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Design Director of Color

Converse is the story of a sneaker that started on the court and moved to the stage and street. We’re a company ready for change and that’s who we hire: the most malleable, the most innovative, and the most creative. Our clothes and sneakers have been worn by rebels, rockers, rappers, artists, thinkers, and individuals. So that’s why we hire individuals. So we’re speaking the same language.

Design

Art School Finally Pays Off

That art school word ‘aesthetic’ comes in handy again. The look and feel of Converse gets funneled through this crew. From Events to Online to Retail to Photography to Messaging, Brand Design is the artistic hand on the color wheel. If you’re looking for a motley band of artists and thinkers, then look no further. We all know what “aesthetic” means, too. We just don’t use it because it’s cheesy.

Description
Mission:


Color enthusiast, elevating the converse product experience with a focus on both the art and science of color.  Drives color excellence through the connection of design, development and manufacturing.

Focus:


Brings to life global color direction that is trend relevant to the converse consumer across all product types- footwear, apparel and accessories

Accountabilities:
  • Creates the short and long-term design vision and strategies for product creation with a focus on color
  • Develops and maintains an understanding of divisional business goals and values and works collaboratively with business and marketing partners to enhance design and group effectiveness
  • Builds awareness of current color trends through culture of fashion, sport, art and design via market research to keep abreast of consumer needs
  • Builds relationships with trend services and color influencers
  • Leads the converse global color vision, partnering closely with the creative directors and Sr director, along with material and graphics counterparts, to bring a holistic creative vision and narrative to life for the brand
  • Key speaker at major milestones, informing the vision and understanding of color direction to the company in a clear, concise manner
  • Leads and inspires the color design team, providing team vision, coaching color excellence and application techniques, as well as individual mentoring and career growth
  • _drives the creative content of the global color palette and supporting tools
  • Sets a color merchandising and tiering strategy tools to be used across all product types, driving a cohesive and complimentary product offering
  • Gives creative input, motivates and delegates partners to execute global color strategy: color designers, design directors, across all categories
  • Drives color innovation, inspires new thinking
  • Collaborates with development teams to ensure color concepts can be realized in a commercial setting
  • Partners with studio managers to drive color processes/best practices/color data reporting/hiring


Qualifications
Required skill to advance to this level:
  • 10+ years design experience demonstrating creative sophistication in concepts and design as well as a sharp understanding of the consumer and market
  • Proven ability to apply and perform 2d/3d design skills at an expert level demonstrated expertise using macintosh computer design applications
  • Clear communicator, verbally, visually and written
  • Compelling presentor, inspiring and engaging
  • Empowering leadership, abilitiy to delegate and lead a team effectively.  Prior experience managing others is preferred
  • Strategic thinker, demonstrates leadership that influences process change (best practices, strategy, calendar, budget, manufacturing process)
  • Organized, strong multitasker, able to balance a multiple season timeline
  • Valuable player in key milestones, speaking up in meetings to support converse design excellence, giving and receiving feedback productively
  • Collaborative nature cross functionally
  • Highly motivated, provides design expertise for the team outside of assigned product load as needed
  • Well informed, strong research skills and connection to the industry
  • Continuously advances product, process and design skills reflective of an expert design professional
  • Ability to travel

Converse is more than a company; it’s a worldwide advocate for self-expression. This belief motivates our employees, permeates our working environment and inspires our products. No two of us look or think exactly alike. We are each one-of-a-kind. Individually and as a culture, we have the freedom to create and grow professionally. Generous benefits packages only sweeten the experience. From Boston to Shanghai, from Brand Design to Finance, Converse is a brand that celebrates the unique and creative people of the world. Together, we’re different.

Job ID 00452333

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