Product Development Designer (Contract)
UncommonGoods, Brooklyn, New York
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- Uncommon Goods offers an ever-changing assortment of original, creative gifts. We partner with independent makers and small businesses to offer our customers an assortment of items that they love to surprise loved ones with (and treat themselves, too)!
- We are built on better business practices and committed to having a positive impact on people and the planet. Learn more here.
- The best part of Uncommon Goods is us—our team. We've been around for over 20 years because of all the wonderful people who make UG the one-of-a-kind company it is.
The Uncommon Goods Product Development team designs and develops unique and exclusive products. We are a team of 6 consisting of friendly, hard-working, big thinking designers and production managers who have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. We have a directory of external designers and manufacturers who we collaborate with to create and manufacturer new products. Additionally, we create highly personalized gifts for our customers offering them a unique shopping experience.
ABOUT THE ROLE
We are looking for a designer to join our Product Development team for a 6 month contract. You are passionate about creating original and thoughtful products for the Uncommon Goods customer. You have ambition to gain experience in creating a breadth of products across multiple categories. You are a keen problem solver with a can-do attitude. If you want to thrive in a fast-paced environment, are looking for a varied and fulfilling role where every product you design is different from the next, this is the role for you!
Designers who work with our team will be focused on generating new ideas, designing original products and collaborating with external designers on projects. Designers will report directly to the Director of Design & Product Development.
We are looking for applicants who are highly creative, a problem solver, energetic, and self-propelled. Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, this position will be 100% remote.
- Generate original product ideas that do not exist anywhere in the market. Create product that solves a problem and has an emotional connection.
- Complete detailed technical briefs for all developments.
- Present new ideas to Director, Product Development team and Merchants.
- Manage relationships and ongoing projects with external designers.
- Communicate regularly with Production and Merchant teams.
Skills & Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree in Design, Industrial Design, or a related field
- 4+ years industry experience within a related field
- Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
- Outstanding taste level and design experience in one or more of the following areas - home, accessories, gifting and jewelry.
- Good technical knowledge of three-dimensional product design. Experience of applying surface art to product and/or packaging.
- Ability to manage own workload efficiently
- Self- starter with excellent communication and organization skills
- Ability to respond to business objectives with creative and innovative design solutions
- Graphic design skills, surface art and typography skills would be an advantage
- Casual work atmosphere, fun company events. (Thanks to our team's creativity, we've devised ways to feel connected remotely, too, and it's still fun.)
- 40% discount on our products.
To Apply please submit your resume, portfolio and/or link to website.
**We are only accepting applicants located in the Tri State area**
UncommonGoods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Our Story We know that there's a story behind every product. It's that of an emerging designer just introducing her work to the world; artisans working collaboratively in a low-income country; or a seasoned artist crafting each of his pieces by hand. With your help, we're building a community of passionate people who love our products and connect with the stories behind them. We're growing not only our artist family, but also a strong following of customers who celebrate artists and delight in surrounding themselves with creative design. Inspiration In 1999, our founder Dave Bolotsky visited a Smithsonian Museum craft show in Washington D.C. and was captivated by the variety of unique handmade goods and the talented people behind them. He saw there was a significant public demand for beautiful design. At the same time, he realized that the artists working to make those pieces were often traveling great distances in order to sell their wares at the show. Inspired by his experience, Dave had a vision to create something that had never existed before—an online marketplace to connect makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly special goods, regardless of the physical distance between the maker and the shopper. Dave turned this idea into UncommonGoods. He continued traveling to craft fairs and trade shows, meeting artists and finding stand-out merchandise, while running the business out of his home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Before long, the company had outgrown Dave's apartment, and moved through three successively larger offices in downtown Manhattan, eventually settling in our current location in Brooklyn, NY. Survival Of course, in the struggle to build a viable business, there are always bumps in the road along the way. When the internet bubble burst, we faced unforeseen hardships—funds were dwindling, and we were forced to cut back from a staff of 35 to just five full-time employees. Around this time co-founder Thomas Epting joined us as a photographer. Thomas worked tirelessly to help ensure the company's survival, steadily expanding his role to encompass all creative, technology, and warehouse operations. Times were tough, but thanks to the guidance of Dave and Thomas, we managed to turn the business around, becoming profitable for the first time in 2004. Sustainability Our focus is on building a business for the long haul. We've worked to create a sustainable business in all its aspects. We attempt to minimize our environmental impact, working with our artists to use sustainable or recycled materials whenever possible, choosing environmentally friendlier packing materials, and printing our catalog on Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] certified and recycled paper. We're building relationships with non-profit organizations through Better to Give, a program we created that allows our customers to choose a partner for us to donate $1 to with every order. And a concentration on strong financial health allows us to maintain independent ownership and stay true to our values. Our team has grown steadily over the last decade, from just 5 to over 200 year-round employees. Our business grows dramatically during the winter holidays each year. Thousands of packages ship out every day during these months, so we expand our workforce to hundreds of employees. We try to never lose sight of an inverted pyramid business model, meaning that the needs of the people closest to our customers, our customer service and warehouse teams, come first. As part of this model, our lowest paid hourly seasonal worker makes 100% more than minimum wage. B Corporation We're still growing, but what's important to us hasn't changed. Sustainability is, and has always been, central to what we do. In 2007, we became a founding B Corporation, which established an independent third-party certification of a company's sustainability. The Certified B Corporation seal means that a company has undergone and passed a comprehensive screening questionnaire, which evaluates areas including company governance, environmental practices, and impacts on the local community. As we maintain our certification as a B Corp we're also driven to continuously evaluate and improve ourselves, while raising awareness of the program. To date, more than 2,000 companies have become certified B corps. Evolution Along with sustainability, supporting creativity and the artist community is extremely important to us. Today our assortment has grown from a collection of Dave's trade show finds to a plethora of products handpicked by a full-fledged buying team, who scour the web for the latest in creative design and, just like in our early days, hit the road to bring back treasures from around the country. Thanks to our community of artists and designers, we also discover many unique pieces through online product submissions. Additionally, we've grown an in-house product development team, who work hard to create new goods sure to make even seasoned design junkies swoon. An Uncommon Future As we enter a new age of business, we'll remain focused on our commitment to sustainability and creative design. We'll never stop working to provide a remarkable shopping experience to our customers, make our company our team members' favorite place to work, celebrate craftsmanship and innovation, and support our community of artisans, designers, and creative thinkers. We have a feeling the future will be uncommonly good.
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