Sr. Footwear Designer - Running

Boston, MA, USA

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Job ID 14383

Overview

New Balance has a history of 100 years of enduring performance and is still running strong today. Part of what makes New Balance so unique is our commitment to making products that not only provide performance, but also superior fit and comfort. The same attention that is placed on our athletic shoes and apparel is also placed on our associates. New Balance thrives because of the passion and dedication of the people we hire. We rely on our associates to match our enthusiasm for the business and to help drive consumers to move further, faster and more frequently. We seek associates who are always on the move. Associates who push themselves forward and are motivated to move New Balance forward. Ask yourself: Are you ready to move the world?

Responsibilities

Running is at the heart of New Balance building on 110 years of excellence. As a Senior Designer for the Performance Running team, you will be tasked to work cross-brand to execute new and original statement level products that drive a category aesthetic and align with the overall brand creative direction. You will have an integral role in helping set category design vision. You will be responsible for applying your strong design, color, material, innovative thinking, and technical experience to athletic footwear. You will be responsible for creating products, technologies and developing concepts that continue to advance New Balance product performance and aesthetics.

In addition to being a strong design influencer you will need to be a strong collaborator. You will work closely with the TRIAD (design, development, and product management). As an integral member of the team you will research project needs, generate multiple concept solutions and communicate your ideas through sketches, renderings, boards and presentations. You will help create a more creative and positive work environment by mentoring and leading by example. 

Travel requirements:

Actively participate in creative vision during off-sites and other design events.

Asia development trips to represent category and complete multiple projects.

Consumer insight travel domestically and internationally

Location:

New Balance is located in Boston, MA. We have two centers of excellence around design. Performance Design is located in our R & D Center north of Boston. Our Lifestyle design team is located at our brand new corporate headquarters in Brighton, MA. Remote opportunities are a consideration

Qualifications

Minimum 8 years footwear design experience

BA or Master’s degree in Industrial design and/or Fashion design or related area.

Must have proficiency in design programs such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Keynote. Rhino/Modo a plus

Solid understanding of footwear design, construction, materials, sourcing and commercialization

2D/3D drawing by hand or computer and have ability to visualize concepts

Strong skills in core design competencies: color, materials, sketching, concept ideation, presenting, problem-solving

Passion for market trends

Strong communication skills

Assist in leading a team

Our Benefit Offerings:

We’re happy to provide traditional benefits, but to us, the greatest benefit of working at New Balance is taking advantage of additional programs that will enhance your life at work and at home as you grow with our business. Our benefits, at a glance, include:

401k plan with employer match

Generous vacation package and paid holidays

Paid time off to volunteer in the community

Fitness Reimbursement Program

Discounted Health Club Memberships

Corporate Gift Matching

40% associate discount

Your Career Development:

While the company looks to achieve strategic goals, each associate is encouraged to take ownership and mold their development process as they conquer their personal aspirations. To guide you in the process we offer traditional and nontraditional development opportunities, including mentor programs, to help you move your body or career, in which our executives participate as mentors. We also offer customized team sessions, on and off-site seminars and tuition reimbursement.

New Balance provides equal opportunities for all current and prospective associates and takes affirmative action to ensure that employment, training, compensation, transfer, promotion and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment are provided without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, handicap, genetic information and/or status as an Armed Forces service medal veteran, recently separated veteran, qualified disabled veteran or other protected veteran.

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