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Associate Product Designer - PetSmart

This position is responsible for supporting the Product Design Director in conceptualizing and executing seasonal themes and core collections. This role requires enthusiasm, fresh thinking and a unique perspective. Also, key to this role is a positive attitude, ability to receive feedback and love of learning. Entry level candidates encouraged to apply.


  • Participates in development of seasonal and core product direction
  • Supports Product Designer in creating, and executing final designs
  • Assist and contribute in all phases of a project, from initial exploratory through project release as needed.
  • Assist in creating design specifications and finalizes artwork for hand-off to the product development team.
  • Works with Product Designer to create, concept, and design options for their category
  • Updates concept boards and assist Design team in preparing for presentations
  • Researches trends and patterns for upcoming seasons, and assist in creating original prints, patterns, and graphics
  • Assist in developing key seasonal direction for items, fabrics, and trims
  • Collaborates with cross-functional partners, including product development, buying, brand, and legal
  • Attends and participates in weekly design meetings
  • Travel: Up to 5% including domestic trips

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Product Design, Graphic Design, or related field.
  • Requires proficiency typically obtained with 3+ years progressive design experience in a retail, manufacturing, or comparable environment.
  • Experience in designing apparel, accessories, home goods, cut and sew soft goods, and toys.
  • Knowledge of basic manufacturing methods in a variety of materials is a plus.
  • Knowledge of fabrics and garment construction a plus
  • Experience in designing and modifying prints, patterns and graphics
  • Intermediate mastery of design skills/concepts
  • Knowledge and experience in creating, and updating tech packs and detail/ technical sketches

Technical Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate information
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and knowledge in retail market trends
  • Must be able to work in fast paced environment, where priorities can change quickly.
  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • 3d Rendering and CAD modeling experience is a plus
  • Experience in creating and editing product illustrations and technical flats
  • Must be able to produce work in a collaborative, team environment
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects and deadlines at once.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.
  • Portfolio of work samples will be required.
  • Hand sketching and visual presentation skills are required.

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