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Outdoor Apparel Designer

178 Conservation Way, Sunderland, VT 05250, USA; Sunderland, VT, USA Req #648
Friday, November 15, 2019

For more than 160 years the Orvis name has stood for a passion for the outdoors and customer satisfaction. We are seeking an Outdoor Apparel Designer to join our team and ensure flawless execution of product and design vision from concept through completion by creating and executing compelling design concepts and styles that meet and exceed the Orvis brand and business expectations.  The Designer is a key product & design leader, evangelist and contributor to the department. In this role you will provide design inspiration and conceptual directives for responsible categories in alignment with the Men’s and Women’s Apparel categories.


We firmly believe that the only way for Orvis to achieve its vision, is to have a company culture that is supportive and inspires the individuals who will get us there. Our associates take pride in our world-class service and products, treating customers, vendor partners, and each other with integrity and mutual respect. We work in a supportive, team-oriented environment, focusing on performance, continuous improvement, and exceeding our customers’ expectations.


The Orvis Company and our associates are committed to giving back to our communities and protecting nature. We invite and inspire associates to connect with the adventure and wonder of the outdoor world. Come join us in a life outdoors. We believe the most meaningful experiences are created by sharing the love of nature and being inspired by its endless possibilities.


Who you will be working with:

The Designer for Technical Outdoor Apparel will report to the VP of Design, Development, Sourcing and will partner with Merchandising, Planning, Sourcing, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Creative departments. It is an individual contributor role that will not involve supervision.


This position is based in our Home Office in Sunderland, Vermont. Our Vermont location is a dog-friendly office, so you may have a few 4-legged office mates as well. Orvis Dogs at Work


What you will be working on:

• Responsible for driving the design, fit execution and specifications for innovative, technologically advanced products of the highest level

• Research and identify trend directions; create concept/mood boards, analyze collections, shop stores; perform competitive analysis; pull and review fabrics, design concepts, presentation boards for meetings, mock-ups, color-ups, inspirational photos

• Interface with the VP and Director of Product Design and Development, Sourcing and manufacturing partners to meet product introduction timelines

• Work closely with Wholesale Team to ensure on schedule delivery of photography, show, marketing and rep samples

• Travel to factories, vendors, regional training events and industry trade and sourcing shows


Accountabilities and expectations for this position:

• Adhere to and enforce all Design & Process calendar deadlines

• Partner and work directly with Product Development throughout the development process

• Collaborate with Merchandising to design according to style plans, sales needs and emerging trends

• Prepare presentation boards (Sketches, color ups, fabrics) and present for key seasonal meetings

• Work with Tech Design team to ensure proper fit and end use

• Create Illustrator sketches; review line sheets; develop initial tech packs

• Guide, mentor, and partner within team and across departments


Skills that will be important in this role:

• Presentation skills and ability to influence

• Resourceful, creative and efficient when faced with multiple projects or challenging deadlines

• Proven verbal and written communication skills

• Ability to develop strong working relationships

• Alignment with the Orvis Core Values


Experience we are looking for:

• Minimum of 5 years of design experience in both men’s and women’s technical apparel

• Strong aesthetics and ability translate aesthetic requirements to the needs of the Orvis brand

• Strong sketching and design capability

• Extensive knowledge of technical fabrics, construction, and fit

• Knowledge of the Fly Fishing and Outdoor Industries


About Orvis –

In 1856, Charles F. Orvis founded the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont, offering superior fly-fishing equipment, and priding himself on customer satisfaction and service. Today, Orvis is the trusted source for the discovery of adventure and the wonder in the natural world. For more than a century and a half we have loved the wild, explored it, and protected it. At our core, we are a fly-fishing and wingshooting brand, inspired by nature, driven by curiosity, and fulfilled by adventure. We are the world leader in fly fishing, but our passion for nature and the outdoors fully extend to our offerings in a wide assortment of men’s and women’s sportswear, fine gifts and home furnishings, luggage, and travel accessories. We are an industry leader in dog beds and innovative dog products. Our culture of “We Love Dogs” inspires us to be a central source of education and information for all dog lovers. We offer fine shotguns, gear, and technical apparel for wingshooting and sporting clays, and Orvis sporting services also include fishing and shooting schools, an international sporting and eco-travel agency, the Orvis-endorsed network of lodges, outfitters, and guides, and Orvis-endorsed hunting dog trainers and breeders. Each product and the services we offer is rooted in our heritage, inspired by our love of the wild, and backed by superior customer service and a 100% guarantee of satisfaction.


Privately owned by the Perkins family since 1965, Orvis is headquartered in beautiful Southwestern Vermont with major operations in Roanoke, Virginia and the United Kingdom. Today Orvis is an international, multi-channel retailer with approximately 1,700 employees. Our award-winning website,, offers more than 5,000 products with 32 million visits/year. The company mails more than 44 catalog editions each year with a total annual circulation in excess of 45 million. As of 2017, Orvis has 70 retail stores and 10 outlets in the US, and 18 retail stores in the UK. Our wholesale division services more than 500 independent dealers worldwide. The Orvis blog ( offers a wide variety of editorial and educational content to more than 2.5 million visitors per year, with extensive articles and videos about fly fishing, wingshooting, dogs, conservation, and more. Our Learning Center ( provides the most comprehensive collection of online videos and resources devoted to teaching the world how to fly fish.


At Orvis, we firmly believe in a company culture that is supportive and inspiring to the individual. It is inherent that Orvis create a workplace atmosphere that allows all our employees to reach their maximum success within the company. Orvis strives to have a workplace where associates will come to work every day being fully engaged in helping the company meet its goal of exceptional customer service while producing profits necessary to be successful long-term. Orvis offers competitive compensation commensurate with scope of responsibilities and experience required; plus a comprehensive benefits package including medical/dental/vision coverage, life insurance, 401K with a company match, generous Associate Discounts, and other excellent benefits.


To learn more and connect with Orvis, please visit us online

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Travel Required Yes
  • 178 Conservation Way, Sunderland, VT 05250, USA
  • Sunderland, VT, USA