Director, Advanced Concept Footwear Design

Region: United States of America

State: Oregon

City: Portland

Business Unit: Store Support Centre (SSC)


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, Advanced Concept Footwear Design at lululemon leads the advanced design process and creates world class footwear that is acknowledged as leading in innovation, design, function, fit and quality. You will lead design teams for Advanced Concepts, executing the design strategy ahead of mainline product creation. You will explore, shape, design on advanced timelines and translate innovation work to commercial concepts, connecting UPOV’s to high value innovations. You will support the larger innovation roadmap through a design lens.

Key responsibilities:

·       Lead and manage Advanced Concepts Design team

·       Explore and shape near-term (0-3 years) creative direction/vision/strategy together with Global Merchandising

·       Design and develop, in cooperation with appropriate innovation team members, relevant technologies, construction ideas and patterns through protos – ensuring feel/function/manufacturability. These areas should be striving for disruption, not comping the market.

·       Create stories, exploring and developing new performance innovations, that are born from research results and guest insights, to bring “on brand” industry leading product designs and concepts, delivering against guest needs.

·       Be at the global forefront of design trends and be innovative in their application.

·       Own and coordinate the creative process to ensure that final products meet innovation and mainline / commercial strategic needs and objectives.

·       Collaborate end to end, with innovation team through to product creation teams to ensure concepts are integrated into seasonal ranges and long-term product roadmap plans.

·       Ensure close partnership with Global Merchandising and Development.


  • 12+ years minimum industry experience is required
  • BA, BFA or BS in Design required (or equivalent)
  • 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.