Design Director - Keds
Posted on Apr 6, 2021 by Wolverine Worldwide
The Design Director is responsible for the design vision and strategy for the Keds and Pro-Keds brands; communicates creative vision and direction to key stakeholders.
Directs the brand's design team and manages design resources.
Leads the execution of all product details, ensuring footwear and apparel designs are on brand and consumer relevant.
Partner with product leadership to set brand-appropriate creative direction for the season including trend research.
Partner with product management leadership and marketing team to collaborate on seasonal stories and educate on all key selling features and benefits.
Partner with materials team to direct seasonal material needs.
Partner with development and materials teams for new material development.
Provide footwear and apparel oversight for regional creation.
Performs duties consistent with the Company's AAP/EEO goals and policies.
Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.
Partner with internal Consumer Insights team to validate consumer and marketplace trends.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Bachelors degree in design required or equivalent work experience.
8+ years of footwear design or apparel experience required.
Proven leadership skills with at least 3 years' experience leading or influencing others.
Experience leading strategic development and planning for a design team.
Strong presentation and communication skills (verbal, written, visual, listening)-to all levels inside and outside of the organization.
Ability to build strong relationships and get things done in a matrix-oriented environment-inclusive of leading & influencing leaders.
Skills within illustration, whether this being freehand or computer aided (Illustrator/Photoshop/3D).