Director, Product Design

| Los Angeles, CA, USA
Employer Provided Salary: $165,000-$185,000 Annually
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Who We Are:
WHY Brands Inc., a parent company of Munchkin and Curio Home Goods , focuses on creating, incubating, and growing the next generation of consumer lifestyle brands. Founded in 1990, Munchkin is the leading consumer product company and most loved baby lifestyle brand behind the innovative gear and products for children, mothers and caregivers. Munchkin has sold billions of dollars of products through our key retail partners: Target, Walmart, and Amazon and has global distribution in over 50 countries. Curio, a premium brand of curated collections of home goods, launched in 2023. WHY's vision is to establish an expanding portfolio of innovative businesses that align with its commitment to inventive product design. With over 320+ patents under our belt, we continue to create solutions that leave our customers asking, "how did I ever live without this?" Recognized as #8 on America's Most Innovative Companies list by Fortune Magazine, innovation is the core of our company DNA and has been driving our designs for 30 years!
We lead with our core values and believe that investing in the community is our responsibility. We create opportunities for every child's potential and well-being through the Radiant Colors program, work to create a sustainable future, and in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare have committed to animal conservation. Not only were we honored by LA Business Journal as The Most Sustainable Company of 2022, we were also humbled to be
honored on the 2023 Fast Company's
annual "Brands That Matter" list.
There is no better time than now to join WHY Brands as we embark on our next and biggest growth journey and you could be the next influential leader to play a key role in driving enormous customer-centered value and rapid growth.
What You'll Do:
The Director of Product Design leads new product strategy and enhancements for a new line of modern consumer products. Reporting to the VP of Product Development and Design, you'll lead a team of designers to identify new opportunities, translate those opportunities into product requirements and partner with a top-notch team of designers, engineers, developers, and operation teams to create new products & features.

  • Drive the product strategy and roadmap, leading a team of designers to ensure we achieve our short-term and long-term goals
  • Responsible for ensuring product design is consistent with market trends, business strategy and ensures product quality and efficacy
  • Develop and bring to market new and innovative products
  • Evaluate, analyze, and make recommendations on products, designs, and cost improvements to improve the competitive position of the product and relays this information internally and to overseas operations
  • Assist in creating detailed project plans and assures that the group and each individual has a clear set of goals and objectives
  • Assure that the established goals for Product Development team are accomplished on time and within budget. Any unavoidable exceptions are communicated effectively and timely
  • Reports progress against goals and schedules
  • Assist in formulating budgets. Monitor, control, correct and report expenditures versus approved budget
  • Meets managerial requirements related to Quality Systems and Design Control as well as any other requirement specifically designated by corporate or site policies or procedures. Assures that appropriate steps are taken to identify, prioritize and address quality problems
  • Provides technical leadership and acts as a consultant to Product Development group members
  • Assures that every group member establishes and maintains the technical skill level required to execute the Product Development programs
  • Build a strong relationship with Asia team to ensure smooth transfer of information and proper execution of product design
  • Have a strong sense of manufacturability to streamline the design process
  • Other duties may be assigned


Bring It!

  • Bachelor's Degree in Design Engineering or related field (Electrical, Mechanical, etc.)
  • 10+ years of CPG product design experience with 3+ years of management experience. Experience with electronics and tech devices / components highly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple cross-functional projects
  • Knowledge across the whole process of developing products from the concept phase through to