Global Events Design Lead



Administration, Design
Zürich, Switzerland
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024

As the fastest growing global running brand reaching millions of runners, On is leading the way in building an authentic community, with direct fan interaction at major sporting expos, run crews, cultural moments, own brand format events and retail grassroots activities. We are looking for an Events Design Lead to creatively bring events and the events team to the next level.

The Events Design Lead will be heading a small but mighty team responsible for the design strategy, creative development, and production drawings of On’s global events and experiences. The role reports to and works in collaboration with the Head of Retail Design; as well as working in collaboration with cross-functional internal teams and external vendors; such as Visual Merchandising, Campaigns, Regional Events, Marketing & Construction in addition to external suppliers & production vendors.


At On we stimulate creativity and innovation and foster On spirit within everything we do. You will be part of our small but global team responsible for the design through to production coordination for multiple event formats both customer and business partner facing. Working with key stakeholders within Global and Regional Marketing, Trade and Visual Merchandising towards creating an identical consumer experience across all experience touchpoints.


  • Responsible for the management and completion of event design initiatives and projects that support global and regional goals each year.
  • Drive brief development to quickly understand the creative objectives and vision in order to fathom a project’s challenges, what needs to be achieved, and how to get there.
  • Support the prioritization of the project pipeline to ensure the channel and project needs are being met.
  • Managing the end to end creative process, ushering creative concepts into global directives, and physical experiences.
  • Managing cross-functional partners and direct reports to deliver global event concepts & initiatives.
  • Lead, manage and collaborate with regional Event Designers.
  • Responsible for acting as a resource and partner to all regional teams ; cross-channel and cross-functionally.
  • Responsible for the publication and training of all global event design standards.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams in Marketing, Brand Experience, Retail Operations, Community, Construction, Procurement, Visual Merchandising, Campaigns and other business units throughout the organization to implement and execute strategies, initiatives and policies that support the wider business goals
  • Work with and maintain external vendor relationships that contribute to team initiatives and workstreams


  • Bachelor degree or higher in Design or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5+ years of professional experience in Event Design - either brand, client or agency-side, with combined theoretical and practical knowledge.
  • Highly motivated, creative, and results driven self-starter with a passion for design.
  • Strong multidisciplinary background in all facets of Event Design (Architectural/ Environmental / Exhibition / Graphic / Digital) with a key understanding for event experiences, functionality and build and the ability to apply these skills in ways that elevate brand experiences.
  • Portfolio of work showcasing experience in designing live events, that showcases your creative design process and not simply finished products.
  • Proficiency in Mac OSX, Adobe CS, Keynote, Sketchup, 3Ds Max, Rhinoceros 7 & Keyshot 11 (or other 3D rendering software a plus).
  • Experienced knowledge of materiality, specifications, build codes, and structural possibilities.
  • Ability to create presentation decks that effectively communicate ideation and consumer journey touchpoints in a clear and concrete manner.
  • Ability to present to large audiences at a time with confidence and conviction, sell-in creative concepts and flex communication styles based on the audience.
  • Working knowledge of today’s digital channels and emerging technologies.
  • Passion for current trends in Technology, Design, Art, Interactive and Experience Design