Toy & Game Industry Employment Opportunities

Brand Manager at Play Monster!

If your current job or career isn’t fun and playful, then you should definitely apply to become part of the PlayMonster team! We’re a growing group of playful people who enjoy what we do and do it well. Since our business is toys and games, we can’t help but have fun! We can be serious, too, when we need to be, but always with a smile!

 

Our laid-back work atmosphere and casual dress code are simple comforts we appreciate daily, and things such as holiday celebrations and cookouts are fun events that get sprinkled in here and there to add more fun! Add in the generous paid time off, holidays, compensated volunteer days, tuition reimbursement, summer hours, 401K matching and more, and PlayMonster is just about irresistible!

Sproutel is Looking for a Designer!

As a designer, you’ll work in a small cross-disciplinary team to develop products from design through manufacturing. We’re looking for multidisciplinary product designers to interview users, ideate new products, create and test prototypes, develop client presentations, and work with engineering teams to design products for manufacturability. The perfect candidate enjoys taking on new challenges, is flexible to adapt to growing needs, is high energy and highly motivated, and wants to do meaningful work that ctes impact.

 

Some qualifications and responsibilities for this position include:

  • Research. Secondary and primary research, including ethnographic and user research and testing prototypes and products with a wide range of ages (children to seniors)

  • Prototyping. Physical and digital prototyping to build up concepts

  • Project Management. Track and execute projects on a timely basis

  • Client Communication. Internal and external presentations and documentation

 

Some qualities we value at Sproutel:

·       You are curious and enjoy learning. We’re often faced with new challenges, and celebrate diving into them.

·      You are a collaborator. Teamwork makes the dream work. We look forward to pair programming, code reviews, whiteboard sessions, and lunch conversations.

Read more... https://app.trinethire.com/companies/21038-sproutel-inc/jobs/17177-designer

Sproutel is Looking for a Design Strategist

Sproutel is a patient-centered R&D workshop, focused on developing empathetic technology to make healthcare playful. We work in small cross-disciplinary teams, collaborating with industry partners to scope, conceptualize, and develop new products. 

 

We’re looking for a multidisciplinary design strategist with a background in design consulting or related field (4+ years). As a design strategist, you’ll interview users, gather market insights, ideate new products, develop client presentations, and design business models for market viability. The perfect candidate enjoys taking on new challenges, is flexible to adapt to growing needs, is highly motivated, and wants to do meaningful work that creates impact.

 

Read more... https://app.trinethire.com/companies/21038-sproutel-inc/jobs/17520-design-strategist

Director of Consumer Sales, Mass Market

Educational Insights & Learning Resources are seeking a new team player! Our Director of Consumer Sales must have a passion for people, travel and toys. If you are a believer in "work is play," we'd love to hear from you!

hand2mind is Growing! We are looking for a Creative Director, a Graphic Designer and more. 

We are a 100-person strong, family-owned company with a mission to support teachers, inspire students, engage parents, and champion learning by doing. For over 50 years, schools and districts across the country have relied on our high-quality, hands-on materials to expand their core curriculum. More recently, we have extended our reach and brought our educational product to the retail market so that we can engage children everywhere. We have a passion for learning and are always on the lookout for new ways to get students’ hands and minds working together! 

Product Manager at The United States Playing Card Company

For over 150 years, The United States Playing Card Company (“USPC”) has been the leader in the production and distribution of premier playing cards and a creator of games. Well-known and iconic brands such as BEE®, BICYCLE®, KEM®, ARISTOCRAT® and HOYLE® are part of our portfolio.

 

Whether it is a game night with the family or a game of blackjack on the casino floor - our brands and products play a part. USPC seeks to win with consumers by delighting them with high quality, relevant products. We are seeking a Product Manager to join our team who can develop and manage our expansive portfolio of playing card products for today’s consumer. This valued colleague is someone who can help us shape the future while managing a portfolio for continued growth. The Product Manager a multifaceted individual, who will lead others in the creation of new products and supporting trade and consumer marketing assets needed to make them a success. They understand that the best work comes from effective teams and an openness to new ideas.

 

You may be the one we are looking for if you are hands on, can flex from working independently to leading teams, and your superpowers include superior communication and meticulous planning. We will know you are the one if you demonstrate that you: are as effective with analysis of data as you are with the subjectivity of creative work; can craft a killer design brief; are vigilant in understanding evolving consumer needs; have an eye for great design.

Asmodee has a variety of opportunities!

Designers, cooks, managers, sales and more! 

Concept artist at Magicbox in sunny Barcelona!

At Magic Box we are very experienced creators, who build our own brands and create new trends in the collectable toy market.

We are growing fast and expanding globally. We’re making new toys and playsets that will enrich the universes and the play possibilities that are unique within our product lines MojiPops and Superzings and new lines that .

To help us in our mission, we are seeking multiple passionate innovative, fun and highly creative Senior Product Designers to join our Magic Box Design team in Sant Cugat, Barcelona.

As a Senior Product Designer you will be developing toys and playsets from the first concept to the final delivery to the factory. 

You will also work as a mentor and role model for the new designers joining the MagicBox design team. 

 You have:

·         A passion for toys and a strong will to make awesome products with a can-do attitude.  

·         An innovative mindset to envision new possibilities with a fresh new perspective.

·         A passion to innovate as a way to improve every product you make. 

·         A Portfolio demonstrating previous experience designing toys and playsets, forward visual thinking and superior ability to understand how to make a product that delivers a great play experience. 

·         Can demonstrate a high level of 3D digital modeling capabilities as well as digital rendering skills.

·         Passion/knowledge of current trends in general and in the toy industry.

·         Skill in brainstorming and ideation with strong sketching skills.

·         Strong organizational, time management and prioritizing skills. 

·         Basic model making skills. This will be a part of the ideation and development processes. 

Requirements:

·         BS/BA degree in Industrial Design, Fine Arts, Toy Design or equivalent degree

·         Previous toy design experience.

·         Knowledge of plastic materials and manufacturing process.  

Senior Product Designer at Magicbox in gorgeous Barcelona!

At Magic Box we are very experienced creators, who build our own brands and create new trends in the collectable toy market.

We are growing fast and expanding globally. We’re making new toys and playsets that will enrich the universes and the play possibilities that are unique within our product lines MojiPops and Superzings and new lines that .

To help us in our mission, we are seeking multiple passionate innovative, fun and highly creative Concept Artists to join our Magic Box Design team in Sant Cugat, Barcelona.

As a Concept Aritst you will be creating concepts of toys and playsets and will take a key role in developing the universe and the style of the new lines that we will be working on. 

 You have:

·         A passion for toys and a strong will to make awesome products with a can-do attitude.  

·         An innovative mindset to envision new possibilities with a fresh new perspective.

·         A passion to innovate as a way to improve every product you make. 

·         A Portfolio demonstrating previous experience designing toys and playsets, forward visual thinking and superior ability to understand how to make a product that delivers a great play experience. 

·         Can demonstrate a superior level of sketching and rendering with a high level of detail.

·         Passion/knowledge of current trends in general and in the toy industry.

·         Strong organizational, time management and prioritizing skills. 

Requirements:

·         BS/BA degree in Industrial Design, Fine Arts, Toy Design or equivalent degree

·         Previous toy design experience.

Sr. Director Product Design

Hasbro is looking for a full-time Senior Design Director to run the new games team in the gaming design org!


Reporting to the VP of Design & Development, you will be directly responsible for the visioning, innovation, development and aesthetic outcome of multiple projects, working alongside multi-talented, professionals in Marketing, Engineering and Design. We are looking for a creative leader who possesses the right tools to vision and create truly innovative game experiences for our consumers.


You will be leading one of the hottest categories in the industry – Focus on new initiatives and quick to market opportunities This person must have knowledge  of the games industry, must be able to work cross demographics and use relevant consumer insights to lead a team to develop new games.
This role requires an entrepreneurial spirt, awareness of relevant trends in pop culture, creative vision as well as lots of humor!

Mechanical Engineer at Radio Flyer

We are looking for a mechanical engineer who is passionate about solving complex problems while developing awesome kids’ products. We create product concepts, validate them through rigorous prototyping, and agonize over the design and manufacturing details to develop outstanding products. Experience developing consumer products that found success in the marketplace is a requirement.  Do you work hard to understand users and dig deep to uncover their unmet needs?  We are looking for a creative engineer who can bring ideas, solve mechanical challenges, and drive the product into production on schedule, at cost target and with great quality.

Electrical Engineer at Radio Flyer

We are looking for a mechanical engineer who is passionate about solving complex problems while developing awesome kids’ products. We create product concepts, validate them through rigorous prototyping, and agonize over the design and manufacturing details to develop outstanding products. Experience developing consumer products that found success in the marketplace is a requirement.  Do you work hard to understand users and dig deep to uncover their unmet needs?  We are looking for a creative engineer who can bring ideas, solve mechanical challenges, and drive the product into production on schedule, at cost target and with great quality.

Senior Product Designer, Toys Invention Division

The Opportunity

JMP Creative, a company unlike any other, is seeking a full-time Senior Product Designer for our Toys Invention Division with the experience, attributes and vision to generate awesome toy concepts and make the vision come to life through various stages of development. This position includes a competitive salary and benefits package (medical, dental, 401K).

 

Required Experience & Attributes

·       Toy industry knowledge and proven experience (5 to 10 years)

·       Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (e.g., Industrial Design, Toy Design, Engineering)

·       Strong understanding of toy play patterns, features and mechanisms

·       Prototyping physical models

·       Strong design skills

·       Creative thinking within a collaborative team setting

·       Keen insights for market, consumer, technology and cultural trends

·       Strong understanding of materials and manufacturing processes

·       Proficient in 3D product design software and use of 3D printers

·       Use of Photoshop and Illustrator

·       Time management between varying deadlines

·       Eager and able to work within a team environment

·       Attentive to detail

 

Primary Responsibilities

·       Product ideation and development

·       Conceptual sketches and renderings

·       Development of toy play patterns and key features

·       Technical design

·       Control drawings

·       Prototyping and modeling

·       Materials selection with costing controls

·       Problem-solving for design issues

·       Specification packages

·       Industry and competitive research

·       Video editing a plus

 

How to Apply

For our consideration, you must demonstrate that you possess the experience, traits and attributes we’re seeking by providing a résumé in PDF format, to include a link to your online portfolio. We will only accept applications via email, as in-person applications will not be accepted.  

 

Our Company

Based in Orange County, California, JMP Creative is a world-class product development and marketing agency specializing in the toy industry. The team consists of product developers, designers, marketers, social media specialists and more. We offer a unique and refreshing culture, and work both as a family and support group. We’re the opposite of the slow-moving corporate world. We have the latest and greatest tools and technologies at our disposal, and our facility is nothing like anything you’ve ever experienced!

MID-LEVEL PRODUCT DESIGNER at Seven Towns Ltd in London, United Kingdom

Toy and game inventing is our game! 

Our inspiration is the world around us and, whilst we all have our favourites, we try to develop new concepts across the full range of toy and game categories every year.


These include games, craft activities, pre-school products, dolls, vehicles, action figures and outdoor/sports items.

Be a PlayMonster Associate Brand Manager who wants to work hard and play harder!

If your current job or career isn’t fun and playful, then you should definitely apply to become part of the PlayMonster team! We’re a growing group of playful people who enjoy what we do and do it well. Since our business is toys and games, we can’t help but have fun! We can be serious, too, when we need to be, but always with a smile!

Our laid-back work atmosphere and casual dress code are simple comforts we appreciate daily, and things such as holiday celebrations and cookouts are fun events that get sprinkled in here and there to add more fun! Add in the generous paid time off, holidays, compensated volunteer days, tuition reimbursement, summer hours, 401K matching and more, and PlayMonster is just about irresistible!

