Associate Product Designer

Overview

The Marketing Store, a HAVI company, is a privately held global Agency that innovates, optimizes and drives marketing promotions and supply chains of many of the best-known brands in the world. When you work at The Marketing Store, you have a chance to make your mark – to be a part of work that drives value, brings a smile and keeps everyday life moving forward. Which means it’s not the size of our global footprint, but rather your personal fingerprint, that has the power to make a real difference for our customers… and to touch the lives of people both at home and around the world.

 

We are staffed by a senior team of classically trained marketing professionals. Having developed an insightful, strategic, brand-building process for creating advertising campaigns, we have adapted this same thinking to promotions, digital, direct, the Internet, CRM, loyalty, premiums and events.  The result is unique solutions that cover the gamut of marketing channels. Our clients include McDonald’s, Nissan, Infiniti, T-Mobile and more!

Job Summary
Provide high-level design principles and advanced illustration skills in the creation of high-concept, on brand, high-impact 3D Kid's Product, Packaging, POS, and presentation materials. When needed: to help direct creative development from start to finish, ensuring that it meets and exceeds the Client's expectations and objectives.

Job Relationships

Reports to: Creative Director

  • Interrelationships: 
    • Internal: Creative design team; Engineering team; R&D team; Account Management team; Product Safety team; Agency Creative team
    • External: Clients, Licensors, Freelancers

Responsibilities

  • Generate strong, strategy-based, design/illustration solutions and champion them with enthusiasm
  • Provide high-end, presentation-level Line Art illustrations for prototypes and decks
  • Contribute enhanced design expertise and inspiration at the concept level and throughout every project assigned
  • Assist CD throughout the creative development process from start-up to presentation in brainstorming sessions, internal reviews of concepts, planning for client presentations and meeting deadlines
  • Help determine project priorities and share resources as needed
  • Participate in creative reviews and take follow-up action
  • Participate in client presentations as directed by CD.
  • Work closely with account, planning, production and business support to develop and implement concepts for all product presentations
  • Work to provide new approaches for creative exploration, and deliver innovative ideas and solutions based on program briefs
  • Consistently monitor projects to ensure presentation deadlines are met

Desired Skills & Experience

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in design / product design, BFA/MFA a plus

 

Experience:

  • 1-3 years experience in a design and illustration within a promotional marketing agency/toy company preferred
  • Comprehensive design background with solid experience in multiple disciplines of art direction such as merchandising and promotions
  • Experience in the management of inside and outside resources
  • Strong process and project management skills
  • Ability to champion ideas at all levels

 

Job Knowledge:

  • Ability to work closely with illustrators, freelance designers, sculptors, to obtain the desired creative output
  • Excellent illustration and drawing skills, both traditional and digital
  • Advanced computer expertise in a wide range of programs with thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Outstanding communications skills (written, verbal) with an understanding of the importance roll that design, as a communication tool
  • Excellent organizational, prioritization and inter-personal skills
  • Understanding of the importance of design, as a communication tool
  • Ability to concept new product ideas based on specific design parameters and in alignment with established marketing strategy
  • Some understanding of product design and manufacturing
  • An awareness or appreciation of the following:
    • Children's Toys; Licensed Properties
    • Pop Culture: Kid and Family films; Cartoons; Comics
    • Retail collectibles

 

Essential Physical/Other Requirements:

  •   Works under frequent time pressures and distractions

 

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Must be able to effectively interact and communicate with all levels of employees within TMS, as well as with clients, licensors and vendors
  • Must possess an innate sense of fun

Benefits

The Marketing Store provides comprehensive benefits offerings to all full-time employees starting on day one. Our benefits include options for medical and dental insurance, 401(k) plan with Company matching provision, profit sharing, flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, health and wellness benefits (including discounts on products & services), employee assistance program, and disability insurance.

 

Thank you for your interest in The Marketing Store.

Please note that we will only contact candidates who are selected for an interview.

The Marketing Store is an equal opportunity employer.

We do not accept unsolicited calls, resumes or candidate referrals from recruiters and agencies.

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Location

Our company is in the heart of the Loop, making for an easy commute. We are blocks away from the river and the lake surrounded by trendy hotspots.

An Insider's view of The Marketing Store

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

The Marketing Store offers employees an incredible work life balance. We all work hard to get the work done but our personal lives and passions outside of work are always supported. Employees are encouraged to have flexible work schedules, working remotely when needed and finding time to do what they love in and out of the office.

Alysha

Vice President, Communications

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We’re leveraging data to solve marketing challenges for clients to understand who their customers are, and to activate future games & promotions. By using data, we’re enabling our clients to make data driven decisions and create custom experiences that will resonate with their target audience.

Wendy

Senior Director, Analytics

What makes someone successful on your team?

Being solutions oriented is the secret to success at The Marketing Store. We’re lucky to work with some of the biggest brands on new digital initiatives – which means we are often navigating in the unknown and encountering new scenarios. Successful team members can access current road blocks and determine how they can help solve the problem.

Leigh Anne

Director, Product Management

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Analytics is at the core of what we strive to achieve at TMS – measurable impact to our client’s business. The decision science team is responsible for enabling the descriptive and prescriptive marketing analytics that drive strategic recommendations and shape the programs that we execute across the agency.

Tom

Manager, Decision Sciences

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

I let creatives do what they came here to do by empowering them to think and have a point of view. Make them trust me because I commit to their development and follow through. I challenge their thinking and executions, so they can think strategically. Respect them as humans and provide them with an environment where they have fun and can grow.

Diana

Vice President, Creative Director

What are The Marketing Store Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
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