Senior Color Designer, Footwear

We pioneered a fitness movement and we are still pioneering today. Every day we are creating products for those who love fitness as much as we do; products that allow you to get every ounce out of your work-out, run, walk, yoga, step or dance class.

We believe fitness is a way of life… that as humans we were made to move. Movement not only makes your body stronger, it makes you the best possible you…body, mind and spirit.

At Reebok, our employees embrace this mission and are encouraged to reach for their fitness goals – as well as their career and personal goals. It’s part of the fabric of who we are and what we stand for.


The Senior Color Designer is responsible researching, identifying and presenting the color palette for each season to the Reebok footwear categories. Reporting to the Director of Trend + Color, this individual works with the creative direction team, including Apparel Color Designers, to ensure a clear color direction is communicated and adopted across all product categories and follows the seasonal design direction set by the Creative Director and Senior Management team.

Key Accountabilities:

Color Trend + Concept Design

  • Create seasonal color palettes, standards and concepts leveraging and translating trends in fashion and culture, competition, Reebok’s Design DNA and other inspiration catalysts
  • Formulate color stories, palettes, and combinations and ensure their translation, placement, and overall cross-category themes are retail viable
  • Use relevant and appropriate resources and research methods to accurately determine, anticipate and validate current and future trends in color, design, fashion, activewear, materials and fitness gear
  • Ensure that seasonal color direction is relevant to the market and brand
  • Make accurate assessments and projections of competitor strengths and weaknesses in the global market relative to the Reebok brand, products and product lines, including market presence, tactics, merchandising and trends
  • Travel to markets, shows, and domestic/international venues to research design, color, market and lifestyle trends on a monthly basis

Color Direction + Communication

  • Communicate color, design, market and lifestyle trends using digital presentations, installations, created collateral and color reports to Design, cross-functional Product Teams and the Reebok community
  • Develop and create collateral, including imagery, palettes, written copy and video, for workshops, milestone presentations and one-on-one meetings
  • Effectively and efficiently navigate and use Reebok software tools, systems, forms and templates, including briefs and tech packs, to capture and communicate design and product information throughout the design cycle
  • Communicate color digitally with palettes, imagery and informative infographic representations; select appropriate methods of communication to accurately convey technical information in informal and formal situations
  • Freely speculate and employ multi-dimensional thinking to ideate and discover new perspectives, viewpoints or approaches during brainstorming or sketch settings
  • Ensure product successfully meets brand aesthetic and adheres to Reebok design DNA
  • Direct blocking and color application strategy in concert with category surface designers, interfacing with footwear designers and product marketers
  • Select and ensure that color, graphics/prints, materials, fit and trims enhance product aesthetic, work within overall design range; ensure that overall design has market appeal
  • Apply knowledge of color dyeing and lab-dip process
  • Assess potential cost / margin impact involving color application with varying footwear components
  • Research and deliver content pertaining to new technologies for performance products, or fashion influences to sports-based lifestyle products or graphics

Knowledge, Skills + Abilities:

  • Knowledge of color trends and how they evolve
  • Knowledge of color mixing, color compatibility and color placement
  • Knowledge of footwear design, materials and construction/processes
  • Present effectively and communicate confidently to all levels of the organization, including Senior Management
  • Work independently as well as collaboratively to perform a variety of tasks with different levels of complexity by developing effective planning and organizing
  • Participate conscientiously and with accountability with own and cross-functional teams, and facilitate effective team outcomes
  • Negotiate skillfully, balancing authority, directness and forcefulness with diplomacy in situations with both internal and external groups
  • Communicate updates and project status to the team and others in a timely and appropriate manner
  • Receive and give feedback in a positive, constructive manner


  1. 8+ years of design experience in footwear and/or color
  2. Advanced level Adobe Illustrator; Photoshop and InDesign a plus
  3. Have managed or mentored more junior designers in this area
  4. Bachelor’s degree in fashion, product or industrial design or fine arts

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