Jr. Product Designer

ThinkFun’s Jr. Product Designer is responsible for assisting in the product design phase of product development. Designer tasks include but are not limited to, creating of Bill of Materials, creation of story boards and coordination of playtests. The candidate must have a working knowledge of Solidworks and a degree in Product Design or related field. The candidate should have 1-2 years of professional design experience, be detail-oriented, and work well with others. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the position along with your salary requirements and resume. This position reports to the Head of Product Design.  For more information visit HERE

Junior Graphic Designer at ThinkFun

Responsible for modifying and executing high quality visual design solutions in support of corporate objectives. They will also be involved in the modification of graphic design for a variety of projects including game components and packaging, promotional material, company catalogs, trade show graphics, and web graphics. This position will provide support as needed to the creative team.

EI is actively seeking Product Development rockstars for their growing team. Apply today!

For more information, visit this page https://edin.com/applynow

Send an email to Sheetal Kesari by clicking on the Contact button. 

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Financial Analyst

Position Description: The Financial Analyst supports the Corporate Finance department for a small group of companies. This is a key analytic role within the entire organization. The Financial Analyst is responsible for preparing financial analyses and developing models to increase business productivity, improve decision making and advance results. The role requires a highly organized, detail-oriented self-starter who works well across a variety of teams and delivers high-quality data driven results. Scope of Responsibilities: The individual in this role will: Analyze, interpret and report customer, consumer and financial data; provide recommendations based on analyses Provide ROI analysis for product, customer and marketing initiatives; analyze the performance of business channels, marketing campaigns and other key initiatives Participate in an Analytic Taskforce to solve key business problems with a group of cross-functional team members Create and update various management and ad hoc reports Develop an overall knowledge of the businesses Other projects as they relate to the Corporate Finance group Requirements/Preferences: Bachelor’s degree in accounting or CPA certification 3 - 7 years of general accounting experience including financial statement analysis Knowledge and understanding of GAAP Excellent oral and written communication skills Strong system skills including intermediate/advanced Microsoft Excel and Access skills Experience working at a distribution company Ideal attributes: Ability to work independently and cross-functionally Demonstrated experience successfully leveraging data and insights to drive improved business performance Flexible and able to adapt quickly to change Strong communication skills Physical Demands: Standing – up to10% of the time Sitting –up to 90% of the time

Quality Inspector

Position Description: Be a thorough inspector of our products and processes within our warehouse. This position will require cross-training to also learn the roles of inspections and audits in the areas of incoming shipments, assembled goods, picking procedures, and detailed inspection of customer orders to ensure accuracy. Also, this role requires supporting other areas of the company including operations, sales/marketing, customer service, and purchasing. Being accountable for the high-quality of our products to our customers is first and foremost. Scope of Responsibilities: The individual in this role will: Inspect all incoming product per set QC criteria before releasing to warehouse for placement, picking, and shipping, which includes accuracy, functionality, and damage control. Audit in-house assemblies, direct customer orders, and larger special customer orders to ensure accuracy, appearance, and compliance according to AQL standards. Work with the Operations Team/Supervisors to maintain a regular inspection plan and enforce accountability when errors occur. Learn the processes of the flow of products and orders through the warehouse system. Manage data supporting inspection findings and be able to report metrics to management. Cross-train with other inspection teammates to be able to offer support for all facets of shipping and receiving flow. Manage internal product rework by coordinating the process with the QA Manager and operations team. Other duties for this role will be assigned as necessary/appropriate. (statement required for all positions) Requirements/Preferences: 4 yr degree preferable (degree in operations or quality), but open to speaking to new college graduates. Desire to learn and grow in the area of operations and/or regulatory compliance. Experience in Quality, preferably with inspections and audits. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, etc.). Ability to read, comprehend, analyze, and create metrics based on inspection results. Ability to multi-task within a warehouse environment. Be motivated, flexible, independent, detail-oriented, and innovative. Ideal attributes: Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) a plus. Strong attention to detail. Outgoing with clear communication skills. Be a self-starter with confidence to problem solve and make decisions independently. Possess strong organizational skills. Be able to have open communication and build relationships with warehouse/operations team and supervisors. Physical Demands: (standard; based on Position Type) Standing – up to 85% Sitting – up to 15% Computer usage – 30% Travel – 0%

