Backpack / Accessories Designer : Rohnert Park : Full-Time

The Senior Designer works closely with the Category Merchandise Manager, Equipment and the Equipment Design and Development Team to lead the design effort for assigned categories and projects (including Tents, Sleeping Bags, Backpacks, Luggage and accessories). The incumbent assists in initiating and interpreting new product concepts to meet the needs of Marmot® customers and professional athletes. This position creates unique innovation that maintains the Marmot® brand’s technical leadership in the Outdoor Market. The Senior Designer, Equipment manages design projects from initial design direction to bulk production to ensure project goals are achieved and deadlines are reached. The incumbent assumes a lead role in the category for communicating and presenting creative strategies, product concepts and consumer insights to internal and external audiences. This position mentors junior members of the design team and works closely with Category Manager throughout creative process.

  • Collaborate with Category Merchandise Manager, Equipment to create new products and innovations on time and within budget. Incorporate the Product Direction and Product Briefs provided by the Category Merchandise Manager, Equipment in conjunction with feedback from concept meetings to determine solutions to functional and design challenges. Create design concepts that reflect the goals of the Equipment Category and apply solutions to functional and design challenges. Work within cost and manufacturing limitations.

  • Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead a team

  • Partner with Design Director on creative direction

  • Execution of creation

  • Drive execution across multiple categories & Brands

  • Hands on design

  • Contribute to the development of sales strategies and stories for product based on innovation and sellable features that will enhance marketing of the product.

  • Drive innovation and technology into commercially viable product within the parameters of the Brand strategy.

  • Accurately determine, anticipate and validate future trends, technologies and cultural drivers to expand and grow the assortment across all categories.

  • Accountable for driving the business by building profitable, market right, consumer product that is in line with the department and company financial targets.

  • Experience working with factories and PD teams, developing fabric, technology and construction innovation.

  • Ensure product design execution is within target costs and margin requirements.

  • Work with sales, marketing, business development, key accounts and athletes to identify opportunities to meet or build consumer demand for Marmot® products, to improve market share through new fabric, construction and product concepts, and to develop seasonal strategies.

  • Research the worldwide marketplace and interpret consumer and market needs as they relate to the respective product category.This includes researching construction, materials, fabric, color and design concepts and collecting feedback from customers and athletes. Attend selected trade shows for market research and attend sales meetings to gain a thorough understanding of customer and product requirements.

  • Apply knowledge of product construction, design and appropriate software, in addition to tactical problem solving skills, to prioritize and produce a variety of backpack, Tent, Sleeping Bag and equipment specifications.

  • Communicate complex details and specifications to a variety of contractors where English is limited.

  • Work on multiple tasks concurrently, requiring the ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities and details, while adhering to timelines, to keep the operations on schedule.


  • BA/BS degree in Industrial Design, or equivalent experience in design and development

  • 8- 10+ years of relevant work experience in various phases of product design, construction and manufacturing

  • Travel required. Must be free to travel domestically and internationally

  • Extensive knowledge of backpack, sleeping bag, tent and other equipment construction, material construction, product testing and properties, costing, fabrics and trims

  • Advanced knowledge ofAdobe Illustrator required

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; intermediate Microsoft Excel skills required

  • Thorough understanding of the design, development and merchandising process from inception through production

  • Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing and write routine reports

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instruction, and procedure manuals

  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, coworkers and vendors

  • Ability to calculate dimensions, proportions and percentages

  • Demonstrates high level of professionalism

  • Ability to self-manage workload and work independently

  • Aptitude to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and execute on-time to desired outcome

  • A team player puts aside personal goals and works well with others, doing what needs to be done to strive for a common goal

  • Displays exceptional organizational and planning skills with high level of detail orientation and aptitude for problem-solving