Furniture Design and Development Director

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Industrial Design August 22, 2018 Article Vancouver, BC, Canada

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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. Because of this, we’re growing like crazy and we need a few more hands on deck. We’re looking for a Design Director to join the team!

As the Design Director you will lead a team of multidisciplinary product designers in the delivery of customer-centric furniture designs. You will rally the wider teams around a design vision through effective presentation skills and leadership. This position requires the ability to:

  • Inspire, lead, and direct a team of multidisciplinary designers, including architects and industrial designers, from ideation to the delivery of world class furniture and product designs. This includes both in-house and contract designers and the product support team.
  • Collaborate with our Executive, Marketing, Operations and Creative Team Leaders to define a design strategy that aligns with our customer and business objectives.
  • Use your effective communication and presentation skills to provide a clear visual map of how our collection and products will come to life and increase brand relevance.
  • Oversee design development from drawings to prototypes to fully developed products through to on-boarding products for sale.
  • Oversee Product Development and Product Support Teams. Support Product Development Manager, Product Support Manager and Contract Designers to achieve their goals.
  • Proactively ensure that concepts, designs and desired output are obtainable within the project timeline and budget. Oversee Design Team calendar.
  • Develop and cultivate a deep understanding of the Article brand, product collection and consumer and direct all design initiatives to meet company objectives.
  • Develop great relationships with contract manufacturers and designers. Work with them to develop new original designs.
  • Find efficiencies in materials, construction techniques, etc. Understand cost of materials and manufacturing techniques. Ensure Articles cost of production is optimal for the grade of product being built.
  • Work with the QA team to improve designs and find solutions for construction problems.
  • Work with the Supply Chain team to assist in improving forecasting and service level of stock availability for new introductions as well as existing items.
  • Work with the Packaging team to ensure packaging is solid, efficient, customer experience friendly and environmentally responsible

REQUIREMENTS

  • You have 3+ years experience leading a furniture design team, 8+ years experience as a Furniture Designer. A degree in Architecture, Industrial Design and/or Cabinet Making would be beneficial.
  • You have senior experience in a high-volume furniture manufacturing business.
  • You are willing and able to travel to high-volume manufacturers anywhere in the world to oversee design, manufacturing and quality development.
  • You have a track record of delivering exceptional design work and ability to lead a successful team.
  • You are capable of building furniture, directing prototype construction, understanding quality of materials and their costs and construction techniques.
  • You understand advanced furniture construction equipment and machines and can assemble a shop.
  • You set a clear vision, align your team around common objectives, and foster commitment to these objectives.
  • You seek and execute the best (but sometimes not the easiest) solutions, with an unwavering commitment to do what is right.
  • You inspire breakthrough thinking and continuous improvement.
  • You have a keen interest in home furnishings, interior design and architecture.
  • You subscribe to the less-is-more style of design and have an affinity for the Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian and West Coast Modern design aesthetics.