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GLOBAL DESIGN DIRECTOR - VONZIPPER

Company: Quiksilver
Location: Huntington Beach
Posted on: January 8, 2022

Job Description:

We awaken the spirit of freedom and adventure by connecting boardriders around the world. We are the world's leading action sports and lifestyle company with a global portfolio of brands. We're a team of 7,500 like-minded souls protecting what we love. The smell of the ocean. The sounds of the city you know so well. The perfect slope. The perfect wave. The perfect game. Ultimate freedom. We lead with integrity and passion, we build an inclusive community, we protect our playgrounds and we play to win. We are Quiksilver, Billabong, Roxy, RVCA, DC Shoes, Element, VonZipper, Honolua. We are BOARDRIDERS. "Boardriders is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer including: Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans" SUMMARY:
Reporting to the brand President, the Design Director is responsible for all aspects of VZ's design and development of eyewear, goggles, apparel and accessories from concept through production.

  • Create short and long-term design vision and strategies for the brand
  • Collaborate with sales, marketing and art departments to provide product designs for market success
  • Identify Key market trends and develop strategies to enhance the brand's market position
  • Utilize internal and external partnerships that leverage resources to improve business success
  • Actively provide appropriate designs with regard to cost/value, fit and performance, manufacturability, sustainability and aesthetic finish
  • Create new practices, processes and design applications to increase product value and performance
  • Develop strong consumer-oriented points of view and lead the design effort in executing the vision through seasonal product launches, key brand and product initiatives RESPONSIBILITIES: Design and Development
    • Active management of line plans and product development calendar, with alignment to organizational priorities and consideration of cross-functional inputs
    • Category reporting and merchandising support
    • Consistent communication with vendors/suppliers to ensure prototypes, samples and production goods are developed and delivered as planned
    • Negotiate costing with vendors/suppliers to achieve margin targets with high quality execution
    • Create and manage all functional elements in Product Development process, including but not limited to:
      • Tech Packs, Spec Sheets, and Build Of Materials (B.O.M.)
      • Revision of 2D CAD drawings
      • Comments, approvals and limit samples
      • Maintain database of relevant testing and compliance requirements for all product lines
      • Development of product briefs, mood boards and color concepts
      • Photo editing: re-touch, re-color, photo manipulation, extensions, background clipping, corrections, etc. Presentations and Communication
        • Communicate design vision, results and stories to internal and external audiences
        • Manage global project planning and the presentation of projects at all stages, design reviews, sales meetings and tradeshows People
          • Set KPIs for individual team members as required.
          • Provide on-going feedback, coaching and recognition.
          • Work with HR to manage non-performance issues promptly and appropriately.
          • Work with HR to recruit, select, and induct direct reports.
          • Role model behaviours expected from your team and in line with company values
          • Ensure employees are well informed and teamwork is fostered.
          • Ensure team adherence to legal and policy requirements. REQUIRED EXPERIENCE/SKILLS/EDUCATION:
            • Eyewear and Industrial Design experience
            • Strong organizational and project management skills with deadline-driven and detail-oriented attitude
            • Goal-oriented and independent self-starter with ability to think on their feet and adapt quickly
            • Proven ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously
            • Proactive and solution/result-oriented attitude
            • Ability to perform under pressure and manage a complex array of tasks
            • Understanding of industrial design is essential
            • Sound knowledge of the eyewear, action sports and fashion industry
            • Understanding the needs of the market, retailers, suppliers and merchandisers
            • Demonstrated experience to research and develop designs, ideas, themes and convert ideas into products
            • Experience in the development of themes through story boards
            • Thorough knowledge of the product design process
            • Experience in sourcing and production of suppliers
            • Experience in briefing, directing and supervising the product development process
            • Capability to independently manage projects, present and report at a senior management level
            • Ability to manage the design and development of a variety of categories -PREFERRED EXPERIENCE/SKILLS:
              • Qualifications in industrial & fashion Design are essential
              • 5+ years eyewear, goggle and apparel design experience
              • Design for manufacturing experience/skills
              • Understanding / knowledge of eyewear, goggle and apparel materials
              • Knowledge of the product design process including trend, forecast, color, styling, construction and fit
              • Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite (esp. Illustrator and Photoshop), including proficiency in vectoring and rendering art files
              • 3D CAD/rendering software knowledge a plus - Solidworks, Rhino, Bunkspeed, Keyshot
              • Strong graphic/sketching skills a plus
              • Photo editing: retouching, recoloring, photo manipulation, extensions, clipping backgrounds, color corrections, etc.
              • Experience in graphic design and screen-printing a plus

Keywords: Quiksilver, Huntington Beach , GLOBAL DESIGN DIRECTOR - VONZIPPER, Executive , Huntington Beach, California

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