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Senior Product Designer - Squish-a-Longs

  • Job
    Full-time
    Senior Level
  • Product
    Design
  • Culver City

AI generated summary

  • You must have a Bachelor's degree, 5-8 years of toy design experience, knowledge of manufacturing processes, strong project management skills, proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, and excellent communication skills to excel in this senior product designer role.
  • You will lead toy concept generation, stay current on trends, collaborate with internal teams and licensors, present concepts, ensure product meets quality and cost standards, mentor junior designers, and drive projects forward to meet deadlines.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in toy design, industrial design, industrial engineering, or industry relevant field preferred
  • 5-8 years of relevant experience, ideally experience in the girls toy category including small dolls, girls collectibles, fashion dolls, large dolls, playsets, soft goods, plush and role play
  • 1+ years of experience working with global manufacturing factories (Asia preferred)
  • Exhibit interest and knowledge of the current trends/innovations as well as an understanding the competitive marketplace in the toy industry
  • Proactively observes and gain understanding of the competitive marketplace including current trends and innovation
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office & G-Suite
  • Strong proficiency in adobe creative suite (illustrator, photoshop, and InDesign)
  • Strong project management skills
  • Able to work cross functionally and reciprocally with multiple departments
  • Able to work independently or collaboratively
  • Knowledge of materials and multiple manufacturing processes
  • Knowledge of working with licensed brands
  • Exceptional visual, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Able to multitask, organize, prioritize, and manage time efficiently
  • Demonstrates a strong design sense, including a well-developed sense of aesthetics
  • Can easily adapt to shifting priorities, and can manage multiple priorities at one time, while also demonstrating vigilance in keeping projects moving forward and hitting deadlines
  • Effective problem solver and critical thinker; proactive in resolving issues
  • Expertise in control drawings and rendered illustration concepts
  • Ability to deal effectively with diverse individuals at all organizational levels in a professional manner

Responsibilities

  • Be instrumental in generating new toy concepts to enhance new and/or existing brands.
  • Exhibit interest and knowledge of the current trends/innovations as well as an understanding the competitive marketplace in the toy industry.
  • Champion great design in our high-quality products and help assure they are within target cost and QA/QC requirements.
  • Builds consensus between members throughout the design process.
  • Be adaptable to shifting priorities and be vigilant to keep your projects moving forward to hit deadlines.
  • Work collaboratively with your branding, product management, engineering, packaging, licensor and other internal team partners to create product that is the best fit for the brand.
  • Attend Brand and licensing meeting and brainstorming to obtain enough information for product design.
  • Successfully prepare, present, and communicate concepts to the brand, development, management, and licensor teams.
  • Ensure delivery of precise, clear, and complete product turnover specifications and ensure they fully understood by the international team/factory.
  • Support the overall strategic goals of product, provide direction and feedback during the development process that is attentive to Licensor and for brand assurance.
  • Responsible for completing, reviewing, documenting specification changes, submitting for licensor approval, and providing comments for illustrative turns, sculpts, paint masters, and sample reviews.
  • Work closely with brand/management teams to resolve development issues, while assuring designs meet the target cost, schedule, and brand standards.
  • Communicate with packaging design team to assure product and packaging are aligned.
  • Strong leadership competency with a focus on results, influence, accountability, collaboration, quality, cost efficiency, and timelines.
  • Strong use of influencing skills to gain alignment, agreement, and commitments across internal and external key stakeholders.
  • Superior presentation skills, ability to present at all levels within the internal organization as well as key industry events.
  • Establish best practices, standards, and procedures in order to consistently improve product and team efficiency.
  • Coach, mentor, train, develop, and supervise junior product designers throughout design and development processes from concept sketch to production.
  • Prepare and lead meetings, track minutes, manage and prioritize action items for the team.

FAQs

What qualifications are required for the Senior Product Designer - Squish-a-Longs position?

The ideal candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree in toy design, industrial design, industrial engineering, or a related field, along with 5-8 years of relevant experience in the girls toy category. Experience working with global manufacturing factories and knowledge of current trends in the toy industry are also preferred.

What are the key responsibilities of the Senior Product Designer - Squish-a-Longs?

Key responsibilities include generating new toy concepts, collaborating with cross-functional teams, presenting concepts to stakeholders, ensuring product specifications are met, resolving development issues, coaching junior designers, and establishing best practices. Additionally, staying informed about industry trends and innovations is essential.

What working conditions can be expected for the Senior Product Designer - Squish-a-Longs role?

The role is primarily office-based with occasional calls with Asia counterparts outside regular hours. Physical requirements include light lifting up to 25 lbs and extended periods of sitting at a desk. Limited travel may be required.

What skills and competencies are important for the Senior Product Designer - Squish-a-Longs position?

Skills and competencies required include proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, project management, cross-functional collaboration, knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes, working with licensed brands, strong communication skills, problem-solving abilities, ability to adapt to shifting priorities, and effectively dealing with individuals at all levels.

Is there any mentoring involved in the Senior Product Designer - Squish-a-Longs role?

Yes, the Senior Product Designer is responsible for coaching, mentoring, training, developing, and supervising junior product designers throughout the design and development processes. This includes guiding them from concept sketch to production and preparing/leading meetings to prioritize action items for the team.

A toy company laser-focused on bringing content to life through the creation of innovative play experiences.

Retail & Consumer Goods
Industry
1001-5000
Employees
1997
Founded Year

Mission & Purpose

Jazwares, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a leading global toy manufacturer with an award-winning, robust portfolio of wholly owned and licensed brands. Founded in 1997, Jazwares celebrates imaginative play with a progressive focus on identifying new and relevant trends to transform into high-quality products for consumers of all ages. Jazwares engages consumers through innovative play experiences with popular brands such as Squishmallows, Pokémon, Star Wars, CoComelon, Fortnite, AEW, Adopt Me!, Hello Kitty, and many more. In addition to toys, offerings also include Metaverse gaming, costumes, and products for pets. Headquartered in Sunrise, Florida, Jazwares has offices worldwide and sells its products in more than 100 countries