Position Title: Assistant Designer - Toy Division
Company: Wild Republic
Reports To: Manager - Toy Division
Department: Product Development
Employment Type: Part-time, Non-Exempt
Location: Twinsburg, Ohio
Shift: 20 hours per week during office hours 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, flexible (potential to become a full-time position in the future)
We are seeking an Assistant Designer – Toy Division to join our product development team.
As a member of the product development team, this role is responsible for assisting with the design and development of the company’s toy line from idea stage through prototype stage to finished item. This position requires working closely with other departments, including graphic design, sales, marketing, and planning departments, and communicating with vendors and colleagues abroad.
We are willing to train a motivated entry-level candidate.
Qualified candidates will have design and illustration skills, strong communication skills, close attention to detail, and a positive attitude.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Toy Design
Works closely with large customers and makers in China to design toy line.
- Displays and Marketing
Creates displays and marketing options for toy line. Works closely with marketing department to achieve marketing objectives relative to toy line.
Creates prototypes to save money on tooling.
- Product Knowledge
Develops strong knowledge of current products and keeps knowledge up-to-date.
- Assist Other Departments
Assists other departments as needed and completes other duties as may be assigned to contribute to the efforts of the team.
Maintains confidentiality of all corporate, personnel and research matters and uses good judgment regarding disclosure to appropriate parties.
- Interdepartmental Communication
Partners with cross-functional departments and teams to ensure customer needs are met, issues are
resolved promptly, and to contribute to overall success for the business.
Skills and Abilities:
Skilled at idea generation, brainstorming and ideation.
- Competition Analysis
Researches competition, consumers and target internal business landscape for identifying trends and insights.
- Creative Abilities
Strong aesthetic sensitivities and functional creativity.
Prepares sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork using Pencils, Markers and Paints/Brushes, or computer-aided design equipment. Modifies and refines designs, using working models, to conform with specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.
- Artistic Skills
Demonstrated drawing, painting, and sculpting talent.
Strong organizational skills to manage own workload while also maintaining department efficiency and records.
Investigates all viable options, along with the potential consequences of each, and then makes timely decisions. Can direct a group through this process and does not hesitate to make difficult decisions.
Demonstrates ownership of responsibilities necessary to achieve desired results and considers additional ways to help the company beyond assigned tasks.
- Attention to detail
High attention to detail and accuracy.
- Analytical Skills
Strong analytical abilities, including the ability to collect and research data, and effectively analyze data to make decisions, while also retaining the ability to be a creative thinker.
Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
- Interpersonal Skills
Strong interpersonal and relationship skills to effectively work with people at all levels in a multicultural environment, including both internal and external customers. Ability to identify the needs of others and handle and manage challenging people effectively.
Ability to build relationships with employees by listening to and considering the opinions of others in choosing a course of action, keeping an open mind, and gaining respect.
Ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities. Handles multiple assignments and priorities yet still fulfills all commitments. Able to handle high volume and multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining quality and attention to detail. Readily accepts new responsibilities and adapts well to changes in procedures. Gives appropriate priorities to various work demands.
Able to organize and plan tasks out according to the demands of the day.
- Policy Knowledge
Understands and follows company policies and procedures.
- Positive attitude.
Maintains a positive attitude.
Ability to problem solve and think outside the norm in some situations; in order to get the tasks at hand accomplished. Speaks clearly, calmly and persuasively in positive or negative situations.
- Presentation Skills
Experience presenting in front of internal and external customers from a variety of levels within an organization. Ability to speak in front of large groups and explain new products and features, as well as engage audiences from a consulting perspective to understand their goals and requirements.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize work appropriately and use time efficiently.
Balances team and individual responsibilities and contributes to building a positive team spirit. Develops and maintains a strong working relationship with internal and external individuals and groups.
- Time Management
Prioritizes tasks and manages time to ensure that deadlines are met. Plans his or her time and sticks to those plans. Prevents or manages interruptions until the highest priority tasks are accomplished.
Required Education / Experience / Specific Job-related Skills
Years of Experience:
1 to 2 years of experience in design is preferred.
BA/BS college degree in design or its equivalent preferred.
This position requires occasionally sitting, standing and walking, and lifting and carrying up to 10 pounds. The position also requires manual dexterity and normal or corrected vision to operate a computer in the course of work.
About the Company:
Everyday millions of children around the world are inspired to learn and play through Wild Republic. Founded in 1979 as the family-owned and operated K&M International, Inc., the Wild Republic brand has grown into an internationally-recognized company, distributing nature-inspired stuffed animals and toys throughout the world. Based in Twinsburg, Ohio, Wild Republic has operations globally in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America, with retail distribution in mass, grocery, drug and specialty retailers. And, with over four decades bringing innovative marketing and IT technology service solutions to the tourism channel, Wild Republic is the leading vendor partner with North America’s most prominent Zoos, Museums and Aquarium attractions.
This privately-owned company is committed to nature and conservation, producing the highest quality toys for children, and creating a world filled with compassion, responsibility and understanding. We are committed to serving our customers in a timely and productive manner, which requires that we all work together as a team. To achieve our goals, we are committed to building and maintaining an organization that aligns with our Core Values.
- Express Empathy and Humility toward Others
- Foster Relationships with Honest and Considerate Communications
- Honor Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, and Profit
- Deliver Excellence with Customer Service
- Accept Responsibility and Authority
- Demonstrate Respect and Cooperation
Wild Republic is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment against any individual on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. Furthermore, we comply with the laws and regulations set forth in the following EEO is the Law Poster: EEO IS THE LAW
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