The Design Manager, is responsible for the entire product design process within specific categories. They will demonstrate the use of development tools and understanding of all aspects of the product design process during development of the assigned projects. They will utilize and mentor other designers for core design skills, adherence to the timing and action calendar, execution of appropriate information to vendors, follow through with all steps for execution of the product from concept to post design finalization, manage external resources, maximize use of vendor capabilities, drive the category assigned from a design perspective, and work with cross functional team members during all aspects of execution. The Design Manager will drive multiple categories. For each team, they will lead and mentor other designers and drive strategy they helped to establish. Little supervision will be needed during the development process and top level input will be obtained accordingly from the Design Director.
DEFINE STRATEGY: Collaborate with Product Managers and Senior Management to define to set up a solid short-term and long-term design strategy to grow and push innovation. Work with product managers to develop a plan to maximize adoption of the products within the strategy and drive growth of the private brand teams. Work with cross functional teams to follow through and execution of these initiatives. Drive and own the strategic development of the opportunities of the assigned category. Validate that the design team is being challenged in the appropriate channels.
MANAGE and MENTOR: Project manage and drive execution in assigned categories. Manage and mentor reporting designers throughout the various aspects of the process as mentioned above. Ensure the that strategy has been communicated and being properly executed to standards defined by leadership. Drive compliance of process and the deliverables associated. As needed define new processes.
WORK WITH RESOURCES: Work with internal, external, and foreign resources to obtain the required deliverables as define by the timing and action calendar. If required communicate with the HKO office and directly to manufacturing vendors to maintain design and functional intent. Work with internal and external resources to execute all aspects of the development process. Ensure that their team is executing and following through with the same channels.
DESIGN: Design and Develop products defined by the project briefs within a FOB goal. Push beyond the core product ask and Introduce innovation within various categories. In this execution use core design skills for research, concept generation, product validation, ergonomics, 3D modeling, materials and process, aesthetics development, color selection, tech pack development and supportive collateral information for product execution, and strategic design practices while referencing available DSG metrics. This includes the use various tools available during this process. (i.e. first insight, qualitative/quantitative research, trend analysis, and review of available metrics.) In some cases own and drive key initiatives from start to finish personally.
• Bachelor's Degree- Industrial Design
• 10-15 Years- Design experience working for an OEM or Consultancy. Previous experience with design management. Track record of execution of product from concept to execution.
• Software- Adobe creative suite, Solid works, Key shot
• Understanding of prototyping methods and tools associated
• Knowledge of materials and manufacturing process application
• Safety and compliance regulations associated to category
• Cost Engineering