Product Designer

Location: Scarborough, ON, Canada
Date Posted: 09-18-2017
Product Designer
Full Time Employment
About this role …
Are you a well-rounded Designer with an insatiable curiosity and a strong understanding of home trends, consumer behavior, design principles, and production know-how?
We are seeking a talented experienced Designer to join the Umbra Studio and manage all aspects of product development from design specification to launch. Our ideal candidate is both passionate and driven and will work closely with our team to create functional and decorative innovations.
What you’ll do …
  • Develop a range of innovative products in a wide range of materials including wood, plastic, metal and fabric
  • Produce accurate 2D and 3D product specifications and drawings and account for cost, ergonomic, safety and manufacturing limitations
  • Continually search and identify new product ideas, designs, materials and production techniques
  • Collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team that includes Category Managers, Designers, Developers in Asia, Marketing, and Sales
  • Create prototypes as required for approval and customer presentations
  • Communicate effectively and extensively throughout the design process with Graphic Designers, Product Development and Quality Control, Marketing/Sales teams
  • Attend trade shows, vendor and client presentations as required
  • Maintain regular contact with design community
What you’ll bring …
Education: Post-secondary degree/diploma in industrial design or relevant experience.
Experience: Minimum 5 years of work experience as an Industrial Designer. Knowledge of a wide variety of materials and manufacturing processes, especially plastics. Complete understanding of design for manufacturing, including knowledge of capabilities and limitations. Creative problem solving and analytical skills. Preference will be given to those with housewares experience.
Passion:  You have a passion for design that solve real life problems in order to bring successful products to markets.
Design Sense:  You have a strong design awareness and ability to translate trends into commercially viable designs. You are driven to design user-focused products and are enthusiastic to be part of the entire design process. You have a sound understanding of assortment planning and putting themes and collections together.
Technical: You have exceptional 2D skills like hand sketching, Keyshot, Illustrator and Photoshop rendering. You are equally skilled with 3D CAD. Experience with SolidWorks required.
Model making:  You love working with your hands and will eagerly show off your exceptional model/prototype making skills in our workshop.
Entrepreneurial: You demonstrate a “no job is too small” mentality; you like to roll up your sleeves, jump in and get it done! You are a goal-oriented, high achiever. You appreciate the nuances of a private, non-corporate company environment.
Relationship Building: You encourage collaboration and are a team player who can develop and maintain effective relationships with co-workers. You love to work with others who are as passionate about design as you are to achieve common goals.
Communication: You are comfortable and confident presenting designs and responding to questions.
Organization Skills: You thrive in a fast-paced environment. You have a strong sense of urgency, are self-motivated and work effectively under pressure. You have excellent time management skills. 
What we offer …
A fast-paced, mind-blowing work experience like no other. Umbra is a place where innovative minds thrive and make things happen. We value our unique work space, our global mindset and our distinct design-centric culture.
We offer all permanent full-time associates incentive programs, group benefits and RSP, as well as continuous learning opportunities, recognition galore, an on-site gourmet café to treat yourself, and full gym facilities to work it off after. Overall, a pretty great place to work!
We are Umbra …
Innovative Modern Original Casual Driven Global Connected
Spiritedly Competent Opportunity
World Leaders Collaborative
We share a vision of creating original, modern, casual, functional and affordable design for every room in the home.  We are a privately owned, Canadian company with over 35 years of industry experience. Led by one of our founders, our designs can be found in over 120 countries across five continents. Our global success is attributed to our entrepreneurial nature and a desire to push ourselves, and each other, beyond our limits. 
How to apply …
If this captures your imagination, please send your resume and portfolio (as a link or a PDF no larger than 2MB) to, referencing “Product Designer” in the subject line. Please include both individual and group work in your portfolio and explain the role you played in your group work.
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