Senior Character Designer / Illustrator – Girls Toys

Derby Management - Attleboro, MA (30+ days ago)


Title: Senior Character Designer / Illustrator – Girls Toys

Company: Large Designer and Distributor of Consumer Products

Location: South of Boston, Massachusetts

Geography: North America

About our Client

Headquartered in Massachusetts, South of Boston, near major highways; our client is a large distributor that thrives on innovation. With thousands of customers, we are a leading designer, importer, and wholesale distributor of Consumer Products.

The company is a high- volume distributor, located in a state- of- the- art facility that houses a large warehouse, sales group, design department, logistics, administration and customer service.

Derby Management is coordinating the search process for this position. DO NOT SEND RESUMES DIRECTLY TO DERBY MANAGEMENT. PLEASE APPLY ON INDEED FOR CONSIDERATION.

Our client recognizes that their past and future success is directly related to the quality of their people. Through careful selection, they identify individuals who possess the ability, desire and dedication to grow with us.

The company is privately owned and has grown to be a dominant player in each industry segment.

You are a good match if…..

IF colleagues acknowledge you are a superstar due to your ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness; then we definitely should talk.

IF you possess an Extraordinary ability to create traditional 2D art and know when to work quickly to generate conceptual ideas and when to slow down and polish an image for public consumption.

IF you have extensive knowledge of Girls toy categories including: manufacturing techniques, materials & technologies

IF you are a passionate, exceptional, multi-faceted toy Illustrator with digital and hand illustration skills that can create visually professional and creative characters; then we’re looking for you.

IF you are a designer/illustrator with a keen understanding of human and creature anatomy. You can show us examples to prove you know how to stylize girls toys to create compelling and memorable characters with feeling and emotion.

IF you are looking to make a creative impact with a rapidly growing team; then apply today by sending your resume and samples of your creative work:

  • Three or more samples of character illustrations that you have created
  • Other graphic design work showcasing your particular talents
  • Please submit a link with your resume or a PDF, but no more than 3MB

Short Description

Seeking a Senior Character Designer / Illustrator – Girls Toys with proven experience leading hardlines product design development from concept idea through production working with internal teams and licensees.

The candidate should be well versed in market trends, especially in toys and fashion, have an excellent aesthetic understanding, and a high level of ingenuity and creativity

We are looking for that strong visual artist who can work in a wide range of styles and can come up with new innovative ones as well. The ideal candidate embraces challenge and growth, and thrives in a team environment where they will be asked to contribute to projects involving illustration, packaging and graphic design.

Why is our client a great career move?

If you would like to work for a company where your creative skills are essential to success, and your proven past successes are appreciated and valued, then please read further.

The Product Design department should be highly respected for their ability to quickly solve product issues and concern, and committing to “making it happen” and initiating follow-through. The business result of these efforts is a great new product acceptance and rapid response to market trends

The company has experienced steady growth for three decades. The company is profitable, competes in very stable industries and mature markets, and the founder absolutely respects talent and effort.

Lastly, if you feel your advice and recommendations were not encouraged in past assignments, this position is different as it reports to the Director of Product Design who believes your assessment of customers, products, and market developments is essential information to run the business profitably.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Seeks out and applies knowledge of new, competitive trends and innovation in marketplace.
  • Translates new concepts into marketable, saleable products and product lines.
  • Leads and oversees product design each quarter across all girls toys.
  • Recommends creative ideas and products to build new and extend existing product lines.
  • Assists in product development at all stages.
  • Finalizes illustrations for packaging application.
  • Works with factory color call outs, art work applications, and sculpt direction.
  • Helps create trend inspiration boards for meetings and customers.
  • Manages design activities for multiple categories and numerous franchises.
  • Develops creative strategies and design vision for product lines.
  • Organizes and update Design sketch & trend boards for use and reference at all times.
  • Ensures projects are completed with the highest quality and within the designated time line.


Creative Skills

  • Highly perceptive and talented at drawing.
  • Emphasis on the ability to do hand drawings
  • Creativity and consistency with style.
  • Excellent eye for color, proportion and (camera) perspective.
  • Need skills in composition, lighting, form, anatomy, eye flow, contrast, and color theory
  • Ability to draw people, animals, plants, architecture and more with or without reference.
  • Ability to create works with different mediums and in different styles.
  • Proficient at product design drawing and strong sketching and concepting skills.
  • Draw and build a product story around a trend theme.
  • Ability to maintain cohesive and consistent representation from concept to final product.
  • Extremely proficient with Adobe Creative Suite, primarily Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task across several ongoing projects.
  • Fun, creative and insightful, and not afraid to share your opinion.

Department Skills

  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task across several ongoing projects.
  • Must have excellent listening and communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills.


  • Extremely proficient with Adobe Creative Suite, primarily Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop as well as Sketch


  • Bachelors degree in Industrial Design, Toy Design, Product Design, Concept Art, Illustration, Animation or Related Field
  • Eight or more years’ experience in professional Graphic Design/Illustration.
  • Strong portfolio demonstrating artistic creativity, concept innovation; technical knowledge, and visually appealing imagery
  • Outstanding Illustration output with character design or comics
  • Experience with managing project timelines and product quality.
  • Experience working collaboratively with all levels of designers and copywriters.
  • Proven attention to detail and accuracy with the ability to self-manage time and output
  • Demonstrated design skills with respect to design trends and product packaging
  • Working understanding of materials for both softgoods and hardgoods (plastics, fabrics, etc.)
  • Professional or project experience in illustration and/or proficiency with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.


  • New product innovations that were big revenue successes
  • You might have some experience working with 3D modeling programs like Zbrush to quickly get your ideas out there to get the job done.


  • Ability to conceptualize across a broad range of aesthetics and styles, and visualize in 3 dimensions.
  • Target-oriented, self-reliant work ethic, adherence to deadlines and quality consciousness.
  • Receptive to critique.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Efficient - tackling problems in a timely manner
  • Independently resourceful - researching solutions with minimal supervision
  • Organized - able to keep track of multiple concurrent projects
  • Creative - thinking "outside the box" for optimal solutions to difficult problems
  • Fast learner - adapting to new methodologies with minimal coaching
  • Humble – giving and receiving criticism with a graceful spirit
  • Keen trend awareness.
  • Strong fashion and creative ability.
  • Fun and insightful, and not afraid to share your opinion.

Travel Requirements: Minimal

This position is full-time and in-house. Remote working is not a possibility


Job Type: Full-time


  • Toy design: 8 years (Preferred)