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Industrial Designer - Soft Goods

Gemline k

Lawrence, MA | Onsite or Remote Possible

Jun 21
Job Description

We’re seeking a product obsessed Industrial Designer who is passionate about soft goods and has experience designing bags such as backpacks, coolers, totes and duffels. In this role you will be a part of our team, responsible for trend research, innovative product solutions and storytelling that will help create our future product assortment at Gemline.

The ideal candidate will be a curious and creative problem solver who enjoys working in a collaborative environment. In this role you report to the Director of Design and you’ll work on both the in-line assortment and our custom business. You will have an opportunity to design licensed items for our brand partners and custom projects for various businesses and retail brands.


• Create new cross category collections of soft sided bags and accessories including backpacks, coolers, totes, and duffels.
• Innovate through in depth cultural, product, and consumer trend research. Synthesize research and translate insights into thoughtful products that are relevant to the consumer.
• Champion hands-on exploration to create new, innovative design concepts and collections through concept sketches, virtual renderings, prototyping and 3D printing.
• Build accurate technical drawings and three-quarter views to communicate visually with our technical center team in China.
• Responsible for product development, working on multiple projects simultaneously from concept through final prototype, in accordance with the launch calendar.
• Obsess over the details to deliver functional items with features that the consumer will value.
• Involve key stakeholders in decisions. Share information, solve problems, and come to a consensus when you recognize the need for collaboration.
• Refine product concepts to meet business objectives and production requirements.
• Present and communicate trend research, product direction, and supporting narrative stories, confidently, to both internal and external audiences.
• Cultivates and manages strong professional relationships and embraces the value of different perspectives.
• Embrace a lean work environment and look for ways to continuously evolve standard processes and implement improvements.


• Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design
• 2+ years industry experience in product design
• Must have experience in cut and sew soft goods categories such as backpacks, coolers, duffels, and totes.
• Strong ability to design and develop products that function well, have marketable features, and meet production requirements
• Passion for research and synthesis of cultural, product, and consumer trends
• Ability to create impactful visual and verbal communication and presentation skills for varied audiences
• Enthusiasm for Travel, both domestic and international, up to 5% of your total hours
• Must be proficient in the Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign
• Basic knowledge of SolidWorks a plus
• Skillful in Microsoft Office, especially PowerPoint


• Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and continuously innovates to achieve great results.
• Establishes and maintains trusting relationships through collaboration, clear, honest communication and humility. Creates a space for others to do the same.
• Obsesses over details, working to achieve the highest standard of personal performance.
• Exceptional organization skills required as well as the ability to proactively self-prioritize workflow based on deadlines in a fast-paced environment
• Acknowledges the presence of choice in every moment, foreseeing and taking action to deal with future events, problems and opportunities.
• Integrates curiosity and imagination into their creative process to inspire fresh solutions and new ideas.


Discover your next career adventure at Gemline, a leading design-centric supplier of consumer products in the promotional products industry. Ranked 12th by the Advertising Specialty Institute and awarded the prestigious 2021 Supplier of the Year, Gemline boasts a diverse product line, including bags, luggage, business accessories, drinkware, electronics, stationery, writing instruments, gourmet foods and lifestyle gifts. Our portfolio features renowned brands like American Tourister®, Anker®, CORKCICLE®, Cuisinart®, Igloo®, MiiR® , Moleskine®, New Balance®, Osprey®, Paper Mate®, Samsonite®, Sharpie® and many more.
At Gemline, community is our heartbeat. Our purpose, "We Promote Community," is the driving force behind everything we do. This commitment is embedded in our culture, influences our product designs, and fuels our aspiration to create a positive global impact. What’s more, we’re guided by our Corporate Social Responsibility efforts which are focused on bettering people and the environment.
Gemline has been recognized as one of the Greatest Companies To Work For on multiple occasions, and most recently in 2023 by PPAI, a leading industry association. Join a workplace where "Pride in People, Pride in Product" is more than a motto—it's our way of life. Our associates play a crucial role in delivering an exceptional customer experience, guided by our foundational values of trust, integrity, humility, diversity, community, and truth. Gemline's success is a reflection of our associates' success, and our culture thrives on collaboration, initiative, continuous problem-solving, safety, and respect for people. Take the next step in your career journey with Gemline—we're not just a company; we're a community.