Design Director

We are looking for a proactive and detail-oriented individual to join our team full-time as a Design Director. This person will manage our design team and product development process end-to-end.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Planning
• Design and implement the product development and launch calendar in collaboration with the studio’s Co-Founders and Director of Operations.
• Work with the studio's Co-Founders to develop and maintain a visual and creative tone for new and existing products and collections, including, but not limited to: mood boarding, market research, competitive analysis, potential assortment development, product concept statements, and initial concept ideation. 
• Lead development of design team standards, systems, and tools, to ensure ongoing refinement of processes, implementation of new tools, and organization
• Define and analyze company KPIs in partnership with the Studio’s Co-Founders and department leadership
• Own, manage, and optimize the design and product development P&Ls

Team Management
• Lead and manage the day-to-day efforts of the design team, including project planning, workflows, providing design direction, overseeing vendor communication, and adjusting priorities to ensure project milestones are met and accomplished within established timelines and budgets
• Ensure that internal and external teams and contractors are tracking toward product calendar timelines by establishing regular status updates and systems for accountability
• Provide the initial and weekly rounds of review for design concepts submitted by design team members to promote innovative design solutions. Lead weekly creative review meetings with the Co-Founders. 
• Update progress reports weekly, highlighting the design project's status, completed tasks, upcoming milestones, any issues/ roadblocks, and adjusting project schedule as required. 
• Review, redline, and approve drawings and 3D models

Cross-Functional Collaboration
• Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including sales, operations, procurement, production, brand, and marketing to ensure data and objectives are aligned.
• Distribute comprehensive product knowledge and resource documents for new products and design/ engineering updates including, but not limited to: digital models (2D, 3D, IES), assembly guidelines for internal and external use, tear sheets, BOM and product data spreadsheets, product samples for photography and shot list, sales tools, and quality control guidelines for internal and external use. 

General
• Keep the studio organized, including prototypes, finish samples, tools, and the design team's work area.

Qualifications

• 10+ years of experience in product design and development
• Exemplary communicator and adaptable 
• Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail 
• Strong drive to complete all tasks efficiently, consistently following up with team members to ensure work is finished. You leave no loose ends and always strive for thoroughness in your and your team's work.
• Actively seeks inspiration from diverse creative fields such as design, art, architecture, and fashion. You integrate these influences into your personal style and encourage your team to do the same in their work.
• Consistently boost morale within the team and maintain positive interactions with clients and external partners, regardless of your internal mood. Even in challenging situations, you uphold high standards and push for the best possible outcome. 
• Comfortable being the person supporting the leaders of the brand
• Excited by rapid growth and the challenges that come with it
• Degree in product, furniture, lighting, industrial design, or interior design
• Strong portfolio showing design sensibility, product design and development, custom/ commissioned work, and presentation skills
• Ability to understand and provide guidance for 3D CAD modeling
• Great interpersonal skills that are both efficient and empathetic
• Ability to prioritize time effectively and manage a small team
• Friendly and personable :)

Studio + Compensation

• This is a full-time position based in Gowanus, Brooklyn
• 40 hours/week. Our studio hours are Monday - Friday from 9 am to 6 pm
• $120,000 - $160,000 annual salary based on experience
• Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance, including 100% monthly premium coverage options for Employees of the studio.
• PTO, 401k, and Profit Sharing Plan

How to Apply

Send resume and portfolio to jobs@incommonwith.com. In your email, please describe your interest in the position and why you’re a good fit for the studio.

Due to the high volume of responses we receive, we will not follow up with all applicants directly. However, if we feel you are a good fit, we will follow up with qualified candidates within five days. Thank you for your application!