Arden Companies, LLC Jr. Designer, Research amp; Development in Bingham Farms, Michigan
Arden Companies is seeking a motivated talented Junior Designer, who is passionate about consumer-centered design. The Designer will be involved in the research and development and innovation of new materials, processes, and products, primarily in Outdoor Soft Home Category.Reporting directly to the VP of Global Sourcing Asia Operations, the Jr. Designer, RD will assist in research, data organization and driving forward-thinking projects to shape the future at Arden. This position will collaborate with a high energy creative team in design, PD, sales, and sourcing to help concept, manage, and shepherd RD projects in home soft-lines products and materials. A designer in this position is engaged in the outdoor home business, concept planning, design refinement, and production support. The ideal candidate would have a design background with strong written and 2D communication skills, be detail oriented, and have a true passion for innovation.uPrimary Responsibilities:/uulliGather and build clear project objectives/liliCollaborate with a global team to Research, Develop, Prototype, and Test new concepts/liliManage and organize program details, item specs, and research data within Ardenrsquo;s specific product management system/liliClearly communicate project findings and item specs by methods specific to each project/liliCommunication formats can include, but are not limited to, artistic renderings, CAD models, physical models, multi-media presentations, and written reports/liliInitiate and direct the development of models and prototypes to test and qualify key product characteristics, manufacturability, and aesthetics/liliPrepare and present new product concepts, internally and externally as needed/liliMaintain a working knowledge of material and process technologies applicable to new product development/liliCommunicate effectively with teammates, internal and external resources to ensure new product development success/li/uluProfessional Qualifications:/uulliBachelor's degree/diploma in a Design related field, preferably home, textiles, or soft-lines related./li/uluRequired Skills/uulliStrong sketching and 2D communication skills/liliHighly detail oriented ndash; Must be able to see the big picture while managing the details/liliAbility at solving complex design problems with simple and elegant solutions/liliCompetency in Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop, Microsoft PowerPoint/Excel/liliWillingness to travel for research, development, and inspiration/li/ulArden Companies is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis. Arden Companies participates in the Department of Homeland Securityrsquo;s E-Verify Program to verify the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.