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Product Development Design Associate

Maiden Home
Location: New York, NY, USA
Added on: 15 Feb 2024, Job offer expires on: 30 Mar 2024

At Maiden Home, we’re growing our team of mission-driven, customer-obsessed design lovers here in NYC. If you’re excited to be a part of a revolution of furniture retail–and game to join one of the fastest-growing brands in the industry–we’d love to hear from you.

As our Product Development Design Associate, you will work across internal teams and external stakeholders to scale Product Development and expand our beautiful, high-quality furniture assortment. This as Maiden Home enters new categories of the home and rapidly grows our existing product line. Reporting to the Senior Manager of Product Design, the ideal candidate is a clear communicator who is invested in growing alongside Maiden Home.

Our Product Development Design Associate is invested in innovation, creativity, documentation and process improvement. They enjoy contributing to a product’s development from design conceptualization through production, building structure as they go, and thriving in collaborative environments. Their innovative mindset enables them to tackle each and every new business challenge that this dynamic growth environment throws their way.

This is a unique opportunity to join a fast-growing retail brand at a critical stage, offering huge potential for future growth. When you join the team, you’ll enter a workspace that encourages innovation, creative expression, and teamwork. The possibilities are endless, and your experience will be shaped by your performance, contributions, and drive. This role is located at our New York headquarters, located in the TriBeCa design district.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Product Design Senior Manager and Product Development Senior Associate to design and develop new products (or improve upon our existing assortment) with sketches, 3D Rhino models and design-level 2D CAD drawings
  • Assist the Product Team as a point of contact between internal stakeholders and external manufacturing partners for development of new products
  • Help facilitate that the quoting and sampling process proceeds in a timely, organized manner according to the Product Development calendar, allowing us to efficiently launch new products throughout the year
  • Provide clear and concise technical feedback to our manufacturing partners, including detailed review of product prototypes, shop drawings and production progress photos
  • Work alongside the Product team in recording and tracking our Product assortment into our newly adopted database system
  • Be an advocate for the elevation of our product’s quality and design standard

Qualifications

  • Between 2 and 5 years of experience in domestic or international furniture design, industrial design, interior design, product development, and/or product operations; furniture start-up experience is a plus
  • Experience in a home retail or boutique commercial furnishings manufacturing organization or interior design firm is required
  • Must have seen product, in a quantity of >100, move from concept to market / end-user; possess a strong knowledge of furniture design, construction and materiality through the lens of production; inclusive of upholstered seating, dining, bedroom and storage
  • Able to critically review furniture shop drawings received from manufacturing partners
  • Connections within the industry, including manufacturers and material resources, are considered an asset
  • Strong interest in a production-forward role, grounded in product development
  • Passionate about furniture and design; knowledgeable about design history as well as what’s new and next
  • Strong knowledge of AutoCAD and Rhino is required
  • Working knowledge of data management or PLM systems such as Fohlio, Spexx and Specsources considered a notable asset
  • Proficiency in Excel, Microsoft Office and Google Suite a must
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong attention to detail, a “can-do” attitude and the ability to consistently take initiative, demonstrating relentless follow-through in a startup environment
  • High energy, a healthy dose of tenacity and a collaborative spirit

Benefits

  • Competitive compensation package, & unlimited vacation
  • Choice of medical, dental and vision insurance plan, including one option where up to 88% of the premium is covered by Maiden Home
  • Furniture placement program & company discount
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • 12 weeks parental leave
  • 3-week paid sabbatical after 3 years
  • Access to robust learning opportunities, such as one-on-one professional coaching and supplementary education
  • Strong, growing company culture, including frequent happy hours and other team-wide and company-wide events

About Maiden Home

Maiden Home is a new concept in custom furniture that will forever change the way consumers shop for their homes. We offer high-quality pieces made by the best American craftsmen and delivered at prices and lead times unheard of in custom furniture.

Since launching in 2017, Maiden Home has been featured in Architectural Digest, Fast Co, Forbes & Bloomberg, to name a few. Backed and led by seasoned executives in e-commerce and retail, and embraced by a nationwide community of consumers and designers, Maiden Home is on its way to forever transform the home furnishings industry.

Maiden Home is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics.

Please send an email including your resume and selections of your completed work as well as technical drawings to: frances@maidenhome.com. Email attachments should not exceed 10mb.

The subject line of the email should read “Product Development Design Associate“.  We look forward to hearing from you!



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