REI Experience Design Manager in Kent, Washington

Experience Design Manager

Posted Date:Mar-13-2018

Job ID:9601

Job Type:Full Time

Job Function:Visual Merchandising



Store:Kent Headquarters

What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by providing creative design leadership and management in physical environments.Lead the creative design, management, and execution of divisional and cross-divisional projects that enhance the REI brand both within stores and on other platform opportunities. Drive and foster design collaboration to ensure a successful outcome to a variety of projects. This job is expected to keep up to date with trends and explore new opportunities to translate the brand. Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.

  • Build creative briefs and design intent for physical experiences that support the brand narrative, marketing campaigns, merchant seasonal strategies and outdoor program classes/events.

  • Works with Manager, Director, DVP and other Sr. leadership on creative briefs and design intent/direction.

  • Activity builds a strong and positive design collaborative environment within teamandcross -divisionalpartners.

  • Ability to influence work inside and outside of the Visual Merchandising teams.

  • Establishes and maintains project visibility within the department and cross -divisionally.

  • Fosters a culture of creativity, design excellence, accountability andresults.

  • Works collaboratively with teamto support the goals of the project and the brand.

  • Collaborates with retail, marketing, merchandising and OPO to provide activity shop creative briefs to SVMs.

  • Inspire visual team to meet or exceed REI creative standards of innovation and design.

  • Provide mentorship to teamin all areas of visual merchandising, product presentation, content communication and overall customer experience in a built environment.

  • Manage and oversee content development of VM Guidebook.

  • May oversee or supervise four to six employees.

  • Advise and/or participate in the design development/evolution of new and existing store elements and fixtures.

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 10+ years of visual, space planning, fixture and experiential design in the retail environment.

  • 10+ years cross-divisional planning, project management experience in a retail environment preferable

  • BA in Architecture or Interior Design or AA,preferred

  • Design and visual merchandising experience in a multi-store environment

  • Project management skills including scheduling, measurement, reporting and financial management

  • Ability to travel nationally for installations and inspiration

  • Ability to create and maintain process systems, documentation and support tools

  • Basic Computer Skills: Word, Excel, Outlook, InDesign, Photoshop and drawing program to communicate designs.

Why you'll love it here

Join a passionate community of people who believe in one simple truth: an outdoor life is a life well-lived. REI is a co-op, born in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in 1938. We’re here to help our 5.5 million members have amazing experiences outside—and do the same ourselves. Bring your creativity, customer focus and enthusiasm for living life outdoors—we can’t wait to meet you!

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception – 20 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 140 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 12,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer