Soft Goods Product Designer (Sports) at
Apidura

The Opportunity

Apidura

Built from a passion for adventure, cycling and the outdoors, Apidura produces ultralight rackless packing systems to enable cyclists to travel farther, faster and more comfortably. Our relentless commitment to producing high quality, thoughtfully designed products has made Apidura the leading choice in lightweight cycling packs.

Job Description

Apidura is seeking a highly motivated Senior Designer to join its Product Team. Working closely with the team, product ambassadors and suppliers, the individual will combine technical innovation, fabric and materials knowledge, creativity and attention to detail to create products that continue to set new standards in this exciting field.

Responsibilities

Core responsibilities of the position include:

  • Generating innovative product concepts in line with Apidura’s design philosophy and quality standards.
  • Managing the product creation process from ideation to finalized commercial product.
  • Interacting with the factories and being involved with the prototyping and manufacturing process.
  • Effectively communicate and present design concepts, within the team and wider.
  • Identifying, researching and sourcing new fabrics/materials and production processes.
  • Sourcing, evaluating and negotiating with new manufacturing partners.
  • Evaluating designs for opportunities to enhance performance, quality, and cost.
  • Processing consumer insights to inform product design and development.
  • Working with the wider team to create product and performance descriptions, as well as marketing materials.
  • Understanding and adopting future trends in design, technology, and materials.
  • Working closely with the product team to develop factory-ready samples.

Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • Experience successfully bringing products from ideation to commercialization.
  • A strong understanding of materials and industrial fabrication processes; ideally supported by a background in industrial design with experience covering soft goods or other fabric-based products.
  • A full understanding of both creative and technical design, as well as of product costing models.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills to liaise successfully with factories, suppliers and management.
  • The ability to understand and adhere to product development timelines.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, a creative eye, and the ability to design outside the box.
  • Interest, energy and flexibility to work in the fast-paced environment of a growing business and wear multiple hats.
  • A degree in outdoor product design or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ideally, five to ten years of experience in outdoors sporting goods design or related field.
  • Full literacy in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), Excel and PowerPoint.
  • A persistent attitude and self-motivated working style.

Additional Requirements

  • Experience with bikepacking or cycle touring and the passion to become an expert in this area are essential.
  • Candidate must be authorized to work in the UK, be willing to relocate and understand the new visa arrangements required for UK employment 

Based in: London Full Time

Remuneration: Depending on experience

Location

London, UK google maps

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