Posted on: May 11, 2022 | Job#: R40651

Associate Designer

Full time | One Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA, US 94105


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About Athleta

For the past 22 years, we’ve committed ourselves and our brand to a single aim: to empower all women and girls. Inspiration. Collaboration. Connection. Inclusivity. It’s what we do best, and we’re on the hunt for people who share our passion for leading an active lifestyle, growing personally as well as professionally, and creating game-changing products and experiences. 

We use business as a force for good by putting people and the planet right up there with profit, which is why Athleta is a certified B Corp. Ready to make a move? Join us. Because we know that alone we’re strong, but together we’re unstoppable.

About the Role

At  Athleta, our mission is to ignite a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls who empower each other to reach their limitless potential.  We're looking for those who continually push themselves to be their best while celebrating inclusivity & diversity, sustainability, innovation, and equality.   We concept and create solves with the customer at our core.  We work as a team and recognize the value of being a part of something bigger.  

As an Associate Designer for Accessories, you will contribute to four seasonal collections per year, as well as additional capsule collections and special projects. You will report into the Design Director of Accessories, work closely with the Design Team, and partner with cross functional team members who collectively are responsible for creating innovative product that is famous for its sustainable technical beauty.   

What You'll Do

  • Research global markets in order to identify new trends, pieces, fabrics, techniques, embellishments, collaborations, and sport  
  • Support Design Director in initiating designs beginning with thorough research to communicate seasonal trend & inspiration  
  • Support Design Director in balancing fashion & trend within the line plan - drive core category evolution and development of emerging businesses opportunities  
  • Assist in design innovation and high-level brand strategy exploration:  research and create mock-up briefs in collaboration with Design Director 
  • Ownership in building all seasonal tools (using programs such as Illustrator, InDesign, and Miro) and updating throughout each seasonal gate  
  • Sketch in 2D with Illustrator software; hand sketching a plus; 3D sketching ability an advantage  
  • Partner with Product Engineering to tech pack and communicate vision behind fit & design, ensuring execution, quality, and desired margin targets  
  • Pre-fit prototypes (ensuring fit intent, styling, constructions); participate in weekly fittings  
  • Work with Product Engineering to elevate construction, craft techniques and considered design language with performance end-use principles  
  • Own tech pack creation and BOM component list; partner closely with Product Engineering throughout the season with a focus on the details in order to create beautiful, elevated products 
  • Assist in submitting sample proto requests each season and communication with our offsite development team  
  • Attend all cross functional meetings and provide thorough recap/follow up for Designer/Lead 

Who You Are

  • Dynamic, team-oriented attitude; positive energy with an ability to take feedback   
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, being able to juggle multiple seasons at one time  
  • Curiosity to explore new ideas  
  • Strong sense of style and color with a considered aesthetic with an eye toward detail   
  • Thorough knowledge of silhouette, fit, fabrication, and construction  
  • Proficiency in Illustrator and Photoshop with an understanding of PLM; 3D design software knowledge a plus!  
  • Confident presentation skills, capable of influencing an audience  
  • Well-crafted communication and organizational skills, inclusive of tracking development deadlines   
  • Ability to travel globally for factory visits, trend/tradeshows, design meetings, etc.  
  • Minimum of 3+ years experience in apparel design  




Benefits at Athleta

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet for all employees.
  • One of the most competitive Paid Time Off plans in the industry.*
  • Employees can take up to five “on the clock” hours each month to volunteer at a charity of their choice.*
  • Extensive 401(k) plan with company matching for contributions up to four percent of an employee’s base pay.*
  • Employee stock purchase plan.*
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance.*
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*For eligible employees

Gap Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status. We have received numerous awards for our long-held commitment to equality and will continue to foster a diverse and inclusive environment of belonging. This year, we’ve been named as one of the Best Places to Work by the Human Rights Campaign for the seventeenth consecutive year and have been included in the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the fourth year in a row.


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