• Color Trend & Design Spec

    Job Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
    Job Function
    Product - Brand
    Min. Exp.(Yrs)
    Full Time
  • General Function



    Chaco is an iconic outdoor brand with market leadership in performance sandals, a high growth business in closed-toe performance and lifestyle footwear, and a dynamic accessories offering. The brand has achieved several consecutive years of industry-leading growth by creating remarkable connections with a tribe of loyal consumers known as ChacoNation.


    As the Color Trend & Design Specialist one will help drive the design efforts of the brand through color, trend and graphic and material support. Conceptualize color, trend and material direction and translate into CAD specifications. Manage projects or brand initiatives as assigned and assist with design and artwork functions.

    Primary Duties

    1. Conceptualize, research, and present ideas for brand building products, capsule projects, and seasonal initiatives.

    2. Mentor and manage day-to-day activities of Color and Trend interns or temp employees. Report and seek support from Color & Trend Manager as needed.

    3. Manage ongoing seasonal or yearly projects within the Color & Trend team. Schedule deadlines for project assets as needed to meet major team deadlines. Report and communicate project status at team meetings or with PD team members as needed.

    4. Integrate information from various trend services to support building of seasonal color and materials palette.

    5. Support creation of season stories and mood boards for early product ideas and building presentations for key meetings.

    6. Research or ideation to develop new materials or webbings or seeking out of new material resources.  Contributes to the building and organizing of a materials library.

    7. Developing designer B&W artwork into “life-like” colored 2D artwork.

    8. Generating numerous commercial color options with material selections planned out. Advanced understanding of material capabilities and limitations when color is applied.

    9. Compiling artwork produced into presentation packages.

    10. Assisting design with detailing; producing specific detailed artwork of various items and components such as graphics, logos and hardware.

    11. Preparing accurate product specifications under the guidance of the Product Team.

    12. Following up on detailing of specifications with Asia development team.

    13. Performs duties consistent with the company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.

    14. Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

    • Bachelor’s degree in fashion, art or design, or equivalent work experience.
    • 3 plus years’ experience in a design or color design role.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    • In depth computer knowledge with strong skills in InDesign and Illustrator software.
    • Footwear experience preferred.
    • Occasional travel for research, materials, tradeshows and design inspirations.



      Normal office environment.  Some travel required.

    Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).


    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.



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