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The North Face: Senior Design Manager, Apparel Concept Design



Denver, CO, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2023

Join the North Face Family

The North Face was built on a love for the outdoors and the desire to enable all types of exploration, for all people, from their backyards to the Himalayas. Over the last 50 years we've lived by our “true north,” the belief that exploration has the power to change us, to challenge us and to help us see the world from new perspectives. To help ignite a global movement of outdoor exploration, love for the natural world and an unwavering commitment to protect it, we welcome and encourage new participants to the outdoors. We extend our reach through support of non-profit organizations, establishing programs that connect participants with close-to-home recreation opportunities, and creating a connection with young leaders, inspiring them to explore and conserve.

As we enter our sixth decade, we pledge to:

  • Empower exploration and the thrill of the unknown for as many people as possible.
  • Protect the places where we live, play, and operate.
  • Evolve the way we make our products by improving our environmental performance and social responsibility in the supply chain.

The North Face: Senior Design Manager, Product Concept Design

What you will do:

As the Concept Senior Manager in the field of product (apparel, footwear, accessories, equipment) design, you will lead a team of creative professionals and drive the conceptualization and ideation of innovative design concepts that align with The North Face’s vision and market trends. Your role will involve translating creative ideas into tangible design directions, guiding your team's efforts, and collaborating with cross-functional teams to bring these concepts to life. You will be a key player in shaping The North Face’s design identity and setting the tone for our product.

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Conceptualization and Ideation:

    • Lead brainstorming sessions and creative workshops to generate fresh, trendsetting product design concepts that resonate with our target audience.

    • Stay informed about fashion trends, cultural influences, and emerging design directions to inform your team's creative process.

  • Creative Direction:

    • Translate conceptual ideas into visual presentations, mood boards, and sketches that effectively communicate the intended design direction, including color palettes, materials, and overall aesthetics.

    • Provide clear creative guidance to your team, ensuring that design concepts reflect the brand's identity and values.

  • Team Leadership and Collaboration:

    • Manage and mentor a team of designers, fostering a collaborative and innovative environment where creative ideas thrive.

    • Work closely with cross-functional teams, including product managers, marketing, and production, to align design concepts with business goals.

  • Trend Analysis:

    • Conduct ongoing research to anticipate shifts in fashion trends and consumer preferences, incorporating these insights into your team's design concepts.

  • Design Presentation:

    • Present design concepts and directions to senior leadership and stakeholders, articulating the rationale behind creative choices and their strategic alignment.

  • Quality Control:

    • Review design concepts to ensure they meet the brand's quality standards, market relevance, and innovative edge.

    • Provide constructive feedback to your team to refine their work and elevate the overall design output.

  • Project Management:

    • Manage multiple design projects simultaneously, setting priorities, timelines, and resource allocation to ensure timely and successful delivery of design concepts.

  • Brand Identity:

    • Ensure that all design concepts are in alignment with the brand's identity, values, and target audience, while pushing creative boundaries to maintain brand innovation.

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Generally ten years of progressive experience with three years of managerial experience in in product design, including a proven track record of leading and managing design teams.
  • Impressive portfolio showcasing diverse and successful design concepts across various apparel categories.

  • Deep understanding of fashion trends, textiles, materials, and manufacturing processes.

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to inspire, mentor, and guide creative teams.

  • Proficiency in design software (Adobe Creative Suite, etc.).

  • Excellent communication, presentation, and collaboration skills.

  • Ability to analyze market trends, consumer behavior, and cultural influences to inform design decisions.

  • Detail-oriented approach with a passion for creativity and innovation.

  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities.

Free to Be, Inclusion & Diversity

As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness, and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

What’s In It for You

We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy, and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical, and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package. Go to MyVFBenefits.com and click on “Looking to Join VF?” to learn more.

Our Parent Company, VF Corporation

VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities, and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling. Learn more at vfc.com.

Hiring Range:

$116,640.00 USD - $145,800.00 USD annually

Incentive Potential: This position is eligible for additional compensation awards that may include an annual incentive plan, sales incentive, or commission potential. Specific details of the additional compensation eligibility for this position will be provided during the recruiting and interview process.

Benefits at VF Corporation: You can review a general overview of each benefit program offered, including this year's medical plan rates on www.MyVFbenefits.com and by clicking Looking to Join VF? Detailed information on your benefits will be provided during the hiring process.

Please note, our hiring ranges are determined and built from market pay data. In determining the specific compensation for this position, we comply with all local, state, and federal laws.

Pursuant to all applicable local Fair Chance Ordinance requirements, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, VF will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.