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Rotational Associate, New Product Design and Development

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Minted

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San Francisco, CA, US

Description

Minted’s ability to continually innovate and bring new and beautifully designed products to market year after year has been a cornerstone of our success and growth. Minted is looking for a Rotational Associate, New Product Design & Development, who has a passion for innovation and quality. Designed to be an exciting and rewarding entry into the world of Product Development, the Rotational Associate role is a 1-year assignment into our New Product Design & Development team. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast paced environment and understands the need to be agile. They have exposure to or are knowledgeable about product design/manufacturing in the on-demand and wholesale stationery and art and/or home decor industries.
 
The Rotational Associate reports to the Director of New Product Design & Development and assists in the creation and development of new products, driving development in the stationery, home decor and art verticals. In this role, a successful candidate must have an eye for great design, be highly detail oriented and organized, have mastery of Adobe CS and have excellent project management and communication skills. This person should possess a positive can-do attitude, and be proactive yet flexible.

You will:

    • Open, process and track samples to ensure timely review and feedback.
    • Set up sample and proto boards or displays, as requested by the Director, NPD, to facilitate senior management conversations and reviews.
    • Develop and prepare physical or digital presentations for key stakeholders in the development and launch of new products. This includes design specifications, line drawings, file production/set up, source materials, and standard operating procedures.
    • Prepare mockups and prototypes for in stationery, art, and textile products, and supporting cost analysis.
    • Interface with external partners to manage sampling and prototyping processes, ensuring that all instructions and requests are clear and concise.
    • Benchmark competitors to understand Minted’s competitive landscape and opportunities; gather consumer insight to support new product research and strategy.
    • Maintain and organize the New Product Development team’s library of raw materials, samples, and prototypes; clearly label all samples and vendor catalogs to reflect most up to date offering and availability

You are:

    • A strategic, consumer-centric thinker. You are a superb strategic thinker who has proven the ability to identify new opportunities. You understand consumer segments deeply and intuitively, and you naturally gravitate to the consumer when answering questions or considering strategies.
    • Results oriented. You are most comfortable in work environments which are outcome-oriented and merit-based, and are highly motivated by goal accomplishment.
    • A passionate customer advocate. You are ready to put the customer first and influence others across the company to think similarly.
    • Receptive to change. You are flexible, adaptable, innovative, and open in response to competitive pressure and market change.
    • A collaborative thinker.  You enjoy an environment that has been structured for collaboration and interdependency, drawing on strong functional areas to build your business.
    • A systems thinker. You intuitively understand interdependencies, ask follow-up questions, and drive to solutions that balance the success of initiatives across revenue, quality, brand, and cost goals.
    • A self-starter with the ability to prioritize in a fast paced environment and meet changing deadlines and priorities on multiple simultaneous projects.
    • Able to work independently, driving projects to completion with little oversight.
    • Willing to roll up your sleeves to execute tasks as needed, get things done quickly and with limited resources.

You have:

    • An eye for great design and intuitive understanding of what customers want, but also what constitutes truly differentiated and high-quality products.
    • Exceptional and obsessive detail orientation to ensure flawless execution.
    • Strong command of Adobe Creative Suite, a must!
    • Strong Google Slides, Sheets, Docs/Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel, Word skills.
    • Comfortability with cloud storage, file sharing and FTP programs.
    • Superior communication skills via email and phone; experience working directly with partners and suppliers.
    • Prototyping skills and previous exposure to or understanding of print, art, textile, home decor manufacturing capabilities and substrates.
    • Thirst for knowledge and passion for new tools and equipment.
    • 4 year degree in relevant field.
About Minted
 
Minted is a design platform whose mission it is to bring the best in independent design to consumers everywhere. The company's art, stationery, and textiles products have reached over 40 million homes worldwide.
 
Minted uses technology to bring unique, best-selling design to market at scale. Using its crowdsourcing technology, consumers are empowered to vote for the designs they love and want to see sold, ensuring that Minted always sells continuously fresh and trend-forward product. The winning designs are manufactured by Minted, enabling artists from around the world to share and sell their work while letting Minted do the rest. Since launch in 2007, the company has expanded to serve consumers in new categories including wall art, textiles, digital content and home decor, as well as serve major retailers and consumer products brands with data-backed design through licensing and wholesale partnerships.

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