Spanx, Inc.

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Active and Swim Designer

Active and Swim Designer

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Spanx is a brand for women, by women.  We obsess comfort, deliver results and ensure you look as good as you feel.  We think forward, and give back.  We believe that we are stronger together.  And together, we will make the world a better place…one butt at a time.


Create and execute innovative, trend-appropriate design concepts that meet market needs and drive sales.


  • Develop comprehensive knowledge of the active and swim customer & competition through regular shopping of the retail floor
  • Research and identify trend directions; perform and review competitive analysis; oversee and review fabrics, design concepts, presentation boards for meetings, mock-ups, inspirational photos
  • Create a trusted aesthetic that is brand aligned
  • Create and send completed tech packs/PLM collaborations- Strong PLM skills
  • Attend proto fittings/problem solve.
  • Partner with technical designers while building product. Create patterns when needed.
  • Provide leadership on styling, fabrication, and color development, as well as technical innovation.
  • Design and execute development of initial seasonal category in context of larger assortment and cost structure. Ensure timely execution of product development calendar.
  • Incorporate knowledge of cost of goods, suggested retail pricing, and margin implications into the development of line.
  • Develop and present product line to internal teams and management (explain and teach features and benefits).
  • Understand and incorporate consumer preferences, retail customer needs, competitor activity, and other trends relating to product categories and segments.
  • Adhere to the seasonal time and action calendar for area of responsibility
  • Communicate regularly with product development manager to gather input and share line development direction
  • Communicate on a daily basis with factories to share line development direction or product changes


  • BA or BS degree in the field of design is a strong plus
  • A minimum of 5+ years in apparel development and fashion design.
  • Specific expertise in Active, a must. Swim experience a plus.
  • Contribute positively to team dynamic and manage up where necessary
  • Ability to support Director
  • Ability to focus, manage time, multi-task, and meet deadlines in a fast pace environment; work independently
  • A hungry, meticulous go-getter who works with a sense of urgency and knows how to prioritize
  • Problem solver skills
  • Possess the capacity to absorb large amounts of information
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload with multiple deadlines
  • Demonstrate creative ability and commercialize accordingly
  • Excellent communication skills via phone and email
  • Positive attitude / Team player
  • Strong creative and innovative thinking. Knowledge of building garment specifications and expanded technical experience in functional garments.
  • Experience communicating with domestic and off shore manufacturing facilities.
  • Superior organizational skills and excellent communication skills; team oriented
  • Travel to vendors to work on development and execution of product.
  • Advanced skills in Illustrator and PS, CAD