KiwiCo is an innovative eCommerce company that sparks kids
creativity and curiosity through offline and online materials and
inspiration. We offer kids a delightful, engaging way to explore,
create, and learn; and arm them with the creative confidence and
tools to change the world. Our core offering is a subscription
service that delivers hands-on projects to kids of all ages. We
also have an online store and a content hub for families. We take
great pride and ownership in the products and experiences we design
and in the community of parents and kids we serve. Our office is
located in Mountain View, within walking distance to the Caltrain
Role and Responsibilities:
Were looking for a Product Design Associate to join our team and
develop compelling STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
projects for kids. You are an independent go-getter, with strong
engineering intuition, interested in fulfilling our promise to
delight kids and families with hands-on, educational projects and
content. As a Product Design Associate, you will be on the front
lines of our product development process, diving into and assisting
with all aspects, from conception through manufacturing and
shipment. Responsibilities include:
Ideation, brainstorming, and research of hands-on STEM product
concepts. Were a fun, creative bunch. We love whiteboards, sticky
notes, nerding out, and pushing the boundaries of whats possible to
squeeze into a 3x7x10 crate.
Prototyping and design iteration. Physical prototyping is our
bread and butter, a daily activity that brings life to our ideas,
informs design decisions, and drives our process forward. We like
to get our hands dirty, move quickly, and iterate often.
Product testing. We hold weekly product testing sessions with
kids, and the feedback we glean from these sessions deeply impacts
our product direction. We love em, and hope that you do too!
Material sourcing and sampling. As awesome as our ideas may be,
the execution of these ideas is just as important. We work closely
with our Sourcing and Operations teams, as well as our
manufacturers to ensure that our products meet the highest quality
Editorial. A project is only as good as its instructions. We
work closely with our Editorial team to create compelling and clear
instructions sets, as well as magazine content and DIY
As a start-up celebrating creativity and development, we believe
and encourage the same in our team. We seek team players with an
infectious positive energy, great initiative, and a get-it-done
attitude. Candidates must thrive in ambiguity and love a rapid
pace. You must have a strong desire to learn and improve. A strong
work ethic, communication skills, and high levels of empathy are
crucial for the role. You:
Are passionate about kids and creativity. You love kids and the
power of hands-on learning and development. STEM projects are your
jam, and you love bringing a spark to a childs eye as they learn
something fun and new.
Have 3+ years experience designing physical products. Experience
with all aspects of the product development process, from
conception through to a finished product. You are passionate about
the design process and tirelessly pursue excellence in all
Have strong science and engineering fundamentals. Our projects
cover a variety of STEM subjects, from physics to chemistry to
biology, mechanics to electronics to material science. You dont
need to be an expert in all things STEM, but strong fundamentals
and intuition, paired with the ability to learn quickly are
important for the job.
Have strong physical prototyping skills. Youre a pro with an
X-acto knife, and can MacGyver your way through building almost
anything. Taking an idea from your head to a physical prototype and
then rapidly iterating comes naturally.
Are an effective problem solver, with a hands-on get things done
mentality. You are eager and able to solve challenges and tackle
opportunities, identify potential issues and hurdles, and develop
ways to get around them. You can adapt quickly to figure out
innovative ways to get things done.
Have great time management skills and the ability to multitask.
We move fast. Effective prioritization and organization to stay
positive and proactive in an ambiguous environment is a must. We
always have several projects on the burner, so learning to parse
and prioritize is essential.
Are detail & process-oriented. We move quickly, but we bring
care and thoughtfulness to everything we do. We care deeply about
the details, and strive for excellence in every aspect of the
product development process.
Have great collaboration & communication skills. We work closely
with our Operations, Sourcing, Editorial, and Marketing teams. You
have exceptional communication skills that allow fluid
cross-functional team discussions, projects, and collaborations. A
true team player.
Are always learning. As a growing startup were always faced with
new and exciting challenges. We enthusiastically own our many hats,
and dive into the unknown. We love to learn, grow, and push the
boundaries of whats possible.
More about you: You're positive, motivated, dynamic, thoughtful,
creative, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial with excellent
B.S. in Engineering, Science or Design.
Proficient in Adobe Suite.
Experience with 3D CAD modeling software.
Experience designing hands-on, educational projects for
STEM enthusiast- a nerd and maker at heart.
If youre passionate about designing and producing enriching,
delightful products for kids, wed love to hear from you!
Please include a cover letter highlighting your background and
describing your interest in addition to your resume.
KiwiCo is committed to creating a diverse environment and is
proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Individuals seeking
employment at KiwiCo are considered without regard to race,
ethnicity, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry,
pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,
physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran or military
status, or any other legally protected category.