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Footwear Designer II, Specialty Concept Footwear Design

Brooks Running

Brooks Running

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Who We Are:
At Brooks, we believe movement is the key to feeling more alive. That’s why we’re driven to create gear and experiences that take people to the place that makes them feel more alive — whether it’s a headspace, a feeling, or a finish line.
Everyone who works at Brooks is propelled by a company culture that sparks excitement, fuels collaboration, inspires creativity, and ignites innovation.
Our brand values help bond us together and drive our success:
· Runner First
We act in the best interest of the runner
· Word is Bond
We do what we say we’ll do
· Champion Heart
We give our all in everything we do
· There is no “I” in Run
We stay generous with our humanity
· Keep Moving
We find ways to move every day, because joy is kinetic!
We welcome everyone from every walk of life looking to inspire others through the power of movement — because we’re all moving towards something. Let’s run there.
Your Job:
As a Brooks Running Designer II, Specialty Concept Footwear Design, you will create design solutions for footwear-design projects such as inline extensions, lifestyle and heritage additions, brand partnerships and collaborations, and special/regional footwear make-ups. In this role, you will create the perfect balance between inspiring designs driven by consumer stories and the performance nature of our running brand identity.
As a Designer II, Specialty Concept Footwear Design, you will elevate the specialty design concepts by identifying and executing new Color, Material, and Trend ideas backed by market research and a deep understanding of consumer mindsets. Your creative choice and your ability to embellish the material with exciting graphic solutions and original textile prints will drive the aesthetics for all Specialty Concept projects while still executing against Brooks’ Fit, Feel, Ride, and Crafted Beauty quality standards.
As a Designer II, Specialty Concept Footwear Design, you will work closely with the Manager, Specialty Concept Footwear Design, Footwear Merchandising Team, Brand Creative Team, Apparel Graphic Design, and Brand Marketing to identify trends and stories for events, causes, annual celebrations, collaborations, and inline extensions as well as regional special make-ups through branding, color, graphic, material, and finishes to footwear.
As a Designer II, Specialty Concept Footwear Design, your role will lead a clear design communication to the Footwear Merchandising Team and the Product Development Team. With your strong professional experience in designing beautiful footwear, you will play a central role within the footwear design team to ensure that Brooks is the most LOVED brand for runners worldwide.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Own key product designs of performance footwear by creating and presenting upper, midsole, and outsole sketches for specialty concept products based on direction provided by the Merchandise briefs.
  • Apply identity principles to maximize perceived value to drive superior aesthetic competitiveness.
  • Influence and research direction of work with your design POV on storytelling, color, material, textile, finishes, market, and lifestyle trends to grow the appeal of Brooks Running footwear.
  • Stay current in the athletic footwear market, different category trends, and product design innovations across the global network
  • Create and manipulate original textile prints on shell patterns and footwear tech packs to connect with our creative foundation CRAFTED BEAUTY.
  • Present trend, color palette, and textile graphics at concept debut, PAC meetings as needed, key retailer pre-lines, and sell-in and sales meetings.
  • Prepare region-specific color palettes through market awareness and trend/color research.
  • Create regional color renderings of specialty concept footwear for review and presentation.
  • Ensure Pantone and CSI colors are handed off to Development for each color included in the season to development
  • Finalize product details and proactively follow through on the execution of color/print for each product.
  • Organize and deliver product design presentations, both physical and digital work including exploratory process, using your evaluation, judgment, and interpretation to select the right course of action.
  • Develop a strong point of view and bring forward your own creative ideas; have a clear understanding of what’s trending in the market and translate to product concepts
  • Provide feedback and guidance to Associate Designers and Designer 1.
  • Seek out mentorship from more tenured Designers.
  • Respond to design critique with multiple design solutions.
  • Partner within a product creation team and work across product categories on a wide range of complex projects and products to deliver industry-leading products and stories.
  • Act as a main point person for Specialty Concepts using your color expertise to create unique color palettes differentiated from in-line and execute original print/patterns for footwear placement.
  • Collaborate with Design, Product Marketing, Development and Material Designers to focus on color and print/pattern solutions for success in the market.
  • Work closely with the 3D CAD Design Team to ensure a constant flow of information.
  • Work closely with the Material Design Group and Product Assessment to ensure new specialty concept footwear material selection meets our fit, feel, and ride quality standards.
  • Collaborate with Apparel Graphic Design on head-to-toe product execution within specialty concepts of MRA’s.
  • Partner with Creative Services of Marketing teams on execution of Event/Collaboration footwear to execute brand vision.
  • Work towards becoming a design expert and design leader across other teams – facilitate conversations, lead by example, and show the “how”.
  • Assist sales reps with any color and trend needs throughout the season.
  • Be a trusted partner to the development teams in Asia and our oversea production sites.
  • Maintain calendar/timelines/deadlines that result in timely completion of each product and/or collection
  • Use your strong design knowledge to partner with your product teams.
  • Answer critique with a curious mindset – propose alternative options after more design exploration.
  • Have a strong understanding of the design jet stream to keep informed on what’s trending and how this may influence our design.
  • Apply your knowledge of prototyping and ability to use handmade models to demonstrate proof of ideas.
  • Conduct factory visits once or twice a year to gain insights and maintain a high level of understanding of the footwear manufacturing process.
  • Travel as necessary to Asia, Europe, trade shows, races, retailers, or other external events.


