• Material Colorist

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

    Merrell Logo

    Merrell believes nothing should get in the way of enjoying active outdoor adventures. Merrell hiking boots, trail running shoes and apparel are built on Merrell’s outdoor heritage, quality and performance. The trail is the core of our design philosophy and has continued to guide us in the development of innovative products that inspire and enable enjoyment of the outdoors.



    Responsible for identifying and applying relevant design, material and color trends to seasonal product.  Assist in the development of seasonal color and material palettes and graphic inspiration for product development and outside designers.

    Primary Duties

    1. Working with Materials and Trend Directors to integrate information from various trend services to produce seasonal color palettes.
    2. Supporting the creation of season stories and mood boards for early product ideas while working with the Color Manager and Design director.  
    3. Presenting trend and color stories at key meetings.
    4. Participating in and influencing all product development milestone meetings.
    5. Apply seasonal color & material palettes to product, including: graphics, logos, hardware, textile, leather, etc.
    6. Preparing accurate product specifications (color cads, artwork) and tech packs with the guidance of the product creation team.
    7. Following up on details and specifications with our Asia development team.
    8. Working with production graphic designer and product quality team to ensure accurate communication of information throughout the product creation process.
    9. Monitor and analyze material and color usage within the product line each season
    10. Performing duties consistent with the Company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.
    11. Performing other duties as required/assigned by manager.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

    • Bachelor’s degree in fashion, art, textile science, or design, or equivalent work experience.
    • Experience with Keyshot 3D rendering software or equivalent software.
    • 1-4 plus years’ experience in footwear and color application.
    • Strong understanding of the outdoor footwear and apparel market.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a desire to work on a small team.
    • In-depth computer knowledge with strong skills in Photoshop and Illustrator software.
    • Footwear experience preferred.
    • Ability to travel for research, tradeshows, design inspiration outings, and product review meetings.


    Normal office environment.


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


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