Senior Product Designer - Bags and Accessories

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States Full-time

As Cotopaxi's Sr. Product Designer, you are responsible for creating our bag and accessory lines. This role requires a strong sense of our target market, who we refer to as the “Urban Athlete”, and appreciation for markets outside of the outdoor industry. The Senior Product Designer will report to the VP of Product Design, working closely with her to maintain Cotopaxi’s status as a leading design influencer within our targeted markets. This is not a sample or pattern maker position. This is a position inspired by functional aesthetics. However, strong working knowledge of production and sewing techniques to facilitate sample development and production is required.


  • Execute assigned projects within 7-10 month timelines
  • Provide sketches, mock-ups when needed, design boards, and presentations to effectively communicate design ideas to internal audiences
  • Stay up to date with industry trends, work with Cotopaxi ambassadors to help ensure we’re meeting our customers evolving needs
  • Assist with current product design changes where necessary in order to address in-line production issues
  • Provide detailed product initiations to Product Development, including spec drawings, fit direction, and fabric information
  • Demonstrate an understanding of end-use, product line creation, and the specific markets in which Cotopaxi does business
  • Contribute to cost analysis on new product designs
  • Liaise with Cotopaxi impact team to develop social impact initiatives throughout our supply chain
  • Assist Development Manager and Merchandising Team in developing a schedule for the flow of the line plan through all development stages, including commercialization
  • Ensure compliance with Cotopaxi Code of Conduct
  • Attend tradeshows and company events as required


  • Degree in Product or Industrial Design
  • Minimum 6 years experience designing softgoods, bags, accessories
  • Sense of urgency in accomplishing tasks
  • Excellent planning, organizational, problem solving and decision making skills
  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator 
  • Strong understanding of fabrics and trims
  • Strong understanding of the “Urban Athlete” and appreciation for markets outside of the outdoor industry
  • Strong costing and negotiation skills
  • Overseas travel to manufacturing facilities experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrates proactive problem solving skills
  • Excels in fast paced and nimble working environments
  • Must be willing to adopt new ways of thinking 
  • Must be a team player, results driven and respectful

About Cotopaxi:

At Cotopaxi, we create innovative outdoor products and experiences that help alleviate poverty, move people to do good, and inspire adventure.

Cotopaxi funds solutions that address the most persistent needs of those living in extreme poverty. Giving is core to our model. As a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation, Cotopaxi has made a commitment to creating positive social impact. We focus our efforts on global poverty alleviation & give targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihoods initiatives around the world.

The founding team is a unique blend of experienced entrepreneurs, business minds and award-winning gear/product designers.

Some benefits and perks of working at Cotopaxi:

  • Commensurate compensation
  • Full health, dental, vision coverage paid by the company
  • 10% in-the-wild, i.e., spend work time adventuring outdoors or doing service
  • $1,000 stipend after 18 months tenure for bucket list adventure travel
  • Quarterly team offsite adventure trips
  • Free gym membership
  • Quality time with our 2 llamas Coto and Paxi

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