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Apparel Designer

Location Tampa, United States
Posted 04-October-2021
Company Overview

As a global leader in licensed sports merchandise, Fanatics is building the leading global digital sports platform and changing the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear and hardgoods through an innovative, tech-infused approach to making and quickly distributing fan gear in today's 24/7 mobile-first economy. Operating multi-channel commerce for the world's biggest sports brands, Fanatics offers the largest collection of timeless and timely merchandise whether shopping online, on your phone, in flagship stores, in stadiums or on-site at the world's biggest sporting events.

Through Fanatics' innovative commerce capabilities and cutting-edge tech platform, the company has assembled one of the best databases of fans globally which is now being leveraged across the broader sports ecosystem to build new, large-scale digital sports businesses outside of merchandise. Fanatics is the majority owner of Candy Digital, a next generation digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties - including MLB and MLBPA - to build an official NFT ecosystem where fans and collectors come to purchase, trade and share officially licensed NFT's. Additional ventures that will build out Fanatics' footprint across the broader digital sports landscape will be announced in the coming months.

Fanatics' partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) and hundreds of collegiate and professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs.

In addition to e-commerce, the capabilities of Fanatics include omnichannel-integrated physical retail operations across a broad portfolio of flagship stores, team retail and special events; international capabilities that provide a global sports retail platform; and an in-house merchandise and manufacturing division that is a licensed partner of professional and collegiate teams and helps fans express passion through a broad range of apparel and non-apparel products created under the Fanatics, Nike, Top of the World, Majestic and WinCraft brands.

As a market leader with more than 8,000 employees and over 300 partners, suppliers, and vendors in 11 countries, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical and sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting and representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners and fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work and play through strategic philanthropic initiatives.

At Fanatics, we're a diverse, passionate group of employees aiming to ignite pride and passion in the fans we outfit, celebrate and support. We recognize that diversity helps drive and foster innovation, and through our IDEA program (inclusion, diversity, equality and advocacy) at Fanatics we provide employees with tools and resources to feel connected and engaged in who they are and what they do to support the ultimate fan experience.

About the Team

We are a passionate group of product developers, designers, artists, merchants and planners where art truly meets science. Fanatics Brands is proud to be the largest purveyor of long-term rights and partnerships for all major sports leagues and hundreds of colleges. We are first to market with premium apparel, headwear and hard goods along with official fan jerseys for the NHL, NBA and NFL. When the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup and World Series ends, we are the team running product to the players and delivering to fans around the globe. Our commitment to sports doesn't stop there - we've made strategic alliances with Blizzard Entertainment, Disney, Marvel, Lucas Film and Pixar to bring fans an unprecedented assortment. At its core, Fanatics Brands is all about speed and agility. We are built to always respond to the ever-changing sports world.

Create conceptual design sketches which convey body, styling, fit intent, fabrics, trims, and colors. Execute the design and development of product based on creative direction, product brief and line plan. Work closely with Apparel Design manager and team to create consistent storytelling across leagues and brands. Collaborate with cross-functional teams including Graphic Design, Product Development, Sourcing and Merchandising on complete product strategy to meet financial targets.


* Create design sketches utilizing Adobe Illustrator which convey body, styling, fit intent, fabric, trim and color
* Support and have some oversight of the design and development of seasonal, replenishment and special event lines
* Will be an integral partner with Merchandising, Sourcing and Product Development teams to create a smooth transition between initial concepts and final products
* Strong knowledge of trends, consumer insights, new opportunities, and competition
* Must have a consumer-focused mindset with an understanding of needs and ability to translate into product design
* Work closely with Materials and Product Development teams to ensure design intent is carried through to final product
* Responsible for balancing brand identity rules with creative opportunities in order to elevate the league brands as well as Fanatics Brands through visual storytelling
* Provide unique insight into relevant market trends with a point of view on commercial viability of styles with a consumer-focused mindset
* Work cross-functionally across all teams and departments and maintains a professional and positive attitude with both internal and external clients
* Understand and follow company policies and procedures


* Bachelor's Degree in Apparel Design, Merchandising with 0-1 years of professional experience or; 4+ years of professional experience in Apparel Design is acceptable without a degree
* Portfolio of previous work required
* Strong skill set and knowledge of apparel design, fabrics, trims, garment styling and construction techniques
* Intermediate knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign with an awareness of the latest creative software programs, techniques, and applications
* Functional knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and project management systems
* Strong written and verbal communication both internally and externally
* Must be results focused and highly detail oriented
* Demonstrate a professional and positive attitude with internal and external clients with an openness to new ideas and differing opinions
* Must have strong organizational skills in order to troubleshoot and manage multiple projects
* Familiarity with U.S. Sports and Licensed properties with a passion for great product and design
* Excellent time management skills and the ability to work under pressure and deliver projects under tight deadlines.
* Sports fan a plus
* Ability to travel up to 15% of the job

Tryouts are open at Fanatics! Our team is passionate, talented, unified, and charged with creating the fan experience of tomorrow. The ball is in your court now.

Ensure your Fanatics job offer is legitimate and don't fall victim to fraud. Fanatics never seeks payment from job applicants. Fanatics recruiters will only reach out to applicants from email address. For added security, where possible, apply through our company website at

Fanatics is committed to responsible planning and purchasing (RPP) practices, working with its business partners across its global and multi-layered supply chain, to ensure that planning, sourcing, and purchasing decisions, along with other supporting processes, do not impede or conflict with the fulfillment of Fanatics' fair labor practices.

NOTICE TO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS/APPLICANTS: In connection with your application, we collect information that identifies, reasonably relates to or describes you ('Personal Information'). The categories of Personal Information that we collect include your name, government issued identification number(s), email address, mailing address, other contact information, emergency contact information, employment history, educational history, criminal record, and demographic information. We collect and use those categories of Personal Information about you for human resources and other business management purposes, including identifying and evaluating you as a candidate for potential or future employment or future contract positions, recordkeeping in relation to recruiting and hiring, conducting criminal background checks as permitted by law, conducting analytics, and ensuring compliance with applicable legal requirements and Company policies.

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