Safco Products Company Sr. Manager Industrial Design in New Hope, Minnesota

New Hope, Minnesota As a Sr. Manager Industrial Design with Mayline-Safco, you will lead a team of designers who develop innovative, on-trend designs for manufactured and sourced office products and office furniture with a strong sense of aesthetic and value. This full-time position reports to the Director Product Development and is located in Mayline-Safco's headquarters in New Hope, MN. ADDITIONALLY IN THIS ROLE YOU WILL: Lead Mayline-Safco's Industrial Design Team in the ideation, design and creation of concepts for new products as well as enhancements to existing product lines. Collaborate, partner and communicate cross functionally with product development, quality, engineering and sourcing throughout the product development phase gate process, with particular leadership and emphasis on the front end research and brainstorming through initial concept/design refinement with prototyping. Manage the overall design process, lead design research and provide direction of key industry design trends, best practices and material improvements. Develop and establish aesthetic and design language consistent with the brand, strategy, quality standards and voice of the customer feedback. Manage the prototyping process to demonstrate utility of design concepts Troubleshoot design issues with existing products and develop cost effective solutions Manage product deadlines to ensure projects are completed at cost and on time with the highest quality standard Ensure that overall design standards are managed and maintained throughout the product development lifecycle. Facilitate brainstorming sessions and formal design reviews during product meetings Partner with engineering to ensure product manufacturability and integrity Manage external design contractors RESPONSIBILITIES & QUALIFICATIONS You WILL excel in this role if: You care about the details: Despite the demands and hectic pace, you're meticulous and take pride in producing quality and accurate drawings and work to ensure proper product specifications and materials are used. You're strategic, yet hands on. You understand that inside a smaller organization you need to see the big picture while keeping your hands involved in the details necessary to get the work done. You recognize, and often anticipate, opportunities and threats, frame them in a new way and quickly respond with innovative and effective actions. You drive change. You foster innovation and lead continuous improvements along with significant internal change to keep pace with external demands. You experiment and take risks, yet accept the inevitable disappointments as a learning opportunity, while celebrating accomplishments with the broader team. You're aligned to our core values. You consistently exhibit and lead with Caring, Innovation, Trust and Excellence. To qualify, you will bring: Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design or related degree 10+ years in a progressive Industrial Design position 5+ years in a leadership role Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and Illustrator) Proficient in CAD software (Solidworks preferred) Experience in a manufacturing environment Experience leading teams and managing multiple projects Exceptional judgment and creative problem solving skills. Ability to travel 3-4 times per year. As part of the Liberty Diversified International (LDI) family of companies, Safco including our recent acquisition of Mayline, is a leader in providing innovative and cost effective products for the office environment. We create work spaces that energize and inspire people. Safco fulfills this purpose by staying close to the customer, empowering our employees, and using market knowledge and employee know how to develop and introduce a range of new products. We do this in an environment of open and spirited collaboration supported by a dynamic, creative culture which allows us to be nimble and make bold moves. Employing over 300 employees in total, our h