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Design Manager, Accessories

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
6 days ago
115,000 to 175,000 per year

Posted: lululemon athletica

Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Salary: $115,000-175,000 CAD

Language: English

Start Date of Employment (Approx.): As soon as possible

Positions Available: 2

Job Location(s)
1818 Cornwall Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1C7 Canada


lululemon is an innovative performance apparel company for yoga, running, training, and other athletic pursuits. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional design, we create transformational products and experiences that support people in moving, growing, connecting, and being well. We owe our success to our innovative product, emphasis on stores, commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we make in every community we're in. As a company, we focus on creating positive change to build a healthier, thriving future. That includes creating an equitable, inclusive, and growth-focused environment for our people.



The Design Manager at lululemon leads a team of designers in creating world class accessories that is acknowledged as leading in innovation, design, function, fit and quality. Under the mentorship of the VP, Accessories you lead a team of designers in creating a line from inception of ideas to production of soft accessories for the organization. You are responsible for your team’s execution of the Creative Direction.




  • Under the creative direction and leadership of the VP, Accessories you lead a team of designers and support function roles in executing the seasonal vision 
  • Responsible to support in creating the Creative Season Kick Off including but not limited to: building mock ups, fabric boards, selecting tears and building presentations
  • Responsible for working with Merchandising to build the seasonal line plan and hold this vision of a cohesive assortment for your team throughout the season 
  • Give clear, consistent and inspiring direction on silhouette, fabric, trim, technology and trend so your designers are able to create freely into the seasonal vision
  • Research, ideate, sketch and create mood and fabric boards to support in communicating the creative direction and vision to your design team and cross functional partners 
  • Ability to apply, perform and manage design skills such as drawing/sketching, concept ideation, texture and scale
  • Expert ability at draping, understanding patterns and creating 3D forms 
  • Partner with the in house workshop to create mock ups and prototypes 
  • Ability to quickly and accurately communicate design vision through technical and detailed sketches
  • Prepare and effectively present design concepts that communicate seasonal direction to design leadership and cross functional partners 
  • Responsible for the clear communication of product information so accurate technical sketches, colour legends, prototypes and BOM’s can be created
  • Ability to communicate feedback in fittings so that style changes can be effectively executed and passion for teaching this to others
  • Responsible for ensuring all styles deliver our standards of quality, beauty and function to our guest 
  • Collaborate with Technical Design, 3D Technical Design, Product Development, Raw Materials and Lab teams on the testing of products and fabrics by athletes and ensure results are incorporated into design concepts
  • Awareness of what’s happening in the athletic and fashion industry – research
  • Awareness of how the line is currently performing in stores - work in the stores, lead design meetings, partner with athletes and action feedback for continual innovation of product
  • Responsible for understanding the impact of your decisions on timelines and margins and for coaching other designers on the team 
  • Responsible for reviewing and coaching designers in writing powerful “Why We Made This” lines 
  • Ability to travel to offshore factories and on inspiration trips as needed
  • Responsible for performance evaluations, hiring and consistent coaching of your design team



  • BA, BFA or BS in Design (or similar) required
  • Minimum 7 years industry experience, with 3 years managing a team 
  • Expert knowledge of accessories construction, patterning, textiles, sewing techniques and technology applications.
  • Natural ability to oversee and lead the team in the design and development of product, ensuring commercial viability with the Product Developer, Raw Materials Developer, Merchant and Sourcing Manager
  • Adhere to strict timelines and calendar dates to deliver exceptional product, on-time
  • Proficiency with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Excel, Word, Mac platform
  • Past experience communicating with offshore factories


*Comprehensive benefits package including extended medical, dental, disability, & RRSP matching and performance based bonus available. We offer a competitive salary based on experience and support in relocation costs for qualified candidates not residing in Vancouver. The employee is eligible for performance based salary increases & bonuses.