Job Listing Detail

Lead Designer

Location: California
Date: 8/2/2018

Our client is an employee owned company with amazing benefits, including free yoga once a week. They are in pursuit of a Lead Designer to develop the next generation of safety products. You will get to design and develop high quality and innovative soft good products, including bags, and packs.

Design:
•Drive innovation through materials, technology integration, and advanced manufacturing methods
•Create and implement a cohesive design language across our soft goods product portfolio
•Design products and collections around coherent themes, functions, prices, etc., understanding product designs in relation to the brand
•Develop and create illustrations and technical drawings for new design concepts and digital renderings of materialization in CAD and/or other design programs, detailing concept, materials, and development specifications
Research:
•Research and communicate current and developing market trends and their impact on new product designs
•Analyze competitive markets and trends for products and categories, combining all necessary trend, material, and market research into viable products
•Develop semi-annual trend forecast and presentations
Project Management:
•Own and drive product development timelines forward, hitting quality and margin targets, and integrating with other teams within the company to ensure that our products meet broader company objectives
Detail and process-oriented:
•Own the on time and quality approved implementation of product innovations
•Participate in brainstorms to identify soft goods product concepts in line with brand strategies
•Prepare concept sketches and renderings for presentation and review
•Produce CAD drawings and product specification for prototype development and manufacturing
•Prepare control drawings, taking engineering requirements and manufacturing into consideration
Prototyping:
•Use familiarity with manufacturing methods and materials for prototyping and design iteration
•Use physical prototyping to bring life to ideas, inform design decisions, and drive the process forward
•Use concept prototypes to develop production designs that are functional, innovative and able to be competitively manufactured either in house or outsource facilities
Collaboration & Communication:
•Successfully present and communicate concepts to the Engineering, Product, Operations and Marketing departments
•Partner with cross-functional teams and outside vendors to insure product integrity and marketing objectives
Continuous Improvement:
•Ensure products are on the cutting edge
•Be a lifelong learner

Skills Knowledge and Abilities:
•Understanding and experience leading soft goods development through the manufacturing process
•Knowledge of soft goods construction, material construction and performance properties, pattern making, costing, embroidery, and trim applications
•Detailed and organized with the ability to handle high volume of work while maintain quality
•Experience with technical design documentation packages and Quality Assurance processes
•Innovative mindset with a passion for creative and disruptive ideas that will create the future for our soft goods
•Ability to envision design and manufacturing “what-ifs” with a fresh perspective
•Skilled at removing barriers to make us a more nimble business and organization
•Ability to develop a deep knowledge of our product, services, and history
•Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work with people of at all levels
•Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, clients, and customers
•Ability to work autonomously and in a team environment
•Ability to work in an ad hoc environment and be willing to “roll-up your sleeves”
•Ability to build relationships with internal and external customers
•Experience with product and material testing desired

Qualifications:
•BS/BA degree in Industrial Design, or equivalent degree preferred or relevant work experience
•5+ years of proven commercial success designing technical soft goods products
•Portfolio demonstrating strong design excellence, forward visual thinking and superior problem solving
•Experience with Solid works or other 3D CAD programs
•Experience with Adobe Design Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator or design programs
•Valid Driver’s License with an insurable DMV record required
•U.S. Passport desired

All Candidates must be able to provide work related references.

All Candidates must be able to provide work related references.

If you're a candidate and would like to submit your confidential resume, please use resumes@rushandcompany.com. We will contact you if your qualifications match any of our current job searches.

 

Rush & Company is a full service Executive Search Firm that specializes in the Soft Goods industry. Included in this industry are the apparel, home furnishings and industrial markets. We work in the fiber, fabric and fashion industry with clients and candidates located all over the world

If you're a candidate and would like to submit your confidential resume, please use resumes@rushandcompany.com. We will contact you if your qualifications match any of our current job searches.

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