PB CAREERS: Staples – Director of Product Design Innovation

PB CAREERS: Staples – Director of Product Design Innovation

Function: Merchandising/Buying
Location: Staples Corporate Center, Framingham, MA US
Date posted: 11/13/2018 9:03:45 PM
Type: Full-time
Permanent / Contract: Regular
Job number: 1071234

Description
Do you want to create new brands and new products from scratch?   Do you want to invent and think big to take an idea from concept to reality for customers?  Are you an expert in or passionate about products that boost productivity and help businesses grow?  The Staples Own Brand team is powering the greatest assortment transformation in our company’s history and we need your energy and enthusiasm to change the way the world works.  We are a $4B consumer products company within Staples Inc, and we’re working on the tools and fuel for the new 21st-century workplace.

Position Summary:
As the Director, Product Design you are at the intersection of customer needs and business goals which will allow you to use your Design Thinking expertise to drive innovation. This is a critical next step as we are you are responsible for all products and structural packaging under 7 new brand launches. Your ability to identify, influence, and prioritize opportunities for greatest impact paired with your leadership and mentorship of great designers will craft a platform that allows amazing design to happen. You will promote a design culture that is inclusive of other leaders across the company in merchandising, sales and marketing to exceed business expectations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Drive the strategy and vision for the Product Design team
  • Partner with business leaders on innovation programs by gaining an understanding of their business and aligning on opportunities to apply design thinking
  • Ask questions and lead with empathy to obtain deep intuition for the lives of our customers and end users
  • Lead explore projects with internal and consulting teams from research, through insights, and into strategic designs for innovative products
  • Guide the design investment and shape projects to deliver both incremental and revolutionary new products
  • Incorporate trends from style to behavior, ensuring cohesion with our brands
  • Oversee and provide actionable design feedback on product design solutions, prototypes, testing, and compiled qualitative research
  • Build consensus among cross-functional teams and influence decision making with senior-level audiences
  • Lead Design Thinking as an initiative
  • Manage R&D budget to effectively resource the team

Qualifications
Basic Qualifications:

  • Experience managing and motivating a team of +10 creatives
  • Engage, evaluate, negotiate, hire and manage a portfolio of expert external consultants, to deliver world-class product design
  • Experience leading client engagements for a top tier design and innovation consultancy
  • Strong entrepreneurial sensibility
  • World class influencing skills
  • Strong conceptual skills in product and graphic design while understanding how to take a product from idea to manufacture
  • Portfolio of great, new, successful products brought to market by design thinking methodologies
  • Bachelor’s in industrial design, integrated product design, or other relevant disciplines
  • Minimum 15 years of product design experience, a combination of relevant advanced and production design
  • Travel 20%

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understand patents and have comfort working with patent attorneys to develop new intellectual property
  • Master’s degree in industrial design, integrated product design, or other relevant disciplines
  • Seasoned leader with experience growing rock star design teams

Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.

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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.