Product Designer - Softgoods in Fairfax, VA at ThinkGeek

Date Posted: 7/17/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

You have an innate ability for dreaming up super cool products or apparel and you back it with your solid design prowess. Above all others, you have the creative vision to nail the next epic trend. Sound familiar? If so, The ThinkGeek Overlords want to talk with you. We are on a quest to discover a Geek Culture Soft-goods Product Designer!

HOW YOU’LL DESCRIBE THIS ROLE  

Being a part of a highly skilled and collaborative team of designers, product managers, licensing managers, and inventory managers, ThinkGeek’s Product Designer is responsible for the design, development & tech specs of a variety of innovative soft-goods including: apparel and accessories, bags and home textiles products to achieve great, innovative designs and  CSP (Cost, Schedule & Performance) per ThinkGeek standards, branding objectives and project plan. The Associate will provide knowledge and experience to improve the development & evaluation processes and to develop best practices in the area of product creation. As well as providing innovative designs for retail/consumer goods, new products, improvements, and refreshes. 

HOW YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

  • Work with the Director of 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
  • Knowledge of new and emerging technologies in product materials, treatments & processes.
  • Knowledgeable in identifying trends in shape, material finishes new product areas and techniques.
  • Participate in the presentation of the new trends & opportunities identified in respective product categories to the senior management team.
  • Proactively communicate trends and ideas identified back to colleagues, teams, senior management team
  • Knowledgeable in driving the design and development of new hard goods opportunities.
  • Knowledgeable in evaluating designs for cost effectiveness, considering material options, global sourcing, manufacturability etc.
  • Knowledgeable 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.
  • 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.

YOU’LL BE KNOWN FOR THESE

Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions

Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skill – Having achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position-related areas; keeps up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise

Emotional Intelligence — Leveraging high levels of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management, the capacity to manage behavior, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.

YOU’LL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THESE

  • Bachelor’s degree in Design or related technical field from an accredited program required or equivalent direct industry experience
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in design & development of hard good products – experience in relevant product categories is preferred.

YOU’LL NEED THESE SKILLS 

  • Expert ability to design and document features, trends and features.
  • Expert knowledge of a variety of design/ packaging / materials including plastics.
  • Expert knowledge of methods for hard good products
  • Ability to test materials and final product per industry standards.
  • Proficient knowledge of costs associated with different materials used in package design.
  • Proficient knowledge of graphic printing, associated equipment and materials.
  • Proficient in 2D & 3D - SolidWorks, zBrush, Maya (or similar 3d application), Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficient in creating complex product component drawings using CAD tools, such as SolidWorks
  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically
  • Meet ThinkGeek quality standards
  • Written/verbal communication and presentation skills using spoken English
  • 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
  • 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

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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