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Senior Product Designer


Posted by Big Agnes on 11/08/2021

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Outdoor

Job Categories: Design - Apparel, Design & Development - Product

Company Type: Apparel/SoftGoods, Recreation

State: CO

City: Steamboat Springs

Country: United States

Required Experience: 5 - 7 years

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $65-$84,000

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within: 25 miles

Job Description & Requirements


The Senior Product Designer will work within various categories to create new products and to annually update or maintain existing products with new features, components, patterns and decorative finishes or trim elements.  This designer will integrate into the Design & Development team to oversee multiple projects and timelines, and will also collaborate closely with management, sourcing, and manufacturing partners to implement innovative features and production techniques.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

·       Cultivate a strong design ethos for the brand that can be communicated and presented to leadership, key stakeholders, teammates, and creative collaborators.

·       Create new seasonal product designs as needed by model and category.

·       Aid in the development and maintenance of a seasonal design style guide, including trend forecasting and reference imagery.

·       Research and provide, coordinate, and implement feedback on current designs and design directions. Present findings to all team members.

·       Ensure all products have an easily understood hierarchy of good/better/best features and benefits.

·       Conceptualize, communicate, or present designs and design detailing to various stakeholders.

·       Demonstrate an ability to analyze and critique designs during design reviews in a positive manner with the best interest of the company in mind.

·       Innovate conceptually for “R&D” projects at a high level of proficiency and carry these concepts into inline projects.  This employee may be sought out to perform special projects due to strong past results and exhibited follow through.

·       Construct or refine 3-dimensional design concepts in a prototype capacity.

·       Design products and technical specification packages in Adobe Illustrator for handoff to development, sourcing and manufacturing partners.

·       Develop products using guidelines, materials and techniques that meet design expectations as well as corporate margin targets. Ensure that all products and design intents are readily manufacturable.

·       Track all phases of design including ideation, CAD creation, material research and selection, trim, artwork, pre-production samples and final manufacturing samples to ensure on-time delivery meeting all quality standards.

·       Interface with developers regarding design concepts and communicate all necessary information to apply these details to products while ensuring efficient execution.

·       Maintain specification and material selection accuracy to ensure Bill of Materials (BOM) creation is efficient and effective for all necessary partners.

·       Proactively collaborate with, inform, and communicate with the development team to review design accuracy during the prototype sample process.

·       Maintain an awareness of the competitive environment and how to improve product assets including: technology, market trends, materials, construction, make details, fit and overall quality.

·       Understand principles of product performance, fit, construction, raw materials and how to use them.

·       Become knowledgeable about global sourcing of fabric and trims.

·       Work as a dedicated team player while setting a strong example of timeliness and professionalism in all aspects of work and understanding the development cycle is a fast-paced, constantly changing, deadline and process-driven environment with extremely time-sensitive procedures.

·       Work on special projects as assigned.

·       Flexibility to work long hours when necessary.

·       Travel domestically and internationally as needed.




Work Environment

·       Ability to sit for period of times at the computer/phone.

·       Possible heavy lifting, bending whilst assisting other departments.

·       Ability to possibly stand for durations of time.

·       Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

·       Vision, hearing, speech, and manual and physical dexterity sufficient to conduct product inspections.

·       The ability to travel internationally.

·       Ability to review product through the mindset of in-field testing.


Required Education and Experience

·       This person should have the desire to be an enthusiastic active outdoor enthusiast with an extensive knowledge of products and sports in the outdoor category while also using these products frequently for personal testing.

·       Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design (BID, BFA), Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Mechanical Engineering, or other appropriate technical field; ideally with at least 5-7 years related experience preferably in consumer product design. 

·       An equivalent combination of education and prior experience in the fields of product design, product development, technical design, manufacturing, and production of outdoor equipment and/or apparel is acceptable.

·       Knowledge of cut-and-sew product is required.

·       Excellent working knowledge of MS Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite; experience with Solid Works, Rhino, or similar 3D Rendering software is a plus.

·       Have an exceptional understanding of and ability to create outstanding products.  This attribute can be combined with design thinking, concepting, and modeling/prototyping skills while intrinsically working with an extremely high level of attention to detail.

·       Must have the ability to grasp and apply both general and abstract concepts of product design and development about user/product interaction and construction while exhibiting vision and initiative. This includes being able to interpret product direction to develop compelling designs that can be made into factory ready specifications.

·       Can give and receive clear, timely and effective written and verbal communication.

·       Demonstrate integrity through respect for individuals and exhibit ethical behavior.

·       Have a curious mindset to continually create and grow within the global sourcing and production environment.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


About Big Agnes

Big Agnes is a leading outdoor equipment brand offering tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, insulated outerwear, and camp furniture. Located in the Rocky Mountains, its name sake peak and the playground surrounding it serve as the inspiration to create innovative, high value camping gear that allow you to experience the magic of the outdoors in comfort. Big Agnes is the "Mother of Comfort".