Responsible for leading design of their own projects, and also for overseeing Product Designers work that falls within their allocated category / brand portfolio.
The Senior Product Designer will work closely with the Design Director on all Product Design aspects of allocated brand portfolio, including:the progression of an idea to concept approval, always ensuring the product has innovative features;the actual workings of the product including technical design solutionswritten specifications;program flowchart and play pattern;model and off-tool reviews;ensuring products are designed to meet specific price points; andprioritisation of tasks to ensure timelines are adhered to.
PRIMARY SKILLS:Knowledge and experience of products within the toy industry;A strong interest in social and cultural trends and fashions;An solid understanding of (but not limited to):
WHAT YOU NEED:Relevant tertiary qualification (Product / Industrial Design degree).Minimum 8 years’ experience in a similar role.
RESPONSIBILITIES:Lead and nurture Product Designers to develop innovative, market-leading design concepts for brands within your portfolio that are on-trend, on price, and suitable for production;Provide senior level Product Design guidance and creative input to the allocated brand portfolio;Responsible for reviewing and correcting all Specification documents passing through the Product Design department, ensuring accuracy and consistency across all brand item specifications;Lead and mentor all factors influencing Product Design; costing, selection of materials, production methods, assembly, new technologies, safety/quality assurance, trends, ergonomics, play pattern, etc.Responsible for identifying knowledge gaps and process inefficiencies within the team, and administering training and support;Work with external contractors or inventors to review and develop concepts, ensuring that they are feasible for manufacture;Work with HK project team and vendors to resolve new product introduction issues, ensuring both mechanism design and electronics assembly are tested/validated correctly;Work from our China office and factories at various points throughout Product Development to fast track critical stages and approvals;Work with relevant internal parties to ensure all projects are presented to an acceptably high standard for various Toy Fairs and presentations;Establish standardised documentation deliverables and timelines for items within allocated brand portfolio;Demonstrate the ability to balance and prioritise tasks for all projects within relevant brands; andEnsure that product concepts do not infringe on existing patents or trademarks.
Please note: This role requires overseas travel to China to resolve production issues at various points throughout the year. Approximately 6-8 trips per year.
Please upload a Resume and a Portfolio of relevant work examples.