Associate Graphic Designer


Riddell is a premier designer and developer of football helmets, protective sports equipment, head impact monitoring technologies, apparel and related accessories. A recognized leader in helmet technology and innovation, Riddell is the leading manufacturer of football helmets and shoulder pads, and a top provider of reconditioning services (cleaning, repairing, repainting and recertifying existing equipment).

Since Riddell’s founding in 1929, we are dedicated to innovation in football equipment and player protection. We are heavily committed to the evolution and demands of the athlete and greater football community, intent on leading football to a strong future.

As part of this approach, Riddell is devoted to advancing the game through newer, game-changing technologies that give athletes elite-level protection.

Position Details

Associate Graphic Designer
Northern Illinois
Des Plaines, IL

Riddell is seeking an Associate Designer to join the Marketing Communications (MarCom) team. This small, but mighty in-house team services stakeholders across the business, including Executives, Sales, Apparel and Consumer Products, as well as providing support to external clients. You will be an integral part of the team, working on design projects from concept to production and final execution. The Associate Designer needs to be highly creative, organized, detail-oriented and interested in the sports industry, predominantly football.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Conceptualize, design, and produce high quality content for Riddell social channels that convey appropriate messaging to chosen target audiences. 
  • Create a variety of digital assets, such as web graphics, social media, video and PowerPoint presentations 
  • Create a variety of print assets, such as event signage, flyers, product packaging and other print collateral 
  • Play a supporting role in designing product catalogs for both print and digital publication 
  • Collaborate internally to plan, manage, produce and creatively direct annual content photo/video shoots, including minimal travel to on-site locations 
  • Contribute ideas for new and existing marketing campaigns and create related assets 
  • Capture product photography & videography in various settings, such as in studio or on-field, with complimentary skillset of post-production with a sports mindset, create layouts for business objectives that reflect the current design trends in the industry utilizing graphics programs 
  • Uphold the Riddell brand guidelines while keeping content fresh and innovative

What We Are Looking For:

Technical Skills

  • Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design, Marketing or related field 
  • 1-2 years of graphic design, marketing or related experience 
  • Working knowledge of print and web Adobe Creative Suite products (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, etc.) 
  • Working knowledge of video editing and animation software (Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects) 
  • Photography skills desired, including knowledge of studio lighting, equipment needs, etc. 
  • Working knowledge of MS Office


  • Self-starter who can take artistic direction and contribute ideas 
  • Able to work independently and as a part of our team 
  • Proven ability to consistently meet tight deadlines while multi-tasking 
  • Absorb direction quickly, always striving to produce consistency in design 
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and collaboration skills 
  • Experience working with project manager and project management software preferred 
  • Interest in working in corporate environment preferred 
  • Interest in sports culture (particularly football) and social media trends required

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