Senior Apparel Designer - Fitness and Lifestyle Performance

Posted Date: Sep-18-2017

Job ID: 8840

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Product Design/Development

City: Kent

State: Washington


What's cool about this job

The Senior Apparel Designer is responsible to concept, create and refine compelling designs for higher impact and more complex products and collections that are inspired, meaningful and brand right.  This includes research of trend at macro, industry and competitive levels, combined with knowledge gained from consumer insights to inform design process.  The Senior Apparel Designer will actively ideate and refine ideas to form a design point of view and reach creative solutions for seasonal product designs.  Through the process they will have greater product responsibility and work closely with design partners, materials and development to define all aspects of product design direction.  They will be a key partner within the overall design team, with expectation to advance peer and overall team achievements.   They will collaborate with partners across REI and overall supply chain to ensure design vision and intent is delivered to REI’s members.  Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.


  • Discover, share and apply insights from trend, market, field use, and consumer behavior
  • Possess understanding of activities and consumers. Seeks to gain understanding of future consumers
  • Collaborate with Brand Management team to influence line plan and product brief direction
  • Design seasonal and longer range product lines targeting goals and criteria defined in planning process
  • Partner with Materials Team to identify specific fabric direction for each product including performance, sustainability, and aesthetic characteristics
  • Ideate to explore, create, and stretch direction for form, function, materials and color for assigned styles
  • Partner with Design Insights and Testing teams to understand consumer and product end use performance
  • Refine concept direction and document design direction in form of specifications to inform prototype process
  • Work closely with Development and Factory partners through an iterative prototyping process to reach proof of concept and design hand-off
  • Collaborate with creative, operations and merchant teams to support the goals of the brand
  • Champion product design excellence in working meetings and formal presentations

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 5+ years prior experience in product design/development, BFA in Industrial Design, related degree and relevant industry experience may be considered
  • Specialty/professional focus designing fitness, lifestyle performance apparel
  • Proven ability to create, express, and apply design point of view to guide product direction and deliver compelling products
  • Demonstrated behavior to be curious, challenge the status quo, and create continuous design advancement for product and the team overall
  • Ability to gather, express, and apply market trends to guide design direction
  • Skills to express and develop design thinking with prolific and proficient ideation sketching process
  • Skills to advance ideation process using physical prototypes to explore and prove out concepts
  • Computer proficiency:  Adobe Design Standard, 3D CAD (Rhino, or Solid works) and rendering desired, All office tools
  • Compelling presentation skills across visual, written, and verbal forms to express design thought
  • Affinity to leading within a team environment to inspire and critique each other to deliver better results
  • Working knowledge of broad materials and manufacturing process-with ability to research and apply new learnings as required, specialized knowledge in relevant category preferred
  • Proven ability to plan and meet deadlines within a product development calendar
  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners to achieve positive results
  • Champions the organization and advocates solutions in the overall Company's best interest.
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
  • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions.
  • Domestic and international travel required

Why you'll love it here

We are a team of creative, passionate people who love the outdoors. We bring our love of the outdoors into our daily work to create amazing products and brand experiences exclusively for REI’s customers. 

We’re passionate about delivering compelling, meaningful products in the market. Whether it’s heading out for a weekend of backpacking, a long bike ride or just a walk in the rain. We are guided by our values of authenticity, quality, services, respect, integrity and balance. By joining the REI Private Brands team, you have the opportunity to make a difference, be challenged to create excellence and enrich our creative community.

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception – 20 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 140 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 12,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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1. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall consider the following factors:

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(b) The specific duties and responsibilities necessarily related to the license or employment sought or held by the person.

(c) The bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was previously convicted will have on his fitness or ability to perform one or more such duties or responsibilities.

(d) The time which has elapsed since the occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

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(f) The seriousness of the offense or offenses.

(g) Any information produced by the person, or produced on his behalf, in regard to his rehabilitation and good conduct.

(h) The legitimate interest of the public agency or private employer in protecting property, and the safety and welfare of specific individuals or the general public.

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