Senior Product Designer

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Moose Toys
Employer Moose Toys
Category Design
Salary Competitive
Type Permanent
Location Australia
Reference SnrPDAug2017

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 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; 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.

IF INTERESTED, PLEASE APPLY NOW!