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Graphic Design Manager, Headwear

Full-timeDesign manager$178,050-$208,750*
Tampa, United States
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Company Overview
Fanatics is building a leading global digital sports platform to ignite and harness the passions of fans and maximize the presence and reach for hundreds of partners globally. Optimizing these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers and a trusted, recognizable brand name, Fanatics is expanding beyond its position as a global leader for licensed sports merchandise to now becoming a next-gen digital sports platform, featuring an array of offerings for fans across the sports ecosystem.
The Fanatics family of companies currently includes Fanatics Commerce, a vertically-integrated licensed merchandise business that has changed the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear and hardgoods through a tech-infused approach to making and quickly distributing fan gear in today’s 24/7 mobile-first economy; Candy Digital, a digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties, including MLB and MLBPA, to build an official NFT ecosystem; Fanatics Collectibles, through Topps as a cornerstone of the business, building a new model for the collectibles and trading cards hobby with top leagues and players association partners; and Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a mobile betting, gaming and retail sportsbook platform. 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.
As a market leader with more than 9,000 employees, and hundreds of partners, suppliers, and vendors worldwide, 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.

Manage a team of Graphic Designers with ownership of graphic segmentation for assigned leagues utilizing robust graphic design skillset, typography, color theory, brand identity rules and composition expertise. Collaborate with Graphic Design Director to develop creative direction for seasonal assortment. Lead graphic design and development based on creative direction, product brief and line plan strategy. Work closely with Apparel Design and Graphic Design managers to create consistent story telling across leagues and brands. Collaborate with cross-functional teams including Product Development, Sourcing and Merchandising on complete product strategy to meet financial targets.


  • Manage the design and development of the seasonal sourced product lines, hot market events, and special programs.
  • Responsible for the creative management of our licensed sports business, managing a team of 3-6 graphic designers
  • Collaborate with Graphic Design Director to develop creative direction for seasonal assortments and league initiatives.
  • Maintain an active understanding of trends in sports apparel and sports / pop culture, consumer insights, new business opportunities, and competitors in the market to influence design aesthetic and strategy through the development of mood, trend, and ideation boards
  • Demonstrate expert-level knowledge of color theory, typography, concept development, and branding
  • Partners with the Operations Team on new graphic placements and applications such as:  foils, new inks, etc.
  • Encourages and solicits ideas from within the team and confidently shares fresh perspectives that will enhance creativity
  • Confidently lead the design team by sharing fresh perspectives that will enhance creativity and promote new ideas through written and verbal communications to internal and external partners
  • Must know which types of designs work best for different decoration techniques such as:  screen print, transfers, embroidery, etc.
  • Maintain calendar deadlines and deliverables. 
  • Comfortable presenting design concepts and assortments during reviews and presentations.
  • Mentor and develop creative talent within the team.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Arts or related field or the equivalent combination of education, training, or work experience, +5-7 years of professional graphic design experience. 
  • Licensing or Sports related experience a plus. Experience managing a creative team a plus.
  • (REQUIRED) Must provide a strong professional portfolio showcasing a wide range of design skills/abilities
  • Excellent organizational leadership and communication skills. Ability to lead a team in order to meet deadlines, prioritize workload, adapt to change, and maintain composure and morale under pressure. Maintains a positive and professional attitude towards the team, cross-functional partners, vendors, and clients.
  • Advanced level knowledge using Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in typography
  • Demonstrate advanced-level knowledge of color theory, composition, and concept development, adhering to brand guidelines and seasonal creative stories.
  • Strong knowledge of production art, printing, and garment production processes both Import and Domestic. 
  • Familiarity working within project management systems
  • Intermediate level use of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; should be able to deliver ideas and decisions in a professional manner
  • Must be detail oriented
  • Must be able to communicate and lead a team to work effectively and cross-functionally across all departments and external partners.
  • Can manage projects individually or as a part of a team.
  • Results driven and solutions focused
  • Ability to work in a fast pace and dynamic environment
  • Sports fan a plus
  • Ability to travel up to 20% 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.

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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.

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Questions & answers for this position
  • What is the type of contract for this position?
    The contract for this position is a Full-time contract
  • What's the salary range for the Graphic Design Manager, Headwear position?
    The suggested salary for this position is $178,050-$208,750*
  • Is telecommuting possible for this position?
    No, telecommuting is not possible for this position
About Fanatics
Fanatics, Inc. is an American online manufacturer and retailer of licensed sportswear, sports collectibles, NFTs, trading cards, and sports merchandise, as well as sports betting and iGaming.
Manufacturing, Retail
5K-10K employees

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