VF Corporation The North Face: Designer, Equipment in Denver, Colorado

Job Description

At The North Face we dare to lead the world forward through Exploration.

The North Face is the premier exploration company in the world. Founded in the counterculture of Berkeley, CA in 1966 we have a long and storied legacy of enabling exploration, protecting our planet, and creating iconic and technically advanced product.

Our culture is born from the spirit of the Explorer and infuses everything we do. We love wild places. We spark curiosity. We dare to disrupt. We create communities. And we lead with integrity. We are a community of explorers and are constantly looking for new ideas, places and people to connect with.

We take great pride in our ability to facilitate exploration for our employees and partners. By joining The North Face family, you will be offered the opportunity, tools and environments to more deeply explore the world around you and make meaningful, lasting connections. You will also be working on a team with a mission to protect our planet for generations to come.

The North Face is part of VF Corporation who guides powerful brands that are fueled by insights and innovation that put us at the heart of our consumers’ lives. Many of our brands lead their respective categories, and some have risen to iconic status.

While our VF company and brands are diverse, we work together within a One VF culture to capitalize on our greatest opportunities for long-term performance. Across our company, a collaborative, global mindset differentiates our products and the unique experiences we provide to our consumers. It all adds up to a lasting competitive advantage built on harnessing the power of our differences to achieve great things together, all while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the world.

Our North Face and Jansport offices are currently located in Alameda, CA; Smartwool is located in Steamboat, CO; Eagle Creek is located in Carlsbad, CA and Altra Running is located in Logan, UT. All positions at these brands will ultimately be located in Denver, CO. By applying for an open position at any of these brands you will be acknowledging you are able to work as needed in the current office location and transition to Denver at the time in which the team makes the move in 2019.

Equipment Designer: Become the Newest Member of the VF Family

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Responsible for the high-quality execution of equipment designs.

  • Works with Product Director and Designer Director to give input on line and product direction.

  • Execution of individual designs and collections appropriate to product and design brief. Creation of high quality design packages during design process. Use of Illustration and Asst Design resources to support design effort.

  • Responsible for proof of concept work by design team.

  • Tracks a design schedule to ensure a timely completion following the predetermined product development calendar.

  • Researches industry and product for new information, utilizing available resources including consumer and athlete insights

  • Maintains working knowledge of outdoor industry through personal relationship to snow sports, alpinism and mountaineering in order to have a deep understanding of current outdoor trends and culture

  • Creates and communicates visual presentations clearly and effectively to a diverse audience.

  • Collaborate with apparel counterparts to ensure consistency in lines

  • Partners with developers to create innovative and technologically advanced products. Partners with material sourcing to develop innovative fabrications.

  • Train and develop Associate Designers.

  • Performs these and other duties as assigned.

Skills for Success:

Years of Related Professional Experience: 5-8 years of related professional experience.

Educational/ Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Design (apparel), or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience in flat sketching expertise.

  • Hands-on experience with CAD software.

  • Experience in creation of design packages and execution of product designs.

  • Experience in designing successful products

  • Experience in research and analysis and design cycles

  • Strong knowledge of formulating color palettes.

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of equipment construction including packs, tents and some accessories

  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to present concepts to product teams and review boards in a persuasive manner.

  • Strong knowledge of product cycles.

  • Basic knowledge of manufacturing processes

  • Strong knowledge of aesthetic form and the ability to design for different consumers and end uses.

  • Basic knowledge of textile and material construction and properties.

  • Basic knowledge of product costs and impact of design.

Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.

VF Diversity Vision Statement

VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.