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Technical Product Designer

Oriental Trading Company, Inc. Omaha, NE
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Job Description

General Summary of Purpose:

 

The Technical Product Designer is responsible for strengthening new and existing products through the understanding of technology, construction, materials, and manufacturing methods that improve the design, functionality and quality of product received from our manufacturers.

 

To accomplish this, the Technical Product Designer will determine the appropriate construction and specifications for all products and packaging, including the back-end, instructions, sample review and trouble-shooting required for all jobs.  This may also include the creation of 3-D digital files and models for assistance in sampling and manufacturing.

 

The Technical Product Designer may participate in the conceptualization and R&D of brand-new product types.  The role will collaborate with Sourcing, Product Development and Merchandising to ensure products and packaging meet cost, manufacturing and quality expectations.

 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

 

Essential Functions

  1. Finalize and send out jobs, ensuring accurate specifications on artwork and complete, accurate information in all required systems
  2. Generate artwork for retail packaging as necessary
  3. Develop instruction sheets for all required items
  4. Determine appropriate construction and specifications for all product types to ensure cost, functionality, manufacturing and quality expectations are met
  5. Participate in the Sample Review Process, ensuring all samples match artwork and specifications, function properly and are acceptable quality for our customers
  6. Update all product templates and spec sheets as needed to ensure accurate, current specifications are being used across all departments and vendors
  7. Prepare and check outgoing final artwork and digital files to ensure accuracy and correct specifications for production
  8. Create mock-up products for sample review and photography
  9. Collaborate with Sourcing Team and vendors on cost and manufacturing issues
  10. Collaborate with Product Design Teams, Sourcing and Merchandising on R&D for brand new product types as needed
  11. Personalization R&D, backend set-up, maintenance & troubleshooting
  12. Translate 2-D artwork from Product Designers into 3-D digital files in Fusion 360 or similar software
  13. Using 3-D digital files, generate 3-D printed models for sampling
  14. Domestic and foreign travel as needed
  15. Work within established timeframes for each project to meet departmental and Merchandising deadlines
  16. Stay abreast of market trends, materials and techniques and relevant manufacturing processes
  17. Collaborate regularly with other departments, including Product Design Teams, Sourcing, Quality, Customer Solution Teams and Creative
  18. Abide by all policies and procedures of Oriental Trading Company
  19. Maintain regular, predictable attendance

 

 

Marginal Functions

  1. Perform other duties and projects as assigned

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Product Development, Graphic Design, Structural Design, Industrial Design and/or Design Engineering background
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite 6 or higher, primarily Illustrator and PhotoShop
  • Knowledge 3-D software (Fusion 360, Z-Brush or similar)
  • Knowledge of 3-D Printing
  • Detail oriented and thorough
  • Strong technical and problem solving skills
  • Production/Process minded
  • Basic understanding of manufacturing processes and multiple materials
  • The ability to translate creative concepts into tangible product specifications that can be manufactured cost effectively
  • Ability to work creatively within the pressure of deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills – ability to multi-task
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be receptive to art direction and input from others
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Ability to travel foreign and domestically to trade shows and vendor visits
  • Ability to perform job in a safe manner

 

Education

  • BFA in Product Design, Industrial Design, Engineering Design, related field or equivalent combination of education and experience

 

Experience

  • Minimum of three years experience as a Product Developer, Technical Designer, Industrial Designer or Design Engineer
  • A proven track record in the technical development and specification of new products and/or packaging
  • Must possess a technically outstanding portfolio

 

 

Equipment Utilization

 

Uses all drawing tools, Macintosh computers and peripheral equipment, 3-D software and printers, art supplies and office equipment.

 

 Dimensions of Responsibility

 

Responsible for developing new products and improving existing products, through the use and understanding of technology, construction, materials and manufacturing methods to improve the design, functionality and quality of our items.

 

Description of Working Conditions

 

A fast-paced, creative environment with frequent interruptions and tight, changing deadlines; surrounded by enthusiastic and friendly co-workers.

 

Job Details

Date Posted November 9, 2018
Date Closes November 24, 2018
Requisition SENIO01656
Located In Omaha, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00
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