Designer, Active

Atlanta, Georgia
23 Oct 2020
23 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time


At SPANX, we believe in the whole person. We listen. We empower. We invent, innovate and iterate with one goal in mind: to make the world a better place... one butt at a time! You have an amazingly dynamic life and your career is one piece of the puzzle – we hope you will become a big piece of ours. In 2000, Sara Blakely had a party to go to, a pair of white pants, and a struggle to find the right undergarments. So, she cut the feet out of her control-top pantyhose, creating a smooth canvas to wear under her clothes. Through sheer tenacity and a strong belief in herself, she revitalized the hosiery industry and created a new category. Since her original invention of footless pantyhose, SPANX has created thousands of other products – all centered around creating wardrobe solutions and empowering customers to look and feel their best. We dream big, think forward, and give back. We challenge the status quo and aim high. We hustle hard, but we never take ourselves too seriously… because where’s the fun in that?

About the Role

The Designer for Active is responsible for supporting the Design Director to create and deliver innovative, brand right products and solutions that support strategic initiatives across the Active category. In partnership with the Design Director, they will help define, interpret, and drive the creative direction for seasonal product assortments. The Designer will use exceptional design skills and knowledge of the current market to create innovative commercially viable products, from concept to production.

You’ll Love It Because You Will…

• Responsible for managing the design process from concept to completion while partnering with the Director to ensure alignment on priorities and direction

• Drive research and analysis of upcoming fashion, market trends, and competitive product offerings to understand the overall market and to identify opportunities relevant to our product

• Think innovatively at all stages of the creative, design, and development process

• Responsible for supporting and creating key milestone presentation materials

• Responsible for creating, organizing, and updating weekly design documents to support cross-functional teams • Create design flats, tech packs, and BOMs for overseas manufacturers to interpret prototypes

• Owns proto-type development, fit intent and base size sign off process and preliminary color inspiration for Active

• Ensure garments meet fit, comfort, and construction goals for their respective categories

• Partner with merchandising to assort the line and develop a product that aligns to business strategy

• Build strong and synergistic relationships with cross-functional partners; Merchandising, PD, Technical, Innovation, Raw Materials Sourcing, and Production

• Adherence to milestone deadlines and expectations through each milestone point

We Require…

• 5+ years of experience in Activewear Design with demonstrated success

• Strong aesthetic with exceptional active silhouette, color, and trend forecasting ability

• Passionate about identifying key active innovations and solutions and determining how they appropriately relate to the brand/consumer

• You are a dreamer, thinker, creator, and world-class innovator

• Expert understanding of the active marketplace and competitive set

• Strong knowledge of fit, fabric, and, construction details

• Experienced in leading fit sessions with a product development team and cross-functional partners

• Understands margin and cost goals within the design process from beginning to end

• Expert in creating technical packages to communicating design needs to in house and overseas partners

• Requires knowledge of sewing techniques, pattern construction, grading, and costing
• Entrepreneurial, highly motivated self- starter with the ability to influence, troubleshoot, and problem solve

• Excellent presentation and story-telling skills, including print, digital platforms, and storyboards

• Strong collaborator that has experience working with multi-disciplined teams

• Travel domestic and international (vendor on-sites trips, trade shows, market shopping)

• Proficient in PLM, Microsoft Office, Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, 3D experience preferred not required