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Footwear Designer 2, Basketball

Puma - Boston, Massachusetts

Posted: July 13th, 2018


Description

Job Responsibilities 

  • Create Footwear designs and technical specification packages for basketball footwear that help lead the direction for PUMA?s basketball footwear design. 
  • Consistently deliver innovative and fresh design solutions to meet the briefed requirements.
  • Create and drive basketball category initiatives based on consumer, marketing, and product innovation insight combined with original design and performance technology applications.
  • Build a consumer and retail-centric seasonal product line.
  • Innovate new footwear technologies and disruptive aesthetics.
  • Demonstrate high level of understanding of brand directives and the PUMA consumer.
  • Support and contribute to strategic brand and technology direction through product design.
  • Participate in and contribute to the development of the strategic direction of PUMA?s basketball business plans.
  • Travel to domestic and international markets to continuously develop industry, consumer and retail knowledge.
  • Travel to Asia to manage the footwear development process with our factory partners. 
  • Mentor and inspire Designers on the team; work closely within the PUMA matrix to bring product to life and contribute to a new and exciting category of PUMA.  

Requirements 

  • 5-8 years of experience in footwear design or related design experience.
  • At least 2 years of basketball footwear design experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basketball consumer and trends.
  • Experience working with external collaborators and/or brand ambassadors preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of domestic and international retail, consumer trend, and product line dynamics.
  • Experience in international product development and manufacturing processes.
  • Exceptional and refined level of form, color and material understanding.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Illustrator & PhotoShop. 
  • Strong command of color and understanding of merchandising/line planning.
  • Exceptional sketching skills. 
  • Experience presenting to retail buyers/accounts a plus.
  • International and domestic travel required. (~ 20% yearly)
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About Puma

PUMA is one of the world’s leading Sports Brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For over 65 years, PUMA has established a history of making fast product designs for the fastest athletes on the planet. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running, Training and Fitness, Golf, and Motorsports. It engages in exciting collaborations with renowned design brands such as Alexander McQueen and Mihara Yasuhiro to bring innovative and fast designs to the sports world. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf, Tretorn, Dobotex and Brandon. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 10,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany.