Graphic Designer - 1 Year Contract
York, ON
Roots is not only a brand, it’s a culture and lifestyle. We look for dynamic individuals who are not only interested in retail and fashion, but who enjoy challenges and share our vision for a safer, cleaner, healthier planet.
In addition to our customers, an intrinsic part of our success has always been the people who work here. Roots is a company in which you can grow and benefit from the great opportunities often available. All members of our team are encouraged to ‘spread their roots’.

With direction from the Design team, the Graphic Designer will create innovative logos that are in line with our seasonal direction, brand vision, and customer needs. A Graphic Designer will create custom designs for product embellishments. Working as a member of the Design Department, and partnering with the Visual team, the Graphic Designer is responsible for knowledge of graphic trends and processes. They are also responsible for reviewing samples for quality and ensuring Roots high standards are met for all applications using professional illustration, layout, typography and computer skill

To be successful, you’ll need to possess:
  • Diploma or Degree in Graphic Design or equivalent
  • Minimum of 1+ years experience in Graphic Design (within apparel industry preferred)
  • Strong Typography, Illustration, Photo Manipulation and Editorial/Layout Design skills
  • Prior print and/or apparel industry experience and understanding of production process
  • Extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (including InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel & Powerpoint)
  • Listens and understands the vision of the brand and seasonal direction
  • Effectively communicates ideas and key information to all necessary departments
  • Works efficiently within tight deadlines for graphic creation as per calendar milestones
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving, ability to multi-task, collaborative and teamwork based abilities
  • Packaging or Apparel experience and production knowledge
  • Work collaboratively across multiple departments and with key partners

This is an opportunity to shape our company’s future by:
  • Following Designers direction, create custom logos, engineered knits (socks, hats, scarves) jacquards etc. (All Categories, Mainline and BLS)
  • Set up spec sheets to send to makers (colour, technique and reference photos)
  • Strike offs – Review and edit, provide comments, recommendations, ensure all graphics and applications are executed to “Roots” standards. Ensure alignment across departments with shared prints and graphics.
  • Help create and maintain a library of embellishment techniques for reference.
  • Market research specific to graphics. Look for graphic trends, colour and unique applications.
  • Maintain graphic files on server daily, scan in binders to our archive seasonally.
  • During seasonal development, help print, organize and build boards.
  • Prepares for Reviews by setting up and printing all graphics needed on Review templates (cardstocks).
  • Pick up any additional overflow strike offs, colour requests, design requests to help Graphic Designers maintain good pace and hit major milestones.
  • Colour match Solid coated PMS to TCX with colourist, double check print colours are our closest match.
We’d like to thank everyone who applies, but we can only contact applicants who are most qualified.

Roots Corporation offers a culture that fosters inclusion and respect. We are committed to providing accessible employment practices, in compliance with the AODA. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, applicants are asked to make their needs/requirements known.