Melissa & Doug, a leading children’s toy company, is looking for a highly talented and passionate Product Designer to join their team. You should have 5 years of experience with a ton of creativity, excellent design skills, amazing attention to detail, lots of enthusiasm and a drive to deliver results. You will be responsible for designing a wide range of timeless children’s products geared to the specialty and mass markets.
You should have excellent sense of form, the ability to design age-appropriate products and an understanding of what makes products market-viable. You should have experience designing items made out of a variety of materials, including wood, paper, and especially plastic. You should be knowledgeable about various types of plastics and their manufacturing limitations and strengths. A background designing children’s products and/or, toys is a definite plus. A strong graphic eye and the ability to create applied illustrations is an additional plus.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Conceptualize innovative new products.
Render designs quickly to present to and get approval from management team.
Deliver accurate 2D and 3D specifications and drawings accounting for cost, ergonomic, safety and manufacturing limitations.
Apply illustrations and graphics to products.
Determine layout, size and construction of the packaging.
Work effectively as a team member to provide input during all aspects of product design cycle.
Communicate extensively with product development, safety and quality control teams throughout design process, including reviewing prototypes.
Conduct market research.
BFA or equivalent degree in Industrial or Product Design required.
5 years in product and/or toy design.
Knowledge of wide variety of materials and manufacturing processes, especially plastics.
Advanced command of 3D program such as Solidworks.
Superb ideation and conceptual skills.
Excellent sketching skills to quickly communicate ideas.
Creative problem solving and analytical skills.
Understanding of safety, ergonomic and design needs of children.
Superb technical drawing skills combined with a strong attention to detail.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Strong knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop and MS Office.
Ability to work in a PC-based environment a plus.
From puzzles to puppets, plush to play food, magnetic activities, music and more, Melissa & Doug is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children's products. Started in 1988, Melissa & Doug has something for everyone, with over 1000 unique and exciting products for children of all ages. Offices are located in Wilton, CT.
Please send resume and portfolio sample showing concept ideation, design process and technical drawings. PDF format only. 5 MB maximum size.
This position requires working full-time from our office in Wilton, CT. Please do not apply if you work offshore, remote-only or out of state. Only respond if you are located within commuting distance.
NOTE: Candidates who are not US citizens or permanent residents need to have authorization to work in the US in order to apply.