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Senior Product Designer

Location: Fairfax, VA

Department: Merchandising & Product Development

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

SUMMARY

Specialty retail merchandising and product development are supposed to be fun. It still is at ThinkGeek. Join one of GME's most rapidly growing and profitable brands. We're agile, we’'e responsive, we're entrepreneurial — and we’re fun.  It’s time for you to buy in - Join In. Geek Out.

Working independently, ThinkGeek's Senior Product Designer is responsible for the design, development & testing of a variety of innovative products to achieve CSP (Cost, Schedule & Performance) per ThinkGeek standards, branding objectives and project plan. The Associate will provide expert leadership to improve the development & evaluation processes and to develop best practices in the area of product creation. Provide innovative designs in developing for retail/consumer goods, new products, improvements, refreshes and cost reduction. Provide creative leadership to a team of designers that fosters broadened creativity, professional development, and the use of cutting edge technologies and innovative design approaches in design solutions for consumer market. The Associate will interact with his or her supervisor as needed by either. Most activities are completed with minimal supervision and broad autonomy. Some non-routine and/or unique activities may require supervisor's and/or leadership's advance approval.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Direct design team. Mentor, coach, motivate, and inspire team members. Conduct annual performance reviews and individual development plans to identify potential opportunities for personal and professional growth while creating plans to further cultivate skill sets
  • Work with Director, Product Design and cross-functional teams to develop goals and strategies for product concept development and line plan development to meet corporate strategies and financial goals
  • Work with cross-functional teams to ensure compliance with packaging and development standards as it relates to global packaging and product development
  • Maintain the conceptual and stylistic direction for the design team and graphic designers
  • Approve all local work to ensure it adheres to project requirements and quality standards as established by the department
  • Proficient in knowledge of brand, consumer, graphic, associated equipment and materials
  • Possess advanced creative & innovative thinking towards solutions in designing a variety of designs for best possible shelf appeal
  • Expert knowledge of new and emerging technologies in product materials, treatments & processes.
  • Expert in identifying trends in shape, material finishes new product areas and techniques.
  • Organize & oversee the presentation of the new trends & opportunities identified to the senior management team.
  • Proactively communicate trends and ideas identified back to colleagues, teams, senior management team
  • Expert in driving the design and development of new hard goods opportunities.
  • Expert in evaluating designs for cost effectiveness, considering material options, global sourcing, manufacturability etc.
  • Expert in performing preliminary design feasibility to determine proper size, style and affordability.
  • Sustain current designs for improvements in quality and cost.
  • Develop, manage and sustain documentation of new designs to ensure high-level accuracy in what is communicated.
  • Collaborating with the Product Management team, actively participate in onsite meetings with key factories, exhibitions, and trade fairs.
  • Organize recruitment and development for the hard goods areas within the design team.
  • Manage relationships in a manner acceptable to others and to the organization; adhere consistently with all organizational policies related to our respectful workplace.
  • Model team commitment by adhering to the team's expectations and guidelines; fulfilling team responsibilities; and demonstrating personal commitment to the team by being cooperative, collaborative, and flexible.

BASIC AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION, AND/OR EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor's degree in Design or related technical field from an accredited program required or equivalent direct industry experience
  • Minimum of 8 years experience in design & development of hard good products
  • Minimum of 5 years experience managing a product design team
  • Ability to design and document features, trends and features.
  • Knowledge of a variety of design/ packaging / materials including plastics.
  • Complete knowledge of methods for hard good products.
  • Ability to test materials and final product per industry standards.
  • Complete knowledge of costs associated with different materials used in package design.
  • General knowledge of graphic printing, associated equipment and materials.
  • Fully proficient in 2D & 3D - SolidWorks, zBrush, Maya (or similar 3d application), Adobe Creative Suite
  • Expert in creating complex product component drawings using CAD tools, such as SolidWorks
  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically
  • Meet ThinkGeek quality standards
  • Possess the learning capacity to receive and apply cross-functional training; willingness to assist other functions and work groups as needed so the department achieves or exceeds its overall business objectives
  • Provides timely guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas needed to accomplish a task or solve a problem
  • Provides timely guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas needed to accomplish a task or solve a problem
  • Expert project planning skills, including the ability to organize, prioritize and control job responsibilities in order to meet deadlines in an environment with overlapping and potentially conflicting priorities
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office software programs, especially Outlook, Excel and Word
  • Working knowledge of the collectibles, pop culture, and/or video gaming industries
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing priorities with promptness, efficiency and ease
  • Consistently demonstrates a commitment to ThinkGeek & GME policies and procedures, including but not limited to, attendance, confidentiality, conflict of interest and ethical responsibilities 

Remote candidates must be willing to relocation to VA 

ThinkGeek Perks 

Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees: 

Comprehensive benefits plans
Generous Paid Time Off Policy
401(k) Plan with Company Match
Dog-friendly Office
ThinkGeek / GameStop Employee Discount

About ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek, founded in 1999, is the number one destination in the galaxy for smart products and unique gifts that appeal to the geek community. We're a lean, multi-channel retailer and product-development company manufacturing over 400 exclusive items annually, spanning most consumer products categories and 40+ licenses. We're innovative marketers with a dedicated and passionate fan-base in the millions, and we're a member of the GameStop family since 2015.

Our mission is to create a world where everyone can embrace their inner geek and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic product experiences that stimulate our fans' imaginations and fuel their geek core.

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