Creative Director, Merchandise & Design at Minted
San Francisco, CA, US
Minted is looking for a Creative Director, Merchandise & Design to join our team to lead assortment selection and merchandise design for our businesses, with a strong emphasis on our stationery businesses (holiday cards, wedding stationery, birth announcements, and more), for which Minted is known worldwide.  This role will have full responsibility for how the Minted brand is expressed through our product. Taking into account our crowdsourcing data and in close partnership with our Merchants and our Head of Crowdsourcing, s/he determine product assortments and guide design development that will not only drive sales, but raise the bar from a design and aesthetic point of view and represent the fact that Minted’s brand is completely centered around the best in product design. This individual will thrive in a fast paced environment, understanding the need to be agile and align to retail business needs. S/he is always looking to learn from others, open to new models and the disruption that technology is creating in the world of design, adept at navigating both strategic information and minute details, and ensures both are understood by a broader team. Importantly, this person loves guiding a team and also enjoys maintaining their creative skills by occasionally being hands on with design work.
 
This position reports initially to the Founder and CEO of Minted, Mariam Naficy.

You will:

    • Review and approve merchandise assortments from both a commercial AND a design perspective, never sacrificing design quality for sales potential.
    • Provide design feedback and comments to our community of independent designers.
    • Select aspects of our products and accessories where we utilize an internal design process, lead these processes and teams.
    • Raise the bar and take our assortment to the next level, continuously pushing Minted to the highest design bar possible.
    • Become a champion of the artist community, both identifying and promoting emerging talent and fostering existing relationships to ensure a healthy design community.
    • Join the CEO and Founder in being a key champion for design across the company.
    • Develop and mentor colleagues by communicating clearly, providing valuable feedback, and developing training.

You are:

    • Designed obsessed, you have your finger on the pulse of what is happening/trending in the world of design.
    • Passionate around developing creative talent, you are a people person who cares deeply and takes a vested interest in nurturing talent.
    • Incredibly passionate about stationery, typefaces, and graphic design.
    • Able to identify gaps in assortments and proactively suggest solutions.
    • 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 team player, someone with humility and a low ego, who understands that our collective success outweighs personal gains.

You have:

    • BFA, Graphic Design (required).
    • 10+ years experience in fashion or other design-driven consumer goods or retail, in one of these functional areas: product design, product development, sourcing, merchandising.
    • Experience in recruiting and leading a team of creatives.
    • Deep product development and design experience.
    • Deep love for empowering creatives, building community, and helping fellow creative people.
    • Strong background in graphic design, with a passion for typography.
    • Exceptional design eye and taste.
    • The ability to manage both up and down, think big picture and understand how to execute.
    • A strong merchandising sense, even if you haven’t been a merchant before - ability to inhabit the skin of different kinds of buyers, imagine different segments, and create holistic assortments that are not just geared towards one's own tastes, but many others.
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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