Senior Footwear Range Designer

Annecy, France /
Head Office – Design /
Job Purpose: As Senior Footwear Designer, you will design and develop comprehensive product solutions that are aligned with Arc’teryx Design philosophies and continuously exceed our users’ evolving needs.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

    • Responsible for designing the footwear range from concept through production in collaboration with the Design Team based in North Vancouver, Canada
    • Focus on user needs through research and observation (user-centered design approach) with strong problem solving skills
    • Continuously research emerging trends in design, technology, materials, and sport/activity evolution
    • Collaborate with Range Development Team (Product Line Manager, Project Manager) to design and develop product solutions that meet the needs of the product brief
    • Address construction, manufacturing, and cost constraints as needed
    • Create design documents for the development of all the range products (Illustrator files, shell pattern, 2D drawings, tech pack, materials) and update as needed
    • Provide a thorough understanding of soft goods, molded/tooled parts, and various manufacturing processes
    • Execute projects within both seasonal and long term timelines
    • Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of the Arc’teryx materials, constructions, and manufacturing techniques
    • Brief internal and external resources (consultants, agencies, etc) for projects as needed
    • Adhere to Arc’teryx Sustainability requirements while also contributing to future improvements and solutions
    • Excellent communication skills both verbally and visually
    • Attend tradeshows and company events as required
    • Collaborate with Vancouver Design Team (Design Director, Footwear Designer, other Designers)
    • Work with other Designers to create new and improved toolbox solutions
    • Collaborate with athletes, field testing team, biomechanic specialists, and other inputs to ensure Arc’teryx is exceeding our customers’ needs
    • Collaborate with Vancouver Color Team: provide end use needs, material considerations, and feedback
    • Ensure the footwear category direction is aligned with overall company strategy and category/activity direction
    • Travel requirements include Vancouver HQ, overseas factories, and additional travel as needed
    • Present designs and strategies at annual meetings and internal reviews

Additional experience, education and/or skills:

    • 10+ years designing footwear
    • Bachelor degree in Industrial/Product Design or equivalent industry experience
    • Proficiency in English
    • Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite (primarily Photoshop and Illustrator)
    • Refined sense of both 2D and 3D design, extensive knowledge of target users (customer needs and values)
    • Set ambitious targets, create plans to achieve the targets with set timelines, reflect and learn
    • Promote information sharing and team spirit, contribute to collective efficiency (effectively balance autonomy and collaboration)
    • Remain highly flexible and adaptable to achieve the results needed
    • Seek the best (sometimes not the easiest) solutions with unwavering commitment to do what is right
    • Your passion for your work is paralleled by your passion for getting outside and living it. Actively participate in the activities you design product for to experience the product firsthand.
    • You are curious and always explore different ways to achieve better solutions
    • Respect corporate values and confidentiality