Senior Industrial soft goods and equipment designer for Kelty

Exxel Outdoors, LLC k

Boulder, CO

Mar 18
Job Description

Industrial Senior Soft Goods and Equipment Designer KELTY                         

Are you a Senior Industrial Designer, with 5 or more years’ experience in a soft goods, equipment outdoors business? You have dealt with the cut and sew world and are a talented, passionate, outdoor lovin’ designer, and you want to  join the coveted KELTY product design team in a senior role!  KELTY is a trusted brand for backpacking and camping gear. No one believes in work hard, play hard more than KELTY. So, if you’re ready to help push the boundaries of design and gear, check out the details below and apply to join us in the pursuit of outdoor awesomeness!

The Sr. Designer will lead and develop market disruptive, creative design concepts and solutions that address the specific product requirements as formalized in the design briefs. The Sr. Designer will develop new products under Kelty’s design principles which will coincide with Kelty’s overall brand strategy. They will report to the Sr. Creative Director to translate design concepts, sketches, drawings, and prototypes into the final product sample.

Responsibilities and Duties

Required to design new products under Kelty’s design principles which will contain more specific design and pattern language that can be interpreted by developers and applied to products through their individual style and design ideology.
Collaborate with the Sr. Creative Director to continually improve product design communications (related to product design) with domestic and overseas vendors. 
Identify and lead new processes and procedures that will help increase the efficiency of the product design to development cycle.
Ability to communicate effective color strategies that can be applied to specific product lines, which and are consistent with Kelty’s overall color strategy.
Ensure an efficient communication process with development team.
Required to keep up with the latest market trends, new technologies, and product requirements emerging from each of these markets.
Ensure design communication skills (sketches, renderings, illustrations) are put together in an effective development package which can be sent overseas to begin the sampling portion of the product development cycle. The design package should be clear, understandable, and comprehensive which can be interpreted by an overseas vendor/product developer and translated into an accurate, functional prototype.
Understand and interpret market and retailer trends and gain knowledge of competitors' products, pricing, styling, fabrications, and sales programs.
Must be able to clearly present product concepts, prototypes and samples to large groups.                                    
Travel to industry trade shows, development trips and retailer presentations.
Ability to interpret product testing and evaluate the results in a way that improves a products functionality, style, quality, and success in the marketplace.
Tests working prototypes to ensure any newly developed design features function as intended.
Advises upper management immediately of all problems and problem trends; recommending possible actions that could correct the problem.
Coach and mentors team members on a regular basis.  

Position Requirements

Undergraduate degree, in Industrial Design.
Minimum 5 years of practical experience in product design.
Must be able to function effectively in a team first environment and earn the respect of team members through actions and contributions.
Work well under pressure and managing multiple deadlines.
Individual should possess an in-depth understanding and working knowledge of outdoor soft and/or hard goods.
Strong computer skills and knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop and Windows, Alias, Solid Works
Takes personal responsibility, optimistic outlook, strong networking skills, and results oriented
Must have knowledge of pattern making, apparel fitting and an understanding of technical manufacturing issues, to ensure an efficient communication process between developer, and sample maker.
Must be versed in the complexities of coatings, finishes, manufacturing processes, and applications of textiles, foams, composites, and metals.
Must be able to travel (20%)
Must have the design communication skills (sketches, renderings, illustrations) to put together an effective development package, which can be sent overseas to begin the sampling portion of the product development cycle.
We offer a competitive salary, gear allowance, awesome employee discounts on multiple brands, a great team environment and just all kinds of exciting benefit options. So send us your resume if this interests you!

Exxel Outdoors, LLC

In April 2015, American Recreation Products and Exxel Outdoors merged to become a new company, Exxel Outdoors, LLC. We are now the leading provider of high quality, innovative outdoor recreation products as well as being the largest sleeping bag company manufactured in the United States. We maintain a broad and constantly growing range of authentic outdoor brands in equipment and apparel for the backyard camper to the high alpine expedition mountaineer. Exxel Outdoors is a collection of some of the best-known and best-loved brands in the outdoor industry, offering a wide variety of gear to compliment any outdoor pursuit. Our family of brands includes Kelty, Sierra Designs, Ultimate Direction, Slumberjack, Wenzel, Insta-Bed, Serta Airbeds, Suisse Sport, X2O Water Sports, Hex, Acembly, Master Sportsman, Tadpool, Disney Licensed and Hello Kitty products. By drawing upon decades of experience and a love of the outdoors, we develop, test, and produce some of the finest camping, backpacking, outdoor equipment, and apparel available. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado, our Warehouse/Distribution Center is in Reno Nevada with our manufacturing and production plant in Haleyville, Alabama. We are a company that is focused on delivering quality and innovative products to our customers. We are always looking for talented people with a passion for the outdoors to join our team. Is this what you're looking for? If so, apply with us! We would love to have you. If you have a general question, please email us at hr@exxel.com.

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