Here at HEYDUDE, we are a team of Go-To's who work together to embrace and embody our brand values in everything we do. We dare boldly, putting progress over perfection to bring our consumers and fans the most comfortable shoes on the planet. We aim to be steadfast and engage genuinely with our consumers and each other. We keep it simple, welcome all, and strive to have a “Hey Day!”  
In February of 2022, Crocs, Inc. acquired HEYDUDE. This acquisition not only adds an outstanding brand to the Crocs portfolio, but provides a wealth of opportunities for teamwork, career growth, and best practice sharing across the two brands. We’ve experienced incredible growth in the past few years, and we need to build our teams with the most creative, passionate footwear enthusiasts in the world. That’s where you come in! 

Interested in being our next Go-To? Check this out! 

We’re looking for a Footwear Design Director to join the fastest growing brand in the footwear industry! Reporting to the VP of Design, you will have the opportunity to build a global collection based on comfort, style, and an easy everyday feel.  We are looking for individuals that have a passion for the consumer, the HEYDUDE brand, and innovation. Hey Dude is a place where we think big, act fast, and collaborate with ease. We are seeking an imaginative person to join us in crafting the vision for our future; to encourage, ideate, lead, and build. You will bring both a technical footwear design proficiency combined with an astute awareness for Trend, Color, Materials, Graphics, and Personalization. You will be a key partner on conceptualizing/building new franchise and product icons whilst reinterpreting, and infusing resourcefulness and freshness into halo and legacy styles. You thrive in a fast-paced global environment, collaborating cross functionally to get key partners on board. We adapt quickly, fluid, and have a lot of fun along the way.

 

WHAT YOU'LL DO

•Lead, coach, and mentor your design team, by exemplifying a strong conceptualization ability, elevated trend capacity and guidance with a balanced temperament, to support timelines
•Distill trend & consumer insights to build packs against the consumer / product needs
•Operate in a fast-paced, varied seasonal calendar
•Keep up to date with emerging trends in fashion, design, film, media, art, various consumers, and influencers relevant to Crocs and the design team
•Demonstrate global marketplace insights, understand key competitors and how that plays into who we are as a brand
•Support / cascade seasonal product design trend – drive energy and amplify key accounts
through seasonal SMU’s
•Ensure all projects are well-planned, creatively outstanding, and delivered timely as well as being aware of the realities of a seasonal calendar
•Collaborate, inspire, and empower teams to pursue pioneering ideas that are innovative, original in the market, and within the creative / brand strategy
•Partner cross-functionally with design, product line management, development, and merchandising
•Ability to lead team efforts while also working independently to deliver on individual responsibilities. Lead, delegate accordingly, and be the connective tissue for the team
•Advise a team with patience. Encourage those around you
•Drive new ways of thinking through partnership with our innovation team. 
•Explore the unknown using fresh and unique product design approaches and to
look to identify design trends and market opportunities
•You believe in the power of ideas that define brands and make consumers lives better, 
with a positive impact on the world

 

WHAT YOU BRING TO THE TABLE

•Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
•12+ years design experience, preferably with a background in Industrial Design 
•5+ years of team management experience
•Consistent track record of success at other Globally recognized footwear brands
•Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to influence and engage others 
•Ability to delegate, overseeing multiple projects efficiently and with agility across your team to ensure design review readiness
•Ability to travel globally domestically/globally – 25%

 

HEYDUDE is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.  

Title: Design Director, Footwear 

Job Level: Director

Career Level: CL8 

Salary Range: $170,000  -$190,000  

Workplace Persona: Collaborator (hybrid work schedule; in office 60-80%)

 

This position is eligible to participate in a company incentive program. 

This position is eligible for company benefits including but not limited to medical, dental, and vision coverage, life and AD&D, short and long-term disability coverage, paid time off, employee assistance, participation in a 401k program that includes company match, and many other additional voluntary benefits. 

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