Manager, Design - Hatchimals in Toronto

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Date Posted: 1/12/2020

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Please Note: If you are a current Spin Master employee with access to Workday, apply to this job via the Workday application.

Are you looking to further your career with an industry leading, global children's entertainment company? 

At Spin Master, our unwavering commitment to open mindedness, integrity and innovation is a great part of what has made us an industry leader. How do we stay ahead of the pack? By hiring the best and brightest minds—and that’s why we want you! 

What's it like to work here?

Spin Master is a fast-paced, hands-on organization that provides many great opportunities for impactful decision-making; we are building a legacy and welcome individuals with a proven track record of driving results.  

Job Description:

The Job:

We’re looking for an enthusiastic Product Design Manager who loves creating toys with personality to work on Hatchimals and other brands.  The role requires a good knowledge of design and manufacturing, strong creative vision, and excellent project and people management skills.  The ideal candidate will also have good sketching ability, an eye for character design and a talent for innovating.

Working in a fast-paced environment, you’ll show a passion for what you are working on and a constant desire to up your game.  You need to be prepare to speak to your designs and explain why they’re great, but you’re open to input from any level and are happy to make changes to get the product to the next level.  You’ll need to be pro-active to get stuff done and know how to get people to understand your vision, but above all, you’ll love playing with your creations.

What we can expect from you:

  • Lead the Hatchimals design team to deliver great product, with break-frame looks and loads of character across multiple price points and SKUs.
  • Be the creative vision for the Hatchimals brand and speak to what makes your team’s designs great.
  • Manage the day to day deliverables across all the Hatchimals segments, provide a strong voice for design and mentor the design team.
  • Report to the Design Director and partner with Brand Management to drive the business forward strategically.
  • Manage multiple projects on a daily basis including utilizing outside consultants and vendors as needed.
  • Create clear product line presentations for internal review up to the Exec level.
  • Liaise with inventors and in-house resources to deliver a stream of new product concepts to supply the innovation pipeline.
  • Work closely with the Toronto and Hong Kong based engineers to deliver products on time and on cost.

Who’s a good fit for this team:

  • Strong project management and organisational skills are a must.  Spin Master is a fast-paced environment with a lot going on at the same time on so you’ll need the ability to multi-task and prioritise jobs.
  • Experience of leading a team of designers to deliver great designs, often under tight deadlines in a competitive market segment.
  • Strong design skills and the ability to communicate this vision to freelancers and your team.
  • Creative problem solver with the ability to think on your feet and propose novel solutions.
  • A methodical and logical approach to problem solving is a great bonus.
  • CAD modelling skills and understanding of plastic assembly design would help.
  • Strong sketching ability and the skills to communicate verbally and visually.
  • Able to give art direction to outsourced talent and take responsibility for the schedules and costs.
  • Must be open to change and able to cope in a fast paced, and fun work environment.

You should apply if you have the following:

  • 8-10 years’ experience as a designer in the toy industry, preferably in girls’ brands, with at least 1-2 years in management.
  • Proven ideation, brainstorming, concept rendering, sketching and computer skills are essential.
  • Industrial / Product Design degree or equivalent

What you can expect from us:

Our mission is to Make Life More Fun with a vision to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and fun. From top leadership to new and veteran team members alike, everyone at Spin Master embodies our Core Values:
•    Integrity
•    Open Mindset
•    Innovation
•    Partnerships
•    Collaboration
•    Driving Results
•    Entrepreneurship

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We do appreciate all interest; however only those selected for interview will be contacted.