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Senior Design Manager
Experienced designer that is passionate about looking, learning, and creating. I am a big believer in building tangible experiences to ensure the right solution is found, optimized, and capitalized upon. The best way for good design to survive is to be cross-functionally collaborative - teams need to feel like all reasonable ideas have been explored to have collective ownership in the solution.
***Professional Experience*** 3/16 - Present Kimberly-Clark Corporation Senior Global Design Manager - Responsible for strategic design work and strengthening design continuity beyond core ownership of work in branding and packaging. 3/11 - 3/16 Kimberly-Clark Corporation Global Design Manager - Leading design support for Kleenex innovation globally. Responsibilities include global innovation projects for the full user experience, as well as creating and implementing global design tools. 6/10 - 3/11 Kimberly-Clark Corporation Associate Design Manager, ID - Responsibility to be the voice of the consumer and design advocate, deeply embedded in brands, platforms, pilots, and projects for global consumer brands. - Encourage design thinking in project plans and creating design briefs through collaboration with the cross functional teams to allow for a robust design process vs. simple aesthetic exercises. - Actively participate in research and enable multidisciplinary participation to ensure team allignment on design principles grounded in user experience. - Manage design vendors to ensure the highest level of quality in client/vendor relationships to help ensure partnerships. Partnerships support design sourcing strategy of few, deep partners that become immersed in our brands and add value over time. - Share industrial design specific recommendations on ways to change organizational behavior in order to better leverage design in the future to support business growth objectives. 7/06 - 6/10 Kimberly-Clark Corporation Senior Industrial Designer - Served as an industrial designer with responsibility crossing all US consumer brands, partnering with top external firms while driving good design practice into the organization through design management in cross-functional teams. - Served as key design contact for three brands, Pull-ups, Goodnights, and Little Swimmers. Managed project internally (hands on) and externally (vendor management). - Led an internal project looking at sustainability within KC from a design perspective. Assembled a cross functional team to create ideas during a multi-day structured ideation and brought best concepts forward to senior leadership. - Led implementation of a new prototyping shop with responsibilities including sourcing all equipment, shop layout/floorplans, safety coordination with facilities management, and creating the safety manual. 6/04 - 5/06 In-Form Product Development, Sun Prairie, WI Industrial Designer -Generated technical exploded view illustrations highlighting part count, assembly, and manufacturing options to provide project direction for design/engineering. -Created quick aesthetic sketches, illustrations, and renderings to communicate design intent and match product family appearances. -Generated CAD databases based on sketches to quickly create exciting renderings and/or rapid prototype parts for three-dimensional verification. -Managed photography of company work for corporate portfolio, both in progress and finished prototypes. 6/03-10/03 Stout Design Research Collective, Menomonie, WI Industrial Designer Client: Andersen Windows Corporation -Chosen as one of four senior students to develop new window concepts that challenge the anthropology of the future home and allow home-owners new and exciting ways to interact with their space. 6/03-8/03 Andersen Corporation Production Associate Oversaw 5 person sash production line in 200 series double-hung windows; helped make our line the most productive of the summer work schedule. ***Design Skills*** Strategic Thinking - Organizational Change Design Management - Packaging Design Management - Product Design Management - Graphics Contextual Research Opportunity Analysis Rapid Visualization Sketching Computer Modeling Computer Illustration Model Making ***Computer Skills*** Photoshop CS6 Illustrator CS6 InDesign CS6 Acrobat Professional Alias Sketchbook 2010 pro Solidworks 2009 MS Office
Attended ten month training while on the job at KC, to further develop my professional design capability. Cross company program (other classmates from Dorel, Hasbro, Crown, and Staples) gives industry leading training on design management, leadership, value, research, language, briefing, tools, and resources. Meets once every two months in person for presentation of assignments and introduction to new content. https://grow.empdl.com/#Education