Manager, Dealer Sales

The Manager, Dealer Sales will direct & manage sales to the B2B retail channel. The principal responsibility of this role is leading the company's Amazon.com sales effort, including analytics, relationship management, coordination with Marketing and Operations, sales operations, identifying new opportunities, customer visits, etc. The Manager will also be responsible for building market share for h2m products with other retailers and eCommerce partners. This role executes the sales strategy consistent with our brand strategy within the reseller channel. This position is responsible to build a dealer business model and pull together the support structure necessary for successful penetration of the reseller marketplace. Duties & Responsibilities: Develop and implement strategy to build market share for h2m products available for sales through resellers. Participate in product development process and collaborate with Marketing on B2B market development strategies. Network and establish relationships with customer vendor managers, buyers, and other purchase decision makers with existing and new B2B customers. Achieve agreed sales goals for Dealer sales product ranges and/or OEM products. Collaborate with Marketing team on B2B marketing strategy, tactics and implementation for specific accounts, most notably Amazon. Subjects of particular interest are online advertising, awareness campaigns, other marketing programs, development of retail packaging. Coordinate with Customer Service, Operations, and IT in the integration and outstanding service of B2B customers. Drive employees and organizational performance through alignment of goals, ongoing feedback and periodic appraisal. Requirements/Preferences: Bachelor's degree. 5 years of eCommerce Sales experience. Strong working knowledge of eCommerce platforms such as Amazon. Experience in managing/directing sales/operations, customer service and employee management. Demonstrated ability to work with cross-functional teams and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Demonstrated ability to influence senior partner executives to invest their staff's time and efforts in building a committed partnership. Strong project management, organizational and time management skills. Excellent problem-solving, analytical and evaluative skills. Ideal attributes: Works collaboratively with multiple internal departments (Ops, IT, Mkt, Sales, Creative). Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Exceptional data analysis and advanced proficiency in using MS Excel/Access. Self-motivated, able to work with a minimum of supervision. Ability to strategically prioritize multiple tasks in a proactive manner. Physical Demands: Standing – up to 20% Sitting – up to 80% Computer usage – 90% Travel – 30% We are a drug-free workplace and an EEO employer. Please note that this role will be filled by our internal recruitment team, so no assistance is needed from any outside staffing agency at this time.

Account Manager

As part of the Account Management team within ETA hand2mind’s business-to-business OEM segment, you will be responsible for protecting and growing existing client business and identifying and securing new client opportunities aligned to our corporate strategy and capabilities. In the Account Manager role, you will ensure that the unique needs contractual obligations of our company’s top revenue producing clients are consistently exceeded. Developing trusted relationships at all levels (junior to C-level) within client organizations, you will serve as the liaison between our clients and our supply chain and customer service teams providing them guidance on client product and operational needs and business development activities. Scope of Responsibilities: The individual in this role will: Strengthen relationships deep within existing client networks through the development and execution of strategic account plans, conducting technical and consultative sales support calls at client sites and through conference calls, and proactively identifying and resolving critical issues encountered by our clients and the ETA hand2mind team. Assume leadership role in driving a first-class client experience that creates lasting relationships, builds competitive barriers to entry, and meets or exceeds company’s contractual performance obligations Facilitate the internal rollout of new products and services for new and existing clients through communication of client specifications, product forecasts, and service-level requirements with appropriate internal team members Develop and lead solutions-based sales presentations tailored to the needs of each client/prospect Lead the processing and winning of RFPs from existing clients and new prospects through collaboration with our product development, supply chain, marketing, and finance teams. Partner with our marketing team to develop and execute a sustained marketing campaign to increase ETA hand2mind’s visibility in the marketplace as a full-service solutions provider Stay abreast of clients’ product offerings, competitor activity, market trends, and clients’ priorities while monitoring and addressing ETA hand2mind’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats Other duties for this role will be assigned as necessary/appropriate. Requirements/Preferences: Bachelor degree in discipline related to functional work OR demonstrated ability to meet the job requirements through a minimum of 5 years of account management experience and some post-secondary education. Experience in leading and managing client-based projects in a manufacturing environment is preferred Understanding of printing, kitting, packaging, injection molding, or other manufacturing and supply chain processes is a plus Excellent verbal and written skills with the ability to communicate with all levels (junior and C-level) of client and internal contacts. Above average skill in MS Excel and average ability in MS Word and PowerPoint required Must be analytical in thought with the ability to move between strategic focus and practical application to solve problems and capitalize on opportunities. An analytical mindset with ability to connect sales data and market intelligence with pricing and selling strategy Ideal Attributes: Ability to collaborate with leadership, colleagues and team members to create and sustain results driven, team-oriented environment Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize work Strategic, entrepreneurial, curious, flexible/adaptable Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision making skills Active listening skills Physical Demands: (standard; based on Position Type) Standing – up to 10% of the time Walking – up to 10% of the time Sitting – up to 80% of the time Ability to lift up to 50 pounds Travel up to 30% of the time We are a drug-free workplace and an EEO employer. Please note that this role will be filled by our internal recruitment team, so no assistance is needed from any outside staffing agency at this time.

