VF Corporation The North Face: Designer, Men's Sportswear Lifestyle in Alameda, California

Job Description


The primary responsibilities of the Designer - A are to provide design work of innovative and technologically advanced products that meet the needs of the company’s customers and end users and which in turn drives company sales and profits. This position should be comfortable designing whole collections around coherent themes, functions, prices, etc. The Designer A should be comfortable providing foundation to design team for a collection, combining all necessary trend, material, and market research into a viable product line. Accountable for the creative production of designs to enhance the product category. Brings a track record of skillful technical design with success on the market and within elite end-users.


  • Responsible for the high-quality execution of designs in a specific collection or category.

  • Works with Product Director and Designer Manager to give input on line and product direction.

  • Execution of individual designs and collections appropriate to product and design brief. Creation of high quality design packages during design process. Use of Illustration and Asst Design resources to support design effort.

  • Responsible for proof of concept work by design team.

  • Tracks a design schedule to ensure a timely completion following the predetermined product development calendar.

  • Researches industry and product periodicals for new information.

  • Creates and communicates visual presentations.

  • Partners with developers to create innovative and technologically advanced products. Partners with material sourcing to develop innovative fabrications.

  • Train and develop Associate Designers.

  • Performs these and other duties as assigned.


  • 5-8 years of related professional experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Design (apparel), or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Experience in flat sketching expertise

  • Hands-on experience with CAD software

  • Experience in creation of design packages and execution of product designs

  • Experience in designing successful products

  • Experience in research and analysis and design cycles

  • Strong knowledge of formulating color palettes

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of apparel construction

  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to present concepts to product teams and review boards in a persuasive manner

  • Strong knowledge of product cycles

  • Basic knowledge of manufacturing processes

  • Strong knowledge of aesthetic form and the ability to design for different consumers and end uses

  • Basic knowledge of textile and material construction and properties

  • Basic knowledge of product costs and impact of design

Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.

VF Diversity Vision Statement

VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.