Toy Designer at The Marketing Store

Sorry, this job was removed at 5:38 p.m. (CST) on Monday, July 13, 2020
Find out who's hiring in Chicago.
See all Design + UX jobs in Chicago
Apply now
By clicking continue you agree to Built In’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

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 TOY Product, Packaging, POS, and presentation materials. When needed: to help direct creative development from start to finish, ensuring that it meets and exceeds our Clients’ and Licensing Partners’ 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 and CCO throughout the creative development process; from start-up to presentation
  • Contribute concepts for share in internal ideation reviews,
  • Assist in 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:

  • 4+ years of experience in a design and illustration within a promotional marketing agency/toy company preferred
  • Strong Conceptual thinker; able to generate NEW and Engaging ideas with a strong eye towards a ‘never been done before’ approach
  • 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
  • Understanding of Manufacturing Process for Retail Toy Product extremely helpful
  • Ability to champion ideas at all levels

 

Job Knowledge:

  • Excellent illustration and drawing skills, both traditional and digital
  • Advanced computer expertise in a wide range of programs with thorough knowledge of Ability to work closely with illustrators, freelance designers, sculptors, to obtain the desired creative output
  • Adobe Creative Suite [Photoshop], Word, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Outstanding communications skills (written, verbal and visual) with an understanding of the importance roll that design plays, as a communication tool
  • Strong awareness of Retail Trends; specifically, those related to Children’s Toys
  • Excellent organizational, prioritization and inter-personal skills
  • Experience with, or understanding of Z-brush or Freeform 3D modeling programs is a definite plus
  • Ability to concept new product ideas based on specific design parameters and aligned with established marketing strategy; pricing and safety constraints; and activating targeted Kids Play Patterns
  • Demonstrate an understanding of product design and manufacturing
  • Possesses 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 ‘open concept’ office distractions

 

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Must be able to effectively interact and communicate with all levels of employees within TMS, as well as with Clients, Licensing Partners 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.

Read Full Job Description
Apply now
By clicking continue you agree to Built In’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • D3JSLibraries
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Backbone.jsFrameworks
    • Ember.jsFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • DB2Databases
    • HiveDatabases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • TeradataDatabases

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

The Marketing Store Benefits Overview

TMS is incredibly flexible. We have summer hours from early May through late September. Outside of that, we have a work from home policy where we encourage employees to have a good work/life balance. Our benefits are effective the first day of hire-there’s no sort of waiting period! All of our medical plans are all PPO’s while still offering a wide variety of high deductibles and lower deductible plans. There are two dental plans that employee can pick from along with a vision plan. We have unique benefits such as pet insurance, organ donor leave, an extended parental leave, an adoptive leave policy, legal insurance, auto & home insurance, etc. Life insurance and AD&D is covered at not once the employee’s annual salary, but twice! We have tuition reimbursement to assist employees with going back to school and continuing to develop themselves. We also offer a student loan repayment plan to help employees with financial support to help reduce their loans. There’s an onsite gym that is free for employees with a full service locker that employees can take advantage off. There’s a wellness program that employees can partake in that is based off a point system where employees can turn those points into dollars and receive lots of cool, free gifts such as Amazon gift cards, apple watches, etc. A company perk program is offered where employees can sign up and get discounts off certain retail stores, flights, hotels, etc. A Referral bonus plan is offered to employees who refer employees to join the company. There’s an annual bonus and salary increase that dependent on company’s financials and employee performance. There are several gyms that we partner with to give a gym discount. There’s a traditional 401(k) plan that we offer with a match, but we also generously offer profit sharing an annual basis. We listen to our employees and align our benefit offerings to what they say they want!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Social Works, Greater Food Depository
Partners with Nonprofits
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Social Works, Greater Food Depository
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our Get Closer committee plans our parties and social events
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Employees can contribute up to $2750 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
For both AD&D and life insuance, the company covers up to twice your annual salary without any cost to the employee. Employees are also able to buy up this insurance amount if they decide to.
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers $2000 of expenses. Prevenative care is covered at 100% and employees have 2 different dental plans to pick from depending on their dental needs.
Health Insurance Benefits
There are 3 different PPO medical plans that employees can pick from. If an employee elects a health savings account (HSA) then the company adds in $500 for the employee only plan and $1,000 for fams.
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 2 times an employee's annual salary.
Pet Insurance
Our pet insurance policy covers up to 100% of out of pocket expenses.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
The company matches 100% of the first 3% you contribute, and then 50% of the next 2%. The employee has to contribute 5% to get the full match benefit of 4%.
Performance Bonus
Dependent on the company's financials, the employees are eligible for an annual bonus.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
TMS provides a FSA dependent care account. Employees can contribute to this to pay for their childcare for the year for up to $5,000 a year pre-tax.
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
TMS provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours, Core hours, Compressed week, Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Employees get up to 14 weeks of paid leave for adoption.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Employees receive between 15 and 20 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 8 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive unlimited hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
The Marketing Store hosts company outings Quarterly.
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Foosball, Pinball and Pop a Shot
Stocked Kitchen
digital coke machines, kombucha, cold brew and beer on draft. chips, oatmeal, fruit, vegetables, power bars, candy, popcorn, and string cheese
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted Once per month.
Parking
Recreational Clubs
volleyball club
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
We offer discounts for several different gyms at $25 a month. There is a onsite gym in the office along with a full locker room. All employees can join this gym for free-even temporary employees!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
The Marketing Store offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
The Tech team and People team hold monthly lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer $10,000 annually for tuition reimbursement.
Time allotted for learning
The Marketing Store allows employes to set aside ___% of working hours for learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
More Jobs at The Marketing Store2 open jobs
All Jobs
Data + Analytics
Marketing
Data + Analytics
new
Chicago