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.
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 years’ experience in a similar role.
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.