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Director of Product Design

Job title: Director of Product Design
Contract type: Full-time
Location: Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California
Industry: Creative
Remote: Yes
Reference: 407573
Contact name: Makena Neuhoff
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description

Client Overview: 

We are looking for an experienced, extraordinary Director of Product Design who is passionate about spearheading the development of compelling and innovative STEAM products for kids.

 

What We're Looking For: 

 - Has a mechanical engineering background

- Product Designers own the process from beginning to end

- Someone that will manage and be a leader

- This person will manage a lot of ecommerce store and products

 -They will be managing a lot of products across age groups

- Needs to understand how the products will be cohesive

- This candidate needs to be local to the bay area

-Needs to be able to mentor team

-This person needs to be innovative, ideas and pushing the team along

-No specific software's required, need to be proficient in Adobe, illustrator

-They will be managing 4-5 people

-This person needs to be able to be hands on but can also see the bigger picture

 

Role and Responsibilities:

- You are a strategic thinker who rolls up your sleeves to get things done.

- You have built and nurtured loved consumer products, cultivated high performing teams, and managed a high bar for quality standards.

- You’re a tireless champion for the customer and the company's brand.

- You are inherently curious and creative.

- You look for better ways of approaching problem solving, get energized by tough problems, and like collaborating with others to get things done.

- Own the strategy and execution of translating the company's brand to our physical subscription lines

- Create innovative product lines that exceed customer expectations, while pushing the boundaries of what can fit into a 3”x7”x10” crate.

- Build and lead an exceptional product design team.

- Mentor and grow the team, while ensuring consistency and alignment.

- Manage a team of junior and mid-level product designers.

- Establish product vision and direction, while efficiently and effectively drive project timelines.

- Maintain a high bar for quality around all products designed by the team.

- Also ensure that the suppliers maintain the same standards in manufacturing.

- Develop processes and systems that scale.

- Actively seek areas of continuous improvement.

- Work in a highly iterative and collaborative way, directly alongside sourcing, editorial, graphic design, and marketing.

 

Required Qualifications:

As a start-up celebrating creativity and development, we believe and encourage the same in our team. We seek team players with an infectious positive energy, great initiative, and a get-it-done attitude. Candidates must thrive in ambiguity and love a rapid pace. You must have a strong desire to learn and improve. Excellent organizational, communications, and multi-tasking skills are musts.

 

Required Skills and Qualifications Include:

- 10-15+ years of designing physical products.

- You have experience with all aspects of the product development process, from conception through to a finished product.

- You are passionate about the design process and tirelessly pursue excellence in design & consumer experience.

- Passionate about kids, creativity, and early childhood development.

- You love bringing a spark to a child’s eye as they learn something fun and new.

- Proven record of innovation.

- Ability to think creatively and critically - understand how to balance business objectives with user needs.

- Think outside the box, yet put yourself in customers’ shoes

- Broad operating range. Thinks strategically and has a love for detail and product design.

- Understands how to develop and communicate a vision for a product line, while also having the experience and ability to give constructive feedback on a specific product

- Design leadership.

- Experienced in building, mentoring and leading a high-performing team of product designers.

- Able to lead across the entire product life cycle and multiple product launches.

- Able to prioritize and manage resources against project timelines and deliverable dates.

- Exceptional communication skills. Ability to clearly explain product decisions to business partners (marketing, inventory management, editorial, graphic design, eCommerce teams).

- Experience in an entrepreneurial startup environment

- Experience with children’s products If you’re passionate about delivering innovative, delightful, and enriching products and experiences for kids, we’d love to hear from you.

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