• Design Director

    Job Locations UK-London
    Job Function
    Product - Brand
    Full Time
  • General Function



    Cat Footwear comes from a world of industry and action. A world where you can build anything. Where effort is everything. Where hard work pays off. Where others see obstacles, we see opportunity. We are Earthmovers. Distributed in more than 150 countries, the brand has grown from a small collection of work boots into a global lifestyle brand.


    The Design Director researches, designs and develops market appropriate footwear across all categories. Leads, directs and coaches lifestyle design team and development teams and manages product development resources.

    Primary Duties

    • Work with VP Global Product in setting seasonal vision and seasonal line strategy.
    • Designs and develops market appropriate footwear within project development guidelines. 
    • Lead London Design team and outside designers on design brief, seasonal theme, creation of designs, line building.
    • Partners with marketing team to collaborate on seasonal stories and inform on all key selling features and benefits of finished product.  
    • Interacts with product team and materials team to direct material seasonal needs.
    • Interpret seasonal trends and filter these through the brand DNA.
    • Creates seasonal color palettes in collaboration with product team. 
    • Work with Asia-Development group with ”design to cost” mentality.
    • Work with Development to ensure product ideation is brought to life.  Ensure that patterns, construction and outsole blueprints are in line with design with overseas factories for production. 
    • Works with Advanced Concept team to share and learn new innovations
    • Works with Advanced Concept team on PDM 3D designs. 
    • Establish and continuously use effective communication channels to ensure the team is kept aware of all-relevant product and business issues.
    • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

    • 7+ years footwear design experience.
    • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
    • Knowledge of footwear shoemaking – constructions, materials and usages.
    • Must have CAD/Adobe experience.
    • Experience in shoe sample rooms/development facilities.
    • Pattern making/cutting skills.
    • Working knowledge of shoe components and materials, especially leather.
    • Working knowledge of fitting processes and requirements
    • Working knowledge of sole moulding and mould making.
    • Appreciation of design proportions and aesthetic requirements.
    • Excellent presentation skills. 
    • Excellent people and interpersonal skills.
    • Strong communication skills.



      Normal office environment.  International and domestic travel. 

    Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).


    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.


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