Footwear Designer

Charly - Irvine, CA

Posted: January 20th, 2021


Footwear Designer/Merchandiser - Job Description


The Designer/Merchandiser will assist in Design Creation of Charly USA products for all seasons, lines, and/or major accounts requests.  Fulfill concept designs and create drawings by hand or CAD programs.  Work alongside development and costing teams to ensure samples created meet the costing specifications.  Have the ability to perform in a collaborative work environment translating briefs and knowledge of market trends into globally relevant, innovative and commercial designs.  Help curate strategic merchandising principles to offer the best assortments to our customers at all levels of distribution.  A strong candidate for this role is someone who can take ownership of design and have the freedom to create and be passionate about bringing incredible product to market.

Duties & Responsibilities

-Developing and creating CADS and technical drawings for new concepts across all categories.

-Collaborates with Product Management and Development from concept through design to the commercialization process.

-Create visual presentations and assist in seasonal design briefs, mood board, color trends and competitive analysis. 

-Research current trends and craft new ideas while participating in market research and attending relevant trade shows.

-Cross functional collaboration with other departments.

-Demonstrate a strong understanding of color, materialization and construction

-Ensures all timelines are met through the design and development process.

-Preparing and presenting design projects and clearly communicating design vision.

-Participate in weekly meetings with our international offices.

-Ability to travel domestic and International (Mexico & China)

-Sample organization and assisting in Merchandising showrooms.

-Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


- Bachelor’s Degree in Footwear, Fashion or Industrial Design or 5-7 years experience in Footwear Design.

-Have a strong understanding of shoe constructions, colors, materials and costing measures.

-Highly motivated team player that is open to change and has a growth mindset.

-Advanced skill set in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign with an understanding in 3D design programs.

-Must possess positive attitude with problem solving skills.

-Have a sense of urgency with strong organizational and time management skills.

-Knowledge of current trends and the ability to interpret trends into sketch designs and provide detailed specifications.

-Ability to work alongside others in a team environment.

-Bilingual in English and Spanish or English and Chinese is a plus.

About Charly

Grupo Charly, is a one hundred percent Mexican company based in Leon, Guanajuato, that began as a family business in 1949. After the successful manufacture of children's footwear under the brand name 'Campanita', the group eventually expanded to the sports shoemarket. Focused on design, manufacture and distribution of footwear inspired by sport, Charly has become the leading brand in sales in Mexico for the last 25 years.