I’ve been getting a few inquiries about the hummel Footwear Designer II position now posted on coroflot, and figured most of the people here on the footwear forum are doing the asking.
To avoid more work for me answering the same questions over and over again, I’ve decided to set up this FAQ to answer some of the more common questions.
Is the job based in Denmark?
A. Yes, as noted, it is here at our HQ in Aarhus, Denmark. A great city to live/work, btw!
The job description lists several responsobilities for design and development. Is it a design or development position?
A. As we are a very small team, the position does require knowledge and responsibility for both design and development acitivities. As it is listed as a Designer II position, I would say that a good candidate should have a backround in design with development experience rather than only development experience with no design skills.
Travel 30% of the time. Where to?
A. Mostly asia (China, Taiwan) for development, but also trend forecasting and research trips within Europe (ie. Berlin, London, etc.) and sometimes possible US (New York, LA, etc.), plus anyplace else relevant for design/development.
What kinds of product categories?
A. All hummel footwear product categories are covered in the responsibility for this position. Football (soccer), Indoor, and lifestyle products.
Do I need shoe industry experience?
A. Yes, as noted in the job description. It is a level II position, so footwear industry is required. You should be able to hit the ground running in this position, and much of the responibilities are very independent. Extensive internships are also good to contribute to your interest/knowledge, but ultimately a certain level of actual experience is best.
As I get more questions (feel free to post there here too), I’ll do my best to answer.
Of course, for a good idea of the company, our products and the footwear dept. responsibilities, you can also check my blog, First Pullover, http://www.pullover.blogspot.com