VF Corporation The North Face: Print Design Manager, Creative Services in Alameda, California

Job Description


The Print Design Manager, Creative Services will be an exceptionally creative individual with a global mindset. They are responsible for concepting and executing global print direction for The North Face on a seasonal basis. This role will partner with the Director of Global Color to build a comprehensive print and color palette that aligns with both the business needs for delivery and the seasonal brand vision. This position manages and mentors a team of print designers and is responsible for ensuring high-quality execution of print designs across the brand. Under the Direction of the Creative services director, this role will serve to influence and align product designers toward a seasonal vision as it is expressed through prints.


  • Responsible for concepting and executing global print direction for The North Face on a seasonal basis.

  • Responsible for staying current on print art and execution trends and successfully integrate trends within the framework of The North Face Brand DNA.

  • Partner with Director of Global Color to build comprehensive print and color palette by delivery.

  • Partner with Creative Directors and Design Directors to build territory and category specific iterations of seasonal vision. Create and lead print merchandising strategies and stories seasonally.

  • Initiate and lead cross-functional meetings to gain buy-in and approval on seasonal print palette.

  • Responsible for team of print designers and ensuring high-quality execution of print designs across the brand.

  • Build partnerships with cross functional teams (materials, product development, sourcing) to ensure print concepts are commercialize under specific seasonal timelines.

  • Able to effectively and efficiently work cross functionally over all categories; performance apparel, sportswear apparel, outerwear, equipment, and footwear.

  • Provide print usage concepts to enable design to fully express seasonal creative vision.


  • 8 - 10 years of related professional experience.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Studio Arts, Textile Design, Graphic Design or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Expertise in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.

  • Experience and expertise in the creation of repeat patterns and mill sheets.

  • Experience in designing successful print collections.

  • Experience if leading a team and working cross functionally with color, merchandise and design.

  • Experience in managing complete print cycles from inspiration through production.

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of print and textile design.

  • Strong knowledge of formulating color palettes.

  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to present concepts to product teams and review boards in a persuasive manner, and communicate responsibilities and timelines to designers on team.

  • Strong knowledge of print calendar and milestones.

  • Strong understanding of designing for market, trend, and end uses.

  • Strong knowledge of art history and graphic design principals.

  • Strong knowledge of fabrications and their relation to the print production processes.

  • Basic knowledge of textile and material construction and properties.

  • Travel required: 10%

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.