Supervisor Creative Development
Mattel, Inc. - El Segundo, CA

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PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Mattel is seeking an enthusiastic, dynamic Supervisor of
Creative Development to art direct, mentor and lead the
establishment of a clear design direction for Mattel branded
websites. The candidate will closely assist the Senior Manager of
Creative managing a team of designers in the development of
creative concepts and execution of fully realized design solutions.
This person will also be the steward of their own assigned brand(s)
ensuring solid, unified look and feel across multiple digital
platforms (i.e., Internet, mobile, console). The candidate will
help manage the creative efforts of external developers ensuring
their deliverables are of the highest quality, align with brand and
meet all objectives.

KEY RESULTS AREAS:
Collaboration: Work closely with in-house cross vertical team
(Creative Leads, Designers, Producers, Marketing Managers, Content
Specialists, Developers, and Brand Partners) to conceptualize and
implement creative solutions for web and mobile websites,
microsites, online games, activities, rich media ads, presentations
and style guides.
Execution: Lead, support, and manage the implementation of
brand continuity through diverse creative executions. Develop
digital style guides and design policies to keep vendors and
external partners on brand, consistent, and delivering the highest
quality results. Help manage internal review cycles by presenting
creative and consolidating feedback.
Innovation: Lead creative concept development with a strong
understanding of technology, UI best practices, and online trends,
while at the same time maintaining close focus on the needs of
consumer, business and marketing. Provide compelling, leading edge
solutions that captivate the target audience while deliver on
business objectives.
Leadership: Help Senior Manager of Creative oversee and inspire
a team of designers while managing their workload and schedules to
ensure on-time, on-brand and on-budget deliverables. Demonstrate
strong knowledge and point of view relating to visual design, UI
design, enabling technologies and industry trends.
Best Practices: Demonstrate unwavering dedication and
enthusiasm for quality work, while staying current with creative
development best practices, emerging platforms, design trends and
target demographics.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to the Senior Manager of Creative, this candidate will
lead the implementation of the design direction and visual
storytelling while working diligently and efficiently to meet tight
deadlines on multiple projects. Flexibility to shift from
high-level ideation to tactical execution on the fly is a must.
Projects include the creative leadership of: site-wide updates,
seasonal content releases, product advertisements, promotional
motion graphics, online game creative, style guide production and
mobile web interfaces. In addition, the supervisor supports the
creative head by partnering in vendor selection, facilitating staff
meetings, rolling out best practices across the organization,
preparing presentations, gathering feedback and more as needed.
COMPETENCIES REQUIRED
Strong communication and presentation skills are required. Must
have a keen eye for quality, brand-appropriate design and the
ability to develop concepts in a timely manner. Must be able to
evaluate objectives and diverse points of view, quickly decide on
the best creative approach, then break a project down into
actionable items. Must be knowledgeable of layout techniques and UI
principles for mobile and desktop. Must have a thorough
understanding of the web medium -users, communities, platforms,
technologies, capabilities, limitations, challenges, aesthetics.
Must have an appreciation for Mattel brands and deliver results
perfectly aligned with brand direction. This candidate must also
approach projects with a global, cross-cultural mindset.

EDUCATION REQUIRED:
An Undergraduate Degree from a four-year university or
equivalent degree from an Art College is required.

EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS REQUIRED:
Minimum 6+ years experience of interactive web design or
related field required.
Must have 2+ years experience managing and leading a team.
Must have a strong grasp of interactive production process and
best practices.
Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite applications. Competent in
Microsoft Office applications.
Strong knowledge of, and ability to design for, Flash, HTML
(HTML5, CSS, Javascript, etc.), responsive design, touch-screen,
rich media, email and print.
Ability to create wireframes, schematics and clickable
presentations.
Familiar and comfortable with the concepts behind content
management systems (template-based, database-driven, web
publishing).
A history and understanding of creating COPPA/CARU compliant
content for kids is a plus.
Strong interest and experience designing casual games, online
activities, multiplayer games is also a plus.
Personal interest in following tech/online trends, kid trends,
fashion, and pop culture is desirable.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES REQUIRED:
Must be a team player with the common goal that all projects are
created for one Mattel. Must be passionate and goal oriented,
relying on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish
goals.
  • Honest and Ethical
  • Hard Working and Dedicated
  • Positive Attitude with Great Follow-through
  • Action-Oriented
  • Assertive
  • Flexible
  • Solution-Oriented
  • Enthusiastic Team Player
  • Highly Collaborative
  • Strong Creative Point of View

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