In short

We are excited to offer the opportunity to join our Design Direction team as “Head of Color & Material Design Studio”. As the leader of a team of skilled designers, you will have the unique opportunity to co-create and shape the vision for the color and material strategy of our products across apparel, footwear and accessories, and make sure color flows and looks are coming to life from head to toe. Your close collaboration with cross-functional teams in within the product creation department, as well as leading, inspiring and nurturing your own team will be a crucial part of your day to day.

Your Mission

  • Lead, inspire and nurture the Color & Material Design Studio team
  • Co-create the vision of color and material strategy for all categories across apparel, footwear and accessories and ensure a holistic head-to-toe look and communicate it effectively to team members and other stakeholders
  • Ensure optimal alignment between the cross functional teams in product creation
  • Spearhead and represent color and materials in front of key stakeholders across the company
  • Further build out and scale the structure of the team with diverse talent that will shape and define the overall look of On in the future
  • Shape the field and improve processes and the strategic application of color and materials
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Your story

  • +10 years of experience in Color and Material design, having had experience within footwear or apparel industry is a plus
  • Strong leadership skills and experience with scaling and nurturing large, diverse teams (of 5+ designers)
  • A strong portfolio that showcases your experience in any field of color & material
  • Great consumer and community understanding
  • Ability to foster a supportive and inclusive team culture that promotes wellbeing, trust, respect and collaboration
  • Strong problem solving skills to effectively manage the day-to-day operations of the Color & Materials Design Studio
  • Strong communication skills to effectively communicate with a large team but also to drive Color & Materials Design Studio topics throughout the company and to deal with all kinds of stakeholders across R&D
  • An entrepreneurial attitude, ambition, and willingness to take on challenges
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign
  • Fluent in English, written and spoken
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About the Team

You will be part of the highly creative Design Direction Team based in Zurich which is On’s internal trend forecasting agency, defining seasonal topics and palettes for all products to create exciting head-to-toe looks from a color/material side. The Design Direction is embedded in the global Design Studio, which is responsible for all of On’s disruptive product designs. It includes apparel design, accessories design, design direction, footwear design, and innovation design. The designers all closely collaborate with developers, product managers and innovation.

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The difference is in the detail. So we push boundaries. Mark those marginal gains. All in pursuit of designing ever better looking products. That’s what we do – what’s best today, can be improved tomorrow.

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What we offer

On is a place that is centered around growth and progress. We offer an environment designed to give people the tools to develop holistically – to stay active, to learn, explore and innovate. Our distinctive approach combines a supportive, team-oriented atmosphere, with access to personal self-care for both physical and mental well-being, so each person is led by purpose.

On is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a work environment that is fair and inclusive, where all decisions related to recruitment, advancement, and retention are free of discrimination.

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What to expect

We want to set everyone up for success, so here’s the lowdown on how we hire. Our process is a two-way street – bringing you into our culture, while helping us learn how you think.

Our full process can last about eight weeks from application to offer, because we care about getting it right. These steps explain how we usually do things.

Before you get started, feel free to consider if you want to work with us. Strange question? Well, we give people a lot of space to navigate their day-to-day and that style isn't for everyone. We want you to be passionate about what you do and be sure this is the right fit. Because when skills and passion combine – it creates that 'Wow' moment.