Project Designer in Los Angeles, CA

at Spin Master Careers

Date Posted: 7/25/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    7/25/2018

Job Description

About Spin Master 

Spin Master (TSX:TOY; www.spinmaster.com) is a leading global children's entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures, licenses and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer®Bakugan®, Erector® by Meccano®, Hatchimals®, Air Hogs® and PAW Patrol®. Spin Master has produced six television series, including 2007 success Bakugan Battle Brawlers and current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally.

 

Since 2000, Spin Master has received 92 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 28 wins across a variety of product categories, including 13 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year, more than any of its competitors. To date, Spin Master has produced six television series, including 2007 success Bakugan Battle Brawlers and current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master employs over 1,600 people globally with offices in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

 

Job Title:            Staff Designer Project Designer – Girls

Reporting to:     Design Manager  

Location:            Los Angeles

Position: Project Designer – Mid Level Experience

About Spin Master

Spin Master (TSX:TOY; www.spinmaster.com) is a leading global children's entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures, licenses and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer®, Bakugan®, Meccano®, and 2017 Toys of the Year, Hatchimals®, Air Hogs® and PAW Patrol®. Since 2002, Spin Master has received 82 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 21 wins across a variety of product categories, including 13 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year, more than any of its competitors. To date, Spin Master has produced six television series, including 2007 success Bakugan Battle Brawlers and current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master employs over 1,500 people globally with offices in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

 

Job Overview:

Join our team in Los Angeles and design exciting toys for preschool Girls new animated show Abby Hatcher Fuzzly Cather ! Abby Hatcher television show and toy line are both designed within Spin Master and we are seeking a highly motivated designer to join our team.  We are looking for an experienced toy designer that knows how to inject great play features and understands how toys are manufactured inside & out.  This designer needs to exhibit great passion & hunger for producing amazing design work and of course be a great culture fit for the team & Spin Master.

Reporting to the Design Manager within the Girls Design Team, the role requires heightened creativity to design exceptional preschool products (Dolls, Figures, Playsets, Role Play, Plush, Vehicles, etc.). This person should be diverse and flexible as a designer to take on additional products as the department warrants expansion. This person will need to also manage outside design talent and oversee model development.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the development of multiple products at the same time
  • Participate in product & line strategy development
  • Participate in new product brainstorming & presenting multiple options for each new toy
  • Staying current on market and competitive trends
  • Concept Development for existing brands and new areas of expansion
  • Convey initial concepts through design sketches & renderings as well as creation of rough breadboard models
  • Manage the design process from start to finish with emphasis on feasibility, schedule, costs & safety
  • Travel overseas to HK/China to oversee development and Toronto as needed
  • Work closely with Marketing along with LA and Asia Product Development
  • Present toy ideas and models to the executive level of the organization

Job Requirements

Skills & Experience Requirements

  • 5+ years experience as a Toy Designer is required
  • Undergraduate degree in Product Design (BFA), Industrial Design, Product Design or equivalent
  • Proven ideation skills, brainstorming, concept rendering, sketching and computer skills, (PhotoShop, Illustrator, 3D software) are essential
  • Knowledge of Preschool Toys including Vehicles, Figures, Role Play and Playset design & manufacturing is necessary
  • Flexible with changing priorities, and unexpected changes as needs arise
  • Must be a resourceful, self-starter, who knows how to get things done independently; this person will manage his/her own slate
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Proven ability to work in a high volume, innovative, and entrepreneurial environment
  • Experience with developing toys for and from Entertainment properties is a plus

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