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Head of Footwear Design, Basketball

Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

At PUMA, we are in constant pursuit of faster. That extends beyond our support of the fastest athletes in the world. We also work to be fast in how we adapt to and connect with the constantly changing world around us. Through innovative design, iconic footwear and apparel, and authentic partnerships, we aim to always push what’s next in both sport and culture.

That hustler’s spirit can be felt across PUMA categories, partnerships, offices, and countries. And we are always in search of talent that can help us set the pace at which sport and culture collide, as well as finding better ways to connect and collaborate with our communities.

PUMA supports over 13,000 employees across 120+ countries. The PUMA Group owns the brand PUMA, Cobra Golf and Dobotex, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Your Mission

  • We are looking for an experienced and creative design leader with a successful track record to lead the design of our basketball footwear line. This person will be responsible for the creative direction, design team leadership, and design process of Basketball product line ranges.   
  • Design and develop and implement basketball footwear design look and feel for product ranges.
  • Design and manage design resources to create a full seasonal workload of designs from concept to creation.
  • Represent Basketball Design in internal/external group meetings -line-freeze, signoff, finance, Sales, Key Account meetings, PUMA partners.
  • Travel to Asia development office to address design/development issues, manufacturing processes, while building relationships with Asia development staff.
  • Work closely with external partners and stakeholders by relaying PUMA’s point of view on basketball product ranges and liaise with internal teams to bring to life fresh and innovative ideas in this space.
  • Recommend outside resources as needed to complete key projects. 
  • Coordinate with Innovation and Creative Director product teams along with other Business Units within PUMA.
  • Support and develop collaborative inter-team relationships with existing Apparel, Brand Marketing, Product Development, and Product Marketing.
  • Organize and participate in market travel to international and domestic markets and key accounts.

Your Talent

  • 10 + years of performance and lifestyle design experience.
  • Experience with building a creative direction from conception to sell-in.
  • Proven knowledge of the lifestyle and performance footwear industry, US basketball consumer expertise. 
  • Mastery of the design process –including blueprint creation, shell corrections, material expertise, and cost-effective design expertise.
  • Experience collaborating and presenting to brand ambassadors a plus
  • Expert level sketching/rapid visualization skills
  • Excellent presentation, influence and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. key athletic accounts (e.g. Footlocker, Finish Line, and Dick’s Sporting Goods) and the basketball consumer, lifestyle, sport and culture. 
  • Mastery of Illustrator, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office
  • Experience working in a global/international setting
  • Up to 25% domestic and international travel

SPEED & SPIRIT is what we look for in our candidates, defined by some simple values that inspire us to BE DRIVEN in our performance, BE VIBRANT in our sporting legacy, BE TOGETHER in our team spirit, and BE YOU to let our individual talent and experience shine. Applying for a job at PUMA is easy. Simply click APPLY ONLINE and follow the steps to upload your application.

PUMA is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of PUMA to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, gender, physical or mental disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.For additional information, please contact: us-hrrecruiter@puma.com

PUMA Wellbeing at Boston


  • Corporate races
  • Free gym
  • On-site yoga
  • Massages
  • Soccer and basketball leagues


  • Company parties
  • Free coffee and kombucha
  • Fruit and healthy snacks
  • Social areas
  • Quarterly lunch


  • Cooperation with childcare facilities
  • Nursing Mother’s Room
  • Parent Child Office
  • Parental Leave Policy
  • Summer Fridays


  • Employee discount
  • Parking discount
  • Pre-tax public transportation
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • 401K Employer Match

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