Designer

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HI THERE.

We need a designer.... but not just any designer. Truth be told, we're a little (okay, a lot) picky at Easy, Tiger. As a designer on our team you'll be responsible for developing original products as part of a highly collaborative (and opinionated) team. We're looking for a highly skilled self-starter, with experience in print as well as 3D product design. You should have a sense of humor, an appreciation of dry wit and the ability to debate and take input to get to the best outcome. We'll require you to develop a strong understanding of our brand and use that to bring fresh ideas and your own unique spin to Easy, Tiger...  but don't take it personally if we tell you it's stupid. It's all about getting the right product. 

We're a small team with nowhere to hide.  You'll be extremely involved in the products we design from day one (right after we show you where the bathrooms are). You'll do it all, from dog bandanas to daily planners... and everything in between. We debate, create, sometimes swear, and do whatever it takes. Flexibility, humor, and the ability to handle a fast-paced workload with a high volume of change will serve you well. We want someone who is just as passionate about our brand as we are, and spoiler alert, that's a lot. We work hard, really hard... but we love what we do so you should too. Our team members are like family to us, and we care for them just the same. 

As part of our line we design many complicated, extremely detailed, multiple page books... 400+ pages sometimes, but who's counting? Well, you will be if you work for us. Speaking of, you should have a burning passion for typography. Not just the glamorous world of hand lettering, but down and dirty typesetting too. Words are a big part of Easy, Tiger and we use them a lot... so these skills are important. Have you ever been irrationally angry about the space between two letters on a sign? You sound like a great fit...  maybe not a blast at parties but that's okay, neither are we.

As the Easy, Tiger designer we will expect you to:

  • Design great stuff
  • Design great stuff the right way - understand the marketplace and what makes a product successful; the greatest idea is worthless unless it's commercially viable
  • Learn and balance the sides of product development; merchant brand strategies, line plans, price points, manufacturability, and overall creative and trend direction need to be considered for each item
  • Once you learn our brand, riff off of it to show us what you've got. Great product starts with great concepts and ideas; we want you to have those too
  • Work and play well with others. Partner with other disciplines (such as packaging, engineering, costing, quality) and vendors to produce the final product
  • Create detailed, accurate product design packages for production vendors while meeting aggressive deadlines
  • Stay inspired by market research, have a passion for retail and translate trends into great product that consumers don't even know they need
  • Be proficient in the big three Adobe products, with a special nerdy love for InDesign

Your work will be directed and approved by the master designer or creative product development director.

WHO WE ARE:

So, within Hallmark there is an exciting start-up called Hallmark Home & Gifts where we create and sell unique products to retailers and consumers around the world. We are a small, entrepreneurial, fast-paced, merchant-led organization focused on developing and selling multiple brands in the gifts and home décor product categories. It is a new growth area for the company where the days are varied and new products are constantly being developed. Easy, Tiger is one of our most recognizable brands, known for finely crafted sarcasm (+ stuff).

Interested? Follow the application instructions below to apply.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

You must show how you meet the basic qualifications (listed below) in a resume or document you upload, or by completing the work experience and education application fields. Accepted file types are Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX), PDF, HTML, or TXT. 

A portfolio is required. Your portfolio should be compiled into one PDF or Microsoft Word document that is no larger than 10 MB. You can submit a link to a personal portfolio website in addition to your uploaded portfolio file, but you must upload a portfolio file to be considered.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Hallmark Cards, Inc. and its subsidiary companies will hire only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Hallmark does not generally provide sponsorship for employment. Employment by Hallmark is contingent upon the signing of the Employment Agreement, signing of an agreement to arbitrate in connection with the Hallmark Dispute Resolution Program, completing Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, passing the urinalysis drug screen, education verification and satisfactory reference and background checks.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

The following is required to be considered for this role:

  • Bachelor's degree or 4+ years professional work experience
  • 2+ years of product development experience
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Your resume and portfolio will stand out if you have:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3+ years of professional experience in the development of 3D consumer product design
  • Strong understanding of form, manufacturability and materials
  • Experience with complicated print, typography, and lettering
  • A copywriting background is bonus points
  • If you can juggle, well, we'll just be impressed
  • Understanding of retail dynamics, including assortment planning and merchandising, and product replacement strategies
  • Extensive skills in ideation and innovation processes and frameworks (aka: you have great ideas)
  • Strong learning agility, and the ability to adapt quickly and work through ambiguity
  • Able to work in a fast-past, often changing environment and can effectively shift between strategic thinking and executing work
  • High level of personal leadership; self-motivated with a strong sense of personal accountability

Hallmark believes in enriching the lives of our employees by offering benefit programs to help you:

  • Take care of you and yours: We offer comprehensive medical, dental and vision benefits, as well as discounts on elder care, child care, education assistance and adoption assistance.
  • Save for your future: Through profit sharing, you share in the success of Hallmark. We also offer a 4% match on 401(k) contributions.
  • Enjoy your time: Maximize your work-life balance through Paid Time Off (PTO), paid holidays, community volunteer opportunities and discounts on product, entertainment venues, amusement parks and sporting events.
  • And More! (Like an on-site cafeteria, free parking, access to Crown Center and a fitness center.)

 

Hallmark is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, pregnancy, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other legally-protected status.  Principals only please.

 

Company
Hallmark
Posted
09/07/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Kansas City, MO 64108, US