Footwear Designer II - NB101

1 month ago
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Product Design


New Balance has a history of 100 years of enduring performance and is still running strong today. Part of what makes New Balance so unique is our commitment to making products that not only provide performance, but also superior fit and comfort. The same attention that is placed on our athletic shoes and apparel is also placed on our associates. New Balance thrives because of the passion and dedication of the people we hire. We rely on our associates to match our enthusiasm for the business and to help drive consumers to move further, faster and more frequently. We seek associates who are always on the move. Associates who push themselves forward and are motivated to move New Balance forward. Ask yourself: Are you ready to move the world?


NB101 is a cross brand initiative that works across both performance and lifestyle on mid level product bringing the best of the brand to the consumer at key price points. As a Footwear Designer 2 for NB101, you will be responsible for designing product that meets the category needs and aligns with the overall brand creative direction. Tasks and responsibilities include consumer research, concept sketching, biomechanics engineering, concept visualization, 2D/3D drawing and execution. You will be responsible for keeping up to date on competitor products, consumer habits and market trends. You will work closely with the TRIAD (design, development, and product management) to communicate ideas and create inspiring products based on consumer insight and marketing briefs. As a member of the NB design team you are helping to realize brand’s future. We are looking for talented designers that want to take NB into the next generation.


Travel requirements:

Actively participate in creative vision during off-sites and other design events.

Asia development trips to represent category and complete multiple projects.

Consumer insight travel domestically and internationally



New Balance is located in Boston, MA. We have two centers of excellence around design. Performance Design is located in our R & D Center north of Boston. Our Lifestyle design team is located at our brand new corporate headquarters in Brighton, MA.


  • Minimum 3 years footwear design experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial design and/or Fashion design or related area

  • Must have proficiency in design programs such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Keynote. Modo a plus

  • Solid understanding of footwear design, construction, materials, sourcing and commercialization

  • 2D/3D drawing by hand or computer and have ability to visualize concepts

  • Strong skills in core design competencies: color, materials, sketching, concept ideation, presenting, problem-solving

  • Strong communication skills

  • Detail oriented, team player, ability to meet deadlines


Our Benefit Offerings:


We’re happy to provide traditional benefits, but to us, the greatest benefit of working at New Balance is taking advantage of additional programs that will enhance your life at work and at home as you grow with our business. Our benefits, at a glance, include:

  • 401k plan with employer match
  • Generous vacation package and paid holidays
  • Paid time off to volunteer in the community
  • Fitness Reimbursement Program
  • Discounted Health Club Memberships
  • Corporate Gift Matching
  • 40% associate discount

Your Career Development:


While the company looks to achieve strategic goals, each associate is encouraged to take ownership and mold their development process as they conquer their personal aspirations. To guide you in the process we offer traditional and nontraditional development opportunities, including mentor programs, to help you move your body or career, in which our executives participate as mentors. We also offer customized team sessions, on and off-site seminars and tuition reimbursement.


New Balance provides equal opportunities for all current and prospective associates and takes affirmative action to ensure that employment, training, compensation, transfer, promotion and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment are provided without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, handicap, genetic information and/or status as an Armed Forces service medal veteran, recently separated veteran, qualified disabled veteran or other protected veteran.


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