Director, Footwear Materials Design

Region: United States of America

State: Oregon

City: Portland

Business Unit: Store Support Centre (SSC)

Description & Requirements

Who we are

lululemon is a yoga-inspired technical apparel company up to big things. The practice and philosophy of yoga informs our overall purpose to elevate the world through the power of practice. We are proud to be a growing global company with locations all around the world, from Vancouver to Shanghai, and places in between. We owe our success to our innovative product, our emphasis on our stores, our commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we get to make in every community we are in.

About this team

The Footwear design team is a diverse group of creative and strategic thinkers, who are future thinking, detail-orientated and solution focused. They are at the forefront of performance and lifestyle footwear and aware of macro trends and how this relates to the sportswear industry. They are strong communicators who value and develop their cross functional relationships. This is a team of high performers who are constantly striving to develop personally and professionally, practicing open feedback in a trusting space.

A day in the life:

The Director, Footwear Materials Design at lululemon leads the strategic and creative direction for footwear materials design and creation. You will manage strategic planning of the materials pipeline and opportunities through “feel” and “activity” lenses. You will direct the design, creation and application of these materials into the footwear ranges. You will lead, manage and develop the materials design team.

Key responsibilities:

·       Lead and manage Materials Design team

·       Identify existing, and creating new material trends (through lens of lululemon IP ownership)

·       Forge material toolboxes for Performance and OTM footwear ranges

·       Elevate new technologies that influence new models as well as elevate existing materials for carryover models

·       Support BePlanet ambitions to create tangible sustainability tiers for materials

·       Create seasonal material newness, celebrating seasonal product creative direction

·       Accountable for performance results by creating materials to pass and exceed performance test standards, as well as excel in feel (user testing) and bring premium value in visual, texture and haptic.

·       Ensure close collaboration and partnership with Innovation, Development and Merchandising

·       Drive process discipline with your team by aligning calendars and streamlining the design process to enable creativity


  • 12+ years minimum industry experience is required
  • BA, BFA or BS in Materials/Textile Design required (or equivalent)
  • Footwear experience, materials and knit specialist
  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator
  • Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, Excel, Word, Mac platform

·       An understanding in 3D design would be a benefit

Must haves:

•Acknowledges the presence of choice in every moment and takes personal responsibility for their life.

• Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and continuously innovates to achieve great results.

• Communicates with honesty and kindness and creates the space for others to do the same.

• Leads with courage, knowing the possibility of greatness is bigger than the fear of failure.

• Fosters connection by putting people first and building trusting relationships.

• Integrates fun and joy as a way of being and working, aka doesn’t take themselves too seriously.