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Product Developer, Upholstered Furniture

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Vancouver, BC

Feb 27
Job Description

Hey, we’re Article. We’re a digital-first furniture brand that’s engineering remarkably better furniture experiences. We don’t have brick and mortar stores, so we’re able to deliver better value on beautiful, modern furniture. Recently named one of Canada’s fastest growing companies for the second year in a row, we’re on the hunt for talented, enthusiastic team members to join us at our headquarters in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

We are looking for a Product Developer to develop fashionable upholstered furniture products that captivate Article’s customers and ensure the success of all products within the upholstered furniture category. This would include design, communication with manufacturers, ensuring the quality of new and existing products, and contributing to the product ordering process.

The Industrial Product Developer is an essential contribution to the Article team. Responsibilities and daily tasks include:

-Develop new products to suit Article’s vision. Create both original designs and revise existing vendor products to meet Article’s requirements.
-Communicate design concepts and specifications to manufacturers.
-Day-to-day correspondence with vendors such as requesting quotes, arranging samples of new products, and monitoring the progress of new development.
-Review samples and make recommendations on selections.
-Work with the Quality Assurance team to ensure Article’s product standards are met.
-Maintain accurate, up to date information in project management software and work towards specified launch goals.
-Manage fabric library and ensure all materials are tested, approved, and organized.
-Observe product trends and new offerings through research and attending trade shows.
-Understand the upholstered furniture categories thoroughly and Article’s position in the market within that category.
-Reporting to and executing direction from the Product Manager, Upholstered Furniture, and work within the Product Team.

Requirements

-A post-secondary degree in Industrial Design or related field and/or 1 year of experience in an industrial design or sourcing position related to upholstered furniture.
-Proficiency in Adobe Suite, Excel, and Fusion 360 or other rendering program. A familiarity with project management software is an asset.
-Ability to travel overseas regularly.
-An ability to understand Article’s aesthetic and recognize products that fit our brand. A deep interest in modern furniture, décor, and interior design.
-Knowledge of the manufacturing processes is an asset.
-Experience working with fabrics and leathers is an asset.
-An ability to organize, plan, and think strategically as well as keeping projects moving at a fast pace.
-An ability to work independently and within a team.
-Strong communication skills in English.
-A professional and positive attitude.
-A passion to continuously improve and a strong work ethic.
-A portfolio of previous work.

Benefits

We want Article to be an amazing place to work, and we do our part to take care of our team. In addition to a competitive salary, we provide:

-A team-oriented work environment. Article is lucky to employ a wide range of experts, and seeks to facilitate a culture of mentorship and curiosity. We take on the job learning seriously, and we have a lot of fun doing it.
-A great office. The Article space is housed in a converted warehouse with in-house photo studios, an airy open layout, an open kitchen filled with snacks, and a variety of ice cream choices just up the street.
-A dog-friendly office. We love our dog friends here at Article. If you have a well-behaved, well-socialized pup, we’d love to have them in the office too.
-The tools you need to get your job done well! We supply state-of-the-art laptops and the software you need to succeed.
-Access to a benefits package with all the bells and whistles.
-Onsite fitness equipment, change rooms (including towel service!) and bike storage.
-Discounts on our products so you can style your home how you like it.
-Regular extra-curricular activities, such as socials, open-mics, picnics... even cross-country skiing! We’re open to suggestions for fun new activities so bring a few ideas along.

Ready to become a Particle? Apply today. We're excited to meet you.

Article

Article delivers original modern furniture, with outstanding attention to detail, at fair prices.

Our unique, direct-to-consumer model allows us to deliver stunning, high quality furniture at a fraction of the cost of traditional retailers.