  • 4-year college or university degree in industrial, graphics, apparel or footwear design, an equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree
  • 5+ years of experience creating color/material/textile programs and future vision in a retail/manufacturing environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of art and design with clear understanding of visual design or any design-related environment
  • Proven experience creating and leading the execution of vision and strategy
  • Ability to understand design concepts and think conceptually
  • Ability to understand design conceptually across product categories
  • Ability to create designs that meet category needs and commercial opportunities
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced, ever changing work environment
  • Ability to build and foster relationships in a team environment. This position requires employee to engage with many stakeholders, as well as manage various information and relationships
  • Ability and desire to push themselves, others, and the brand forward.
  • Ability to influence and collaborate with key business partners
  • Keen attention to detail in planning, organization, and execution of tasks (self and through others), while still seeing the big picture and understanding how all the pieces fit together and affect one another.
  • Demonstration of innovation and initiative – always looking at improving our products and processes while also displaying a willingness to dive into the details and help wherever necessary.
  • Passionate participation in Brooks’ sports activities is a plus, overridden by the ability to understand and empathize with the runner to develop loyal, engaging relationships with our customers and the Brooks community.
  • Mastery of Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop
  • Competent using Apple Mac Operating system
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • 3D is not required, but a plus
  • Embraces and lives the Brooks values!
  • Travel 10% (Domestically/Internationally)
The pay range for this position, based out of the Brooks Seattle HQ, is $102,173 - $153,260 per year. Base pay offered will vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.
Brooks is proud to offer a robust benefits package to our employees and their families!
Benefits- including medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance, HSA and employer contribution, FSA, family & fertility assistance, 401K Savings Plan and match, employee assistance program, and transportation assistance.
Paid Time Off- Brooks offers generous time off including three to five weeks of paid time off, eleven paid holidays, paid sick and parental leave.
Bonus- in addition to base pay, Brooks employees may also be offered an annual bonus based on company performance.
Perks- including product discounts, employee recognition, fitness discounts, volunteer and donation benefits.
Location- You will spend 3 days per week in our Seattle offices, as we believe our organization flourishes when connections, collaboration, creativity, problem-solving, and celebrations happen in person.
At Brooks, we celebrate diversity & equity. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment, and encourage people of all backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and skills to apply. Brooks is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, two-spirit identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, sensory, physical, or mental disability, marital status, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), honorable discharge or military status, protected citizen status, actual or perceived victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, HIV or Hepatitis C infection, political ideology, use of a trained guide dog by a person with a disability, or on any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, or any other non-merit based factors.