related experience, including previous success in a managerial role including project management in a Research, Design & Development environment.
-Proven record in creative visioning and strategic thinking around consumer products or business.
-Exceptional application of design skills including high level concept development.
-Experience in Footwear with proven ability to incorporate marketing and branding principles in design.
-Strong verbal and written communication skills in local market language, including meeting facilitation and presentations.
-Capable of effectively elevate strategic concerns to executive team in a timely and accurate manner. -Periodic travel including domestic and international.
-Irregular working hours around Concept Debut and Product Creation schedule.
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How To Apply
some senior and mid level positions will go up this week.