Director of eCommerce

We are a 100-person strong, family-owned company with a mission to support teachers, inspire students, engage parents, and champion learning by doing. For over 50 years, schools and districts across the country have relied on our high-quality, hands-on materials to expand their core curriculum. More recently, we have extended our reach and brought our educational product to the retail market so that we can engage children everywhere. We have a passion for learning and are always on the lookout for new ways to get students’ hands and minds working together! We’re currently seeking a Director of eCommerce who is a strategic and analytic thinker, a problem solver, and a ROI generator. The Director of eCommerce is responsible for all aspects of the eCommerce business for hand2mind.com as well as all online retail partners to include business planning, content strategy and development, performance-based promotional campaigns, website design, customer experience, web analytics and web technologies. This leader will be a big picture thinker who is also a hands-on manager. This individual needs to be results-oriented, organized and committed to flawless execution. In addition, the ideal candidate will be an inspirational leader who can articulate a vision and lead a team to realize it. Scope of Responsibilities: The individual in this role will: Optimize the performance, drive customer engagement, and increase conversion on hand2mind.com to drive online sales or be the catalyst for offline orders Develop ecommerce marketing plans to grow revenue on retail partner websites as well as increase site traffic on hand2mind.com Oversee online retail partner promotional programs and search campaigns, SEM, SEO, and eMail Build and consistently improve the management of marketing platforms to optimize brand & product placement and performance on retailer sites – like Amazon AMS. Oversee overall design of digital assets and their allocation across various platforms. Ensure alignment with brand strategy Develop content strategies across all retail partner websites and hand2mind.com to improve website and natural search results for ETA hand2mind products making sure individual requirements are met, and that content is continuously optimized Oversee reviews for ecommerce retailer sites and make merchandising recommendations as required to drive performance and achieve strategic goals. Use market research and site data to understand customer needs, identify new opportunities, and identify evolving business requirements Keep abreast of best practices and function as the digital lead and subject matter expert Coach and develop a strong eCommerce team that is strategic and data-driven Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) across all channels and a process for measurement and optimization; measure results across marketing initiatives, identify implications and make necessary adjustments to strategies based on learnings Manage relationships with all third party service providers to ensure effectiveness and efficiency Build cross-functional relationships with key departments such as brand, sales, finance, creative, legal, operations, and IT, to ensure smooth and efficient processes Be a visionary and catalyst relative to industry developments relating to eCommerce to assist in the evolution of the strategy. Rigorously monitor competitor efforts, site changes and industry trends to take preemptive and responsive actions, as appropriate Serve as an advocate for the digital business within the company, collaborate broadly, and ensure that all team members and partners are focused on building this business through continual communication, monitoring and bringing digital "DNA" to the organization Other duties for this role will be assigned as necessary/appropriate. Requirements/Preferences: Experience with DNN platform preferred Undergraduate degree required, MBA preferred 8+ years experience in digital marketing Proven ecommerce merchandising and marketing experience Experience in pay per click marketing, online review management, email marketing, content management, integrated marketing planning, online display advertising, and agency management. Experience using online marketing program management tools such as Amazon AMS A strong businessperson with solid financial acumen to complement her/ his functional depth in digital marketing Must be able to both develop strategies and lead teams in tactical execution Build and maintain effective relationships with senior management, product and sales teams, peers and vendor/agency partners and manage those relationships to achieve marketing objectives Data Driven with excellent analytic skills Ideal attributes: Results-driven attitude; a self starter who thinks and participates effectively, both independently and as part of a team Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to articulate her/his views crisply and convincingly Takes action: proactive and resourceful in solving problems, making decisions and executing on goals A highly driven marketer, capable of selling ideas and/or stimulating others within and without the group Owns Results--follows through on commitments, takes responsibility, and produces quality results Connects inside and outside the team; shares information, transfers knowledge and seeks diverse input from others within the team and across the organization Physical Demands: Standing – up to 5% of the time Sitting – up to 95% of the time We are a drug-free workplace and an EEO employer. Please note that this role will be filled by our internal recruitment team, so no assistance is needed from any outside staffing agency at this time.

