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Designer / Product Development

At Cousin, our team is energetic, dedicated and passionate. The newest addition to this great team will be a new designer to help us develop unique, trend right product. The ideal candidate has a great attitude, is extremely creative, and understands the product development process.

Responsibilities
  • Conduct extensive market research to identify emerging trends
  • Interpret trends and how they will translate to the gift market
  • Work with the Creative Lead on development and execution of product designs that achieve overall product strategy and merchandise objectives
  • Understand and uphold design’s aesthetic intent
  • Create story boards and presentations
  • Coordinate and leverage internal design capabilities with vendor partners while focusing on speed to market
  • Operate with a working knowledge of the development process and how it relates to product development timelines
  • Send development packages to overseas partners and sample facilities
  • Initiate and keep track of status of material and sample requests and approvals, and alert management of exceptions
  • Responsible for daily communication with overseas vendors
  • Support the review of prototypes to meet product development timeline milestones with a focus on product execution, consistency of details, and target margin
  • Execute, update and maintain necessary product development tools (such as Spec Sheets, Milestone Charts, and New Product Templates)
  • Demonstrate understanding of costing implications as they relate to the product development process and manage development costs, packaging costs, and final costs
  • Communicate with merchandising team on any product related updates or corrections made
  • Build effective relationships with key customers, vendors and internal partners in the Creative, Merchandising, Sales, Marketing and Production departments to promote collaboration and ensure product design requirements are developed, communicated and implemented
Desired Skills
  • Ability to design concepts that are consumer focused to meet the needs of the retail customer
  • Must have a high degree of proficiency with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Must have a thorough working knowledge of basic Microsoft Office Programs
  • Experience in working with overseas manufacturers and vendors to develop innovative products is preferred
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong sense of teamwork and ability to multitask
  • Strong analytical and decision making skills with superb attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to interact in a positive manner with others within various levels of the organization
  • Must be able to perform in a high pressure, fast paced environment
  • Able to work the scheduled shift
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally and obtain a US Passport
Education / Experience
  • Minimum 3-5 years of product design and/or illustration experience with a retailer or manufacturer (experience in fashion jewelry or accessories product development is a plus!)
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience
Salary & Benefits
  • Competitive salary and bonus
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, 401K, paid vacation and holidays

Cousin has been family owned for over 47 years. It all began as a retail craft store in Largo, Florida in 1970. Today, Cousin is a highly respected wholesale fashion company that understands and utilizes the power of data and trends to provide the high quality of products, services and professionalism our retail partners need and deserve. Our success is attributed to one thing, our employees. Because of them, we are a great place to work, grow, be challenged and most of all, make a difference.

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