Company Overview

Obōz Footwear is a wholesale brand founded in 2007. Our home, Bozeman, Montana, is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise and is what motivates us to lace up daily to explore the 18 million acres of Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that surround us. Bozeman also inspired our name: Outside + Bozeman = Obōz. The four points of our compass—People, Community, Foot and Experience—guide everything we do in staying “True to the Trail.” We also plant a tree for every pair of footwear sold, and have since our beginning.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and all applications will be reviewed based on skill and qualifications for the role. As the “True to the Trail” brand, we are committed to being true to our people and hiring a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Our HQ is powered by clean wind energy – 100% of our office power comes from wind farms in Central Idaho and Washington. We carbon-offset our shoe shipments, employee travel and the office utility bill. And, the shoes we don't sell make a difference, too – we donate our unsellable (but still trail-worthy) shoes, partnering local and national non-profits to find feet in need.


Obōz Footwear is looking for a Footwear Designer to join the team!


Position Overview

The Footwear Designer will help lead the design process from initial design stage through the early production stage. The Footwear Designer will report directly to our Sr. Footwear Design Manager and be based in our Bozeman, Montana office.

The primary functions of this role include but are not limited to:

  • Ability to ideate multiple footwear styles, across multiple categories, multiple times per season.
  • Translate design concepts into detailed technical drawings and specifications.
  • Assemble and build inspirational, product relevant, presentations to help sell in concepts on a seasonal basis.
  • Present cost effective, as well as innovative, solutions to meet real world end-use footwear needs.
  • Create detailed technical deliverables both for uppers and any molded tooling, to be used by the development and design engineering teams as part of the development process.
  • Specify materials (and constructions) to meet end use needs, as well as cost and manufacturability requirements.
  • Stay abreast of trends and manufacturing through research and market travel to influence design and product direction.
  • Collaborate with PM and leadership to contribute to design and product vision across product offering for current and future seasons.
  • Work closely with the product development team to create prototypes and samples.
  • Participate in product testing and gather feedback to refine designs for optimal performance.
  • Collaborate with Development and Design Engineering teams to assure design intent is met, as well as address manufacturing feasibility of style throughout the process.
  • Execute pattern redlines, tooling revisions and any necessary construction solutions in a timely manner.
  • Execute 3D model redlines and communicate revisions to ensure model quality and accuracy
  • Meet Oboz product playbook requirements for turnaround times, to meet calendar expectations and help facilitate a timely process.

What You Bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in industrial design, architecture, or graphic design.
  • Demonstrated success in designing footwear, industrial design, or equipment.
  • You will have serious, A-game creative skill, and a problem-solving mentality.
  • You bring strong drafting and presentation skills with an ability to present concepts, in group reviews, and effectively communicate to the needs outlined in the brief.
  • Strong sketching and drafting skills, digital or traditional, and the ability to convey multiple concepts efficiently within set deadlines is important for the role.
  • You have Experience in taking products from a sketch to reality, and the drive to cost engineer such products, as necessary.
  • Knowledge of footwear constructions, leather, materials, lasts, molding, compound development, and foot anatomy.
  • Ability to work in a complex, fast-paced global organization.
  • You have a passion for life in a small mountain town and bring an open mind and a curious nature.
  • Positive, open minded team member.
  • Ability to effectively prepare and present information and transparently respond to questions from management and other employees of the organization.
  • Ability to plan with foresight and anticipate impact of expected results.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
  • High level of curiosity.
  • Drive for excellence with proven problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office program suite and Adobe Applications.


Company Social Responsibility

  • Display an active commitment towards brand purpose and values.
  • Embrace opportunities to introduce new, sustainable ideas for innovation.
  • Support the promotion of human rights throughout the business.
  • Acts without delay to address serious human rights and labor rights violations that threaten the safety and wellbeing of Oboz employees, customers or those working in factories as part of the Oboz global supply chain. 
  • Follow all company procedures and policies as specified in the Oboz company handbook and support company efforts in all environmental, social and governance (ESG) actions.


Company Culture

Oboz has a small but growing family-feel team. We are collaborative and thrive on cross-functional relationships. We care about our customers, the outdoors, and each other. Our office is relaxed and non-conventional with a dog-friendly culture and we have world class trails right outside our front door. We love the outdoors and are passionate about doing the right thing for a more sustainable world for us all to share. We are proud of our amazing brand, and we want to share our success with other passionate people who enjoy working in a fast-paced industry and share our company values.


As well as amazing footwear benefits and awesome folks to work with, Oboz offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including Medical, Dental, and vision, 401k retirement and paid time off.

Want to join us? 

Role located in Bozeman, MT.

Apply Here. Review of resumes will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.