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Lead Designer, Apparel & Footwear Materials, Color and Graphics



Beaverton, OR, USA
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

Become a Part of the NIKE, Inc. Team

NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world’s best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At NIKE, Inc. it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

Soul, performance and style take flight at Jordan Brand. With its deep roots in basketball, the Jordan Brand began as an homage to one player: Michael Jordan. Since then, Jordan has become synonymous with peak performance and an endless pursuit of greatness. Employees in merchandising, product branding, sports marketing and sales bring creativity, innovation and audacious design to footwear and apparel, all with one mission in mind: help athletes fly on and off the court.

With a storied heritage dating back to 1984, Jordan Brand is the definitive home to basketball culture. To this day, our mission remains simple: To inspire and empower the next generation to take Flight. As the pace of the Global consumer is rapidly changing all around the world, the Nike Express Lane looks to create inspiring product closer to the consumer. Deepening connection and operating with speed, the APLA (Asia Pacific Latin America) Express Lane team looks to serve consumers with speed and specificity with a focus on the Key Cities of Tokyo, Seoul & Mexico City.


We’re looking for a Lead Designer, Color & Graphics for Footwear & Apparel who will work with a cross-functional team of design, product management, and development partners. The ideal candidate is a creative who understands how to deliver story and style. Through the design of Footwear and Apparel product, this role will create industry leading head-to-toe collections that connect with local consumer expression through authentic local narratives. The candidate will craft unique work with Color and Graphic Design in conjunction with Materials, Trims and Details to create highly covetable product that connects to the Streetwear and Lifestyle consumer in their local market. They have an eye for detail and motivation to craft premium product. This role has a unique opportunity to drive hyper local narrative and a comprehensive vision for style that resonates with Streetwear and Lifestyle consumers in the Asia Pacific Latin America (APLA) geography. Ideal candidates will have previous experience with the APLA consumer and marketplace, with a particular focus on Japan and South-Korea.


This designer will work with their cross-functional partners to understand the needs of the consumer and create an inspiring product narrative using market trend and local cultural insights. They will create a vision for Footwear & Apparel collections by telling unique hyper local stories that resonate with Streetwear and Lifestyle consumers. They will make world class head-to-toe product expressions using Graphic and Color Design in collaboration with Materials, Trim and Development experts. Most importantly, they will craft unique, highly sought after product that connects on a deeper level.

If this is you, you’ll be working with the Jordan and APLA Express Lane teams to design Footwear and Apparel products that bring energy to local markets.

Day-to-day tasks include: consumer and trend research, project management, communicating design intent through presentations and mood boards, sketching and exploration, collaboration with others designers, design reviews, product CAD and tech pack creation.


You will be working with APLA geography experts in insights, marketing, product, development and design with a strong connection to the Jordan Brand. You will collaborate with functional experts and leadership in Color, Material, Graphic and Footwear and Apparel Product Design across various parts of the business.


  • Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design, Product Design or relevant combination of education, experience or training.
  • 6+ years relevant work experience in Graphic Design, Color Design, or Product Design
  • Strong passion for research and gathering cultural and market insights
  • Effective communicator and collaborator with cross-functional partners
  • Proven ability to create concepts, iterate and collaborate with a multi-disciplinary product and creative team in a fast-paced environment
  • Understanding and ability to concept based on a comprehensive head-to-toe design expression inclusive of footwear and apparel
  • Connection to contemporary art & design, sport and streetwear trends
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and timelines
  • Creates graphics that are Industry leading, trend right and that consistently incorporate consumer/athlete insights through powerful storytelling, emotional connectivity and relevance
  • Produces presentation materials in conjunction with design and category teams that effectively communicate the concept behind the line for internal and external audiences
  • Proficient ability to apply and perform color and graphic design skills, including drawing/sketching, typography, ideation, color theory, use of texture, spacing, and scale, visual presentation development and layout that is supported by a portfolio of non-computer-based creative art and graphic design
  • Uses advanced design skills to create original graphic and/or textile designs that appropriately reflect Nike brand design ethos
  • Computer literate using Mac platforms and very digital design savvy in design-based software (Creative Suite)
  • Experience with 3D and AI Design tools is not required, but is a plus

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.