VF Corporation Vans Jr 3D Footwear Modeler in Costa Mesa, California

Job Description

Vans: Be a Part of the Original

“It was never about waving the brand like a flag, it was always about the people” – Paul Van Doren

Vans is the original action sports footwear company rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, Vans has thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through Vans’ four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the expressive creators within our company and community as they bring new and innovative perspectives to help shape and transform the future of our business.

At Vans our culture sets us apart and it influences everything we do. Everything we do supports creativity and we are driven by our five values. We are determined. We are connected to our consumers and to each other. We are inclusive. We are expressive and Fun. And most of all, we are a family.

Vans is a subsidiary of VF, the world’s largest apparel and footwear company comprised of over 30 brands. We are the leading drivers of retail as our global footwear, apparel and accessory brand is available in 170 countries worldwide. As we continue to expand, we take great measures in developing and growing our people.

Vans is founded on a culture of learning. We take great pride in our ability to facilitate learning opportunities by providing the resources and tools necessary to support each individual’s pursuit of growth to achieve future goals. In order to prioritize career growth within our company, Vans offers courses on topics such as leadership, communication, collaboration and technical skills to ensure our employees are self-motivated and developing to the pace of our rapidly growing business.

By joining the Vans family, you will be immersed into an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work very hard across a multitude of large initiatives to bring the Van Doren spirit to life. We live for what we do.

Footwear Modeler – 3D: Become the Newest Member of the Vans Family

Vans, the original action sports footwear company since 1966, is searching for an innovative and talented 3D Footwear Modeler who has the unique scope and ability to work directly with both footwear and apparel teams. As a designer, you will use your creative and technical skills to motivate and inspire designers to achieve new 3D virtual samples that are constantly better than the last season. You will be faced with the exciting yet rewarding challenge to create and implement 3D Virtualization strategies in both footwear and apparel products. The team will innovate both 3D virtual samples and drive the 3D design technology and process in the Product Design department as a whole. Your efforts will greatly impact the end product for both footwear and apparel and will speak to directly to the consumer.

How You Will Move the Needle:

This position works directly with the Footwear design teams on the creation of 3D virtual samples. Responsible for partnering and communicating with Merchandising/Catalog teams on 3D virtual samples to create presentation assets. Responsible for managing 3d printer and printing operations. Generate/curate digital materials Proactively create 3D design opportunities within the brand.

Skills for Success:

Years of Related Professional Experience: 2+

Educational/ Position Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree from a four year college or equivalent in Industrial Design, VFX Digital Animation

  • 2+ Years 3D Design Experience: Modo, Maya, 3D Studio Max, Cinema 4D, Blender, Zbrush, Rhino, Solidworks, Keyshot, Colorway

  • Proficiency in Illustrator, Photoshop, Word, Keynote and experienced with building design presentations

  • Experience in 3D printing equipment strong preferred

  • Experience in working with design tech packages and executing of product designs strongly preferred

  • Experience in designing successful products, in research and analysis and design cycles and with developing advanced concepts


  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to present and critique concepts in a group setting

  • Must be capable of working within a team environment

  • Ability to manage multiple projects during the product creation cycle

  • Knowledge and understanding of apparel and footwear construction

  • Knowledge of product cycles and manufacturing processes

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

  • Knowledge of textile and material construction and properties

  • Knowledge of product costs and impact of design

  • Willing and able to grow skillset as time and techniques change

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • May have to work with hazardous materials (Designer should take precautions when using these materials to eliminate any health risks)

  • Bend, lift, open and move product and related office items varying in weight from 1 to 25lbs, depending on need

  • Periodic travel required (< 10%), including air travel

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.