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Developmental Girls Teen/Tween Designer

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Seeking Developmental Designer to join our Girls Creative department. The Development Designer is responsible for transitioning product from the preliminary design phase into the development phase within the guidelines of the Asia Design and Development process. This is accomplished through direction given by Design and Development Design management, and partnering with all design and development focused team members, Marketing management, Asia Design and Development Team, and all other necessary departments or facilities in El Segundo or Asia (IE: Business Planning, CPI, CMA, Hong Kong Soft Goods, MODD, various manufacturing plants, etc…).
KEY RESULTS AREAS
With direction and support from manager:
1. Actively participate in all phases of product development cycle from Rough Concept Sort / Final Concept Approval to Product Pilot (PP) as required by guidelines of the Asia D&D process; this includes partnering with Development focused team members, Marketing management, Asia Design and Development Team, and all other necessary departments or facilities in El Segundo or Asia (IE: Business Planning, CPI, CMA, Hong Kong Soft Goods, MODD, various manufacturing plants, etc…). This requires use of highly developed design skills, knowledge of raw materials and the manufacturing process.
2. Actively participate in Design management's and Design's efforts to transform creative ideas into complete 3-D product concepts.
3. Duplication and improvement of preliminary models: Actively participate in the creation of 2-D and 3-D models to drive product development cycle.
4. Actively participate in the process to insure that product can be 1) manufactured and 2) is within cost and target profit margins.
5. Actively partner with Design, Model Makers, and Engineers to ensure creative solutions to engineered parts.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
With direction and support from manager:
- Partner proactively with Design from Design Start to support and / or drive the development of new raw materials and various parts of the product for the creation of 3-D preliminary models for Rough Concept Sort.
- Actively participate in and support the creation of complete 3-D product concepts with intent transition the product/s into the development phase of the process. This includes working in tandem with these team members: Graphic Designer/s, Patternmaker/s and Sample Maker/s (soft goods and related parts), Model Maker/s (plastics and features), Engineer/s (engineered parts both non-mechanical and mechanical), Textile Engineer, other Development Designer/s, Administrator/s Product Design and Costing Engineer.
- Actively partner with all Design and Development team members, ES Development (IE: Sculpting, Hair & Face, Model Shop, CES), Packaging, Marketing, Business Planning, Legal and CPI to support the design and development process from Final Concept Approval to the release of the Development Start Package (DPS) to insure the creation of aesthetic and functional standards, manufacturability, and adherence to cost / profit margin targets.
- Partner with design and development team, Marketing, and Asia D&D partners to achieve EA on target product margin; this includes working with CMA, Hong Kong Soft Goods, MODD, and the various manufacturing plants.
- Participate in the review of EP & FEP samples to insure adherence to all aesthetic and functional standards established and required; this includes resolving or managing any deviations from standard.
- Continue to insure adherence to all aesthetic and functional standards through PP.



Skills PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES REQUIRED:
- Artistic
- Self-Motivated
- Sense of Urgency
- Proactive
- Organized
- Professional Maturity; Ability to assimilate and manage Changes to Product
A successful candidate must have:
- 2+ years of professional experience in same or related industries: Toy Industry, Fashion Industry, etc.
- Proficiency with Word Processing, Photo Shop and Adobe Illustrator, and other computer programs
- Developed Design Abilities
- Developed Sense of Aesthetic
- Developed Knowledge of current Fashion & Lifestyle Trends
- Developed Knowledge of business as related to Marketing
- Developed Knowledge of Manufacturing Process; this includes knowledge of Raw Materials; textiles, plastics, etc…
- Developed Knowledge of Costing Process
- Developed Ability to translate the competencies above into Innovative Product Concepts
- Developed Ability to work autonomously

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