Director of Product Innovation

We are a 100-person strong, family-owned company with a mission to support teachers, inspire students, engage parents, and champion learning by doing. For over 50 years, schools and districts across the country have relied on our high-quality, hands-on materials to expand their core curriculum. More recently, we have extended our reach and brought our educational products to the retail market so that we can engage children everywhere. We have a passion for learning and are always on the lookout for new ways to get students’ hands and minds working together! This position is responsible for strategic planning and leading a team to execute new product development that includes market trending, insight-driven concepting that delivers on brand strategy, quoting with overseas manufacturers, packaging and positioning new products as well as existing product enhancements. This person must deliver results to the organization by developing products with strong market potential and a good return on development costs. The person must be a thought leader who is passionate about delivering product that delights our customers and end-users while also driving process efficiencies. Scope of Responsibilities: The individual in this role will: Lead the design and development of quality product. Individual will lead the team through execution as well as manage his/her own projects. Develop a strong and cohesive team through coaching, development, motivation, and empowerment. Drive employees and organizational performance through alignment of goals, ongoing feedback and periodic appraisal. Manage line reviews, new product presentations, in-house training, and key sales and tradeshow presentations. Work with the creative and marketing teams to execute product and packaging designs against brand strategy Assess product lines including evaluating line strengths and weaknesses, confirming that line continues to support the overall brand and needs of our customers and end users; revamping products as necessary. Work with marketing to keep current and share education/toy trends and market needs with team and identify whitespace opportunity. Collaborate with Marketing and Sales to ensure proper communication of product features, benefits and positioning. Collaborates with finance team to ensure that new products achieve long term ROI goals Maximize team resources ensuring productivity and effectiveness across the team. Other duties for this role will be assigned as necessary/appropriate. Requirements/Preferences: Education/Toy market experience preferred 8+ years of new product development experience 4+ years proven experience managing a team Ability to adapt based on a variety of sources including consumer needs, market demands, etc. Creative/innovative Experience working with writers to develop instructional, educational and activity-based content preferred Bachelor’s degree Proficiency in Microsoft Office; intermediate to advance skill level with Excel Ideal attributes: Results-driven attitude; an entrepreneurial self-starter who thinks and participates effectively, both independently and as part of a team Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to articulate her/his views crisply and convincingly Takes action: proactive and resourceful in solving problems, making decisions and executing on goals Owns Results--follows through on commitments, takes responsibility, and produces quality results Connects inside and outside the team; shares information, transfers knowledge and seeks diverse input from others within the team and across the organization Physical Demands: (standard; based on Position Type) Sitting – up to 85% of time Standing – up to 30% of time Computer usage – 85% Travel – up to 20% We are a drug-free workplace and an EEO employer. Please note that this role will be filled by our internal recruitment team, so no assistance is needed from any outside staffing agency at this time.

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