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Date Advertised
12/09/2017
Job Type
Full Time Job Ad
Job Level
Senior
Profession
Industrial Designer
Skills Required
Design, Illustrator, Photoshop, Solid works)

Address

Melbourne, 3192
Victoria, Australia

Senior Product Designer

Melbourne, Victoria

ROLE OBJECTIVE:

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 solutions
  • written specifications;
  • program flowchart and play pattern;
  • model and off-tool reviews;
  • ensuring products are designed to meet specific price points; and
  • prioritisation 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):
    - tooling / injection moulding / moulding of hard goods
    - plastics - material selection, properties and specification
    - production and assembly of plastic consumer items
    - basic QA
    - printing processes
    - basic pattern-making, sewing and stitching
  • Ability to think creatively;
  • Ability to think in 3D;
  • Basic model making skills;
  • Strong sketching skills;
  • Methodical and attentive to detail;
  • Understanding of patents;
  • Excellent computer skills with preferred knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Solidworks;
  • Good time management with the ability to work to deadlines in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Experience coaching/training others; and
  • An ability to build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, Senior Management and external parties.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification (Product / Industrial Design degree).
  • Minimum 8 yearsâ 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; and
  • Ensure 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.


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