Apparel Design Lead


  • Publication date:

    30 July 2022
  • Workload:

  • Contract:

    Unlimited employment

Apparel Design Lead

At a Glance:

The Apparel Design Lead will be instrumental to execute the design direction for On’s apparel creative vision within the team and across product creation. This position will lead the apparel design team to bring together the best of both worlds, fashion and innovative performance wear that also reflects On’s clear design language and heritage. Despite the fact that our DNA is undoubtedly performance running and that we want to cater to the highest of functional requirements, we insist that our designers are, besides their personal interest in sport, up to date and well informed  about what’s going on in the world of contemporary design and fashion.

Your Team:

You will work in the On design studio within an international team, shaping the future On product line up. The design team includes footwear, apparel and spatial designers who all closely collaborate with shoe developers, product managers, material and innovation specialists, art directors and marketing professionals.

Your Mission:


Product Creation, Trends & Processes

  • Execute the direction, ideation, conception and design of On’s apparel and soft accessories in close collaboration with the Head of Apparel Design and rest of the product creation teams to achieve a holistic brand image across product categories 

  • You will develope concepts, mock-ups, visuals, 2D and 3D files for new projects.

  • You will fuel the team with the latest trends in the performance industry and fashion/streetwear scene but you also have that gut feel on what to design next without relying on forecasts of trend researcher

  • You think out of the box when designing new products and you’re courageous to come up with unique designs that disrupt the market.

  • Sustainability is not just marketing for you it’s a key component of your everyday work. You bring fundamental knowledge of industry standards and you have the goal to set the bar higher. You are keen to work closely with innovation to come up with new material solutions for the apparel team.

Teams & Systems

  • Represent apparel design on the product creation triad(Product Management, Design, Development) by help driving On’s product vision, future growth strategies, diversity & inclusion and innovation 

  • Manage the day to day of On’s apparel design team and liaise with its network of internal and external stakeholders

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders in Product Development, Material, Innovation, Marketing and Sales to build and sell-in the range. Work at this complex cross section of interests and know how to push and drive projects.

Your Story:

  • You have a higher education within apparel, textile or fashion design 

  • You have 8+ years of design experience in the performanceand/or fashion apparel industry; you also are knowledgeable about latest trends in the fashion/streetwear scene

  • Strong experience in developing, shaping and directing a creative vision and brand direction in partnership with marketing and development

  • You have several years of people management experience with at least 3-5 direct reports

  • You know the global apparel market with its different regions and competitors

  • You are experienced and can work autonomously executing and build strategically a holistic and forward thinking product portfolio in collaboration with stakeholders

  • You have demonstrated exceptional design skills, taste and progressive design aesthetic 

  • You have exceptional product engineering skills, in order to make the design development more tangible and create mock-ups or even prototypes

  • You have an entrepreneurial spirit, a high sense of responsibility and the ability to manage and drive a project.

  • You have excellent communication and storytelling skills in both written and spoken English

What we offer:

We offer a dynamic, challenging and sportive environment that has been ranked as the‘fastest growing sports company’ of its time. With offices across the globe, we are an international team who is hungry to innovate and build something incredible. We foster an active environment where each individual thrives for excellence and can achieve their full potential. This is where your work matters, you’re hands-on and your team members are amongst the very best in their respective disciplines and fields. 

If you are driven to bring On to the next level, curious about the opportunity and want to be part of our growing team send us your application, and join the ONiverse!



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