Sr. Manager of Industrial Design at Pampered Chef

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Purpose of the Role:

This is an opportunity to lead the industrial design team for Pampered Chef’s portfolio of durable products designed to build kitchen confidence and create mealtime wins for people around the globe.  Reporting to the CMO, in this role you will work with our talented team of our designers in partnership with product management, engineering, supply chain, marketers, outside vendors and other key stakeholders to develop new products spanning a broad array of categories including small appliances, cookware/bakeware, and kitchen tools.   From concepting to execution, your team will lead the development of these products while championing and advancing Pampered Chef’s product design language and visual brand identity.

Key Responsibilities

  • End-to-end product development from research and early concept exploration to product DFM and launch.
  • Develop a team of top design talent, ensuring a culture of continuous improvement through inspiring, coaching, and guiding them throughout the product development cycle
  • Inspires peers and adjacent teams through sharing new design trends and competencies and demonstrating creative thinking, exploration, and problem solving.
  • Uses understanding of materials and manufacturing processes to ensure concepts and final products align to the financial deliverables of the business, troubleshoot technical issues throughout development, and maintain design intent.
  • Partner with Sr Product Mgr, Innovation to visualize 3+ year out concepts across key categories and relevant adjacencies.
  • Responsible for developing a strategy around the visual brand language (Materials, colors, geometry, etc) including the appropriate user interfaces and performance / quality translations.
  • Serve as a core team representative for consumer research function, providing the right organizational “tension” to ensure the teams are appropriately oriented and thoughtful to the customer and their perspective

Competencies for Success:

  • Business Insights
  • Cultivates Innovation
  • Develops Talent
  • Directs Work

Measures of Success:

  • New product gross margin/selling consultant
  • Product Reviews
  • New Product Development Milestones

Education & Experience:

  • BS in Industrial Design required; Masters in Marketing or PD preferred, MBA highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 8 years in new solution and/or technology development in a business segment with lifecycles in the 3-5 year range, preferable housewares.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • OracleDatabases

Location

We get to mix it up! PC has offices in Addison and in downtown Chicago.

What are Pampered Chef Perks + Benefits

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Pampered Chef hosts Help Whip Cancer fundraisers with the American Cancer Society and is a proud partner with Feeding America's Round-Up from the Heart Program raising more than $26 million since 1991
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our FUN Committee plans monthly events from game nights, happy hours, Halloween contests, and summer BBQs.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker, and 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Game Room
Happy Hours
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Pampered Chef hosts occasional Lunch and Learns for employees.
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

Each and every coworker makes a difference every day by asking tough questions, finding the answers, and then making it happen—our entrepreneurial employees are the key to our success! Pampered Chef is big enough to implement cutting-edge technology, and small enough for all ideas to be heard and challenged.
We are a learning focused environment—we want you to learn from us, and we expect to learn from you and what you’re passionate about! We even provide training and development for added brainpower.

We collaborate every day in a high-tech space with writable walls, open collaboration zones, quiet “I need to contemplate” zones, and fun zones with ping pong, basketball, and bags, of course. No boring cubicle farms here!

We are concerned about your physical and financial well-being and offer BC/BS PPO or HMO health plans, dental, disability, matched 401K, life insurance, on-site fitness center, comfy chairs, on-site cafeteria, and dry cleaning valet service.

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