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Senior Technical Designer - Tents / Outdoor Soft Goods

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 This position is an onsite position located in Cumberland, WI  

 

Senior Technical Designer – Tents/Outdoor Soft Goods

Department: Corporate Engineering

Reports to: Director of Product Development – Tents/Outdoor Soft Goods – Sporting Goods (Camping, Hunting, Ice Fishing)

 

Mission Statement:

Ardisam is an employee-owned company based in the heart of the Midwest. Passion drives our business as we work to become the most well-known name in various outdoor industries including hunting, ice fishing, gardening, camping and more. Our Cumberland, Wisconsin Headquarters since 1960 houses our rapidly growing team of over 130 employees. Our commitment to innovation and quality has been exceeding customer expectations for decades with no sign of slowing down. Our brands include but are not limited to: Earthquake Power Equipment, Eskimo Ice Fishing, Ion Ice Fishing, Rivers Edge Treestands, Barronett Blinds, Yardbird Chicken Pluckers, and Fusion Drill Powered Tools.

 

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for providing support in our growing hunting, camping categories and other soft goods product development. The purpose of this position is in the design, illustration and technical aspects of our hunting blinds, camping tents, etc. Seeking a candidate who has a passion for creating high quality products in the outdoor sporting goods market. Key focus of this position includes leading and managing a team of Technical Designers in addition to working closely with Engineers and related team members. Manage project scope based on goals for new product development and customer or market needs. High levels of effective communication with management and suppliers is a must.

Job Duties:

 

  • Create/illustrate technical drawings for hunting blinds, camping categories and other soft goods product development using Adobe Illustrator
  • Create and maintain product standards, tech packs and Bill of Materials to production ready
  • Review Proto/R&D samples for accuracy, make corrections if needed and update documentation. Ensure products are consistent with quality requirements.
  • Maintain daily communication with vendors, including charts, logs, etc. - providing direction to suppliers
  • Effectively communicate project status updates to management
  • Responsible for developing a quality product. Assist quality team in root cause analysis and finding solutions
  • Lead initiatives to design/develop innovative product
  • Manage and organize samples for photography, meetings and presentations as needed
  • Keep informed about trends, technology, and competition
  • Mentor, coach, train and lead a team of direct reports
  • Conducts and insures goal setting/completion and the completion of performance reviews
  • Manage the team and technical design process
  • Provide backup support for the Director of Product Development
  • Potential travel to Overseas suppliers to assist in the development of new products, build relationships, support production, and meet shipping schedule when needed.

 

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Proficient in the use of Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Adobe Illustrator
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint)
  • Detail oriented and strong time management and organization skills
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
  • Advanced knowledge of technical specification packet creation and technical writing
  • Sewn products quality expertise: fit, stitches, seams, textiles, construction, etc.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload from multiple projects
  • Hard work ethic and the ability to take on responsibility, adapt to change and be self-directed
  • Strong problem solving and creative thinking skills - curious and open-minded, positive, and collaborative, comfortable with critique

 

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design, Industrial Design, or related field.
  • 5-8+ years product design and product development experience, working with overseas suppliers
  • 3+ years Management Experience
  • Proven design and product management expertise
  • Experience and passion for the outdoors such as hunting, and camping is a plus

 

Benefits:

  • Healthcare (Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription)
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) with Employer Contributions
  • ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan)
  • Yearly Profit Sharing Bonus
  • 401k Plan
  • Paid Time Off, Holiday pay, Parental Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Group Term Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Account (Dependent)
  • Employee Discounts

 

Compensation: Salaried Position

Duration of Employment: Full Time

Work Days: Monday – Friday

Hours / Day: 8

Worksite Location: Cumberland, WI  (onsite, not remote)

Work Shift: First Shift

Travel: 10% travel may be required including potential overseas travel

Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds.

To Apply:  https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=4740323

 

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