Sr. Product Designer
Company: KiwiCo, Inc.
Location: Mountain View
Posted on: June 12, 2021
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 ages 0-16+. 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
station. Currently, we are working remotely. As guidelines permit,
we will move to our plan of hybrid, remote/in-office work.
Role and Responsibilities:
We're looking for a Senior Product Designer to join our team and
spearhead the development of compelling and creative STEAM projects
for kids. You are a seasoned professional and independent
go-getter, with strong design intuition. As a Senior Product
Designer, you are responsible for owning and driving the
development of projects from initial conception through to
manufacturing and shipment. You are a pro at all aspects of the
design process, can efficiently and effectively drive project
timelines, can prioritize to balance and hit company quality and
margin targets, and can aid and guide less experienced
- Ideation, brainstorming, and research of hands-on product
concepts. We're a fun, creative bunch and our products span themes
across arts, crafts, science, imaginative play, and more. We love
pushing the boundaries of what's possible to squeeze into a
- Prototyping and design iteration. You must be a maker at heart.
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
- Product testing and analysis of user feedback. We hold weekly
product testing sessions with kids, and the feedback we glean from
these sessions deeply impacts our product direction. As a Product
Designer, you manage these sessions, as well as review, analyze and
integrate post-shipment feedback from our customers into our future
- 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
standards. As a Product Designer, you write product specs, sample
materials, work with manufacturers, and are responsible for
spreadsheets to track product quality and cost, ensuring we hit
- 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
- Project Management. As a monthly subscription service, we
always have multiple projects cooking at the same time. Product
Designers are responsible for owning and driving product
development timelines forward, hitting quality and margin targets,
and integrating with other teams within the company to ensure that
our products seamlessly integrate with broader company
- 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 also be a strong project manager, capable of
simultaneously driving timelines, while balancing product
priorities and broader company objectives. 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.
- Passionate about kids, creativity, and early childhood
development. You love kids and the power of hands-on learning and
development. Creative projects are your jam, and you love bringing
a spark to a child's eye as they learn something fun and new.
- Experience: 10+ years designing physical products. You have
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
- Strong physical prototyping and mechanics skills. You're a
maker at heart and love getting creative with your hands. You're
always bursting with new ideas and can whip them up in a jiffy.
Taking an idea from your head to a physical prototype and then
rapidly iterating comes naturally. You have experience with, and an
aptitude for, designing and constructing mechanical systems.
- 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.
- Solid project 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 efficiently and
effectively driving timelines, while balancing product objectives
and broader company goals is essential.
- 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. You own the development process from start to
finish, and ensure that our t's are crossed and our i's
- Broad operating range. In addition to being thorough and
detail-oriented, you're able to see the big picture. Based on your
understanding of the broader implications, you think critically and
- 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. You are a true team
player, and leader for more junior Designers.
- Always learning. As a growing startup, we're 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 what's possible.
- More about you: You're positive, motivated, dynamic,
thoughtful, creative, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial with
- Proficient in Adobe Suite and 3D modeling software
- Background in industrial design or product design with
- Experience designing hands-on, educational projects for
- Management experience
If you're passionate about designing and producing enriching,
delightful products for kids, we'd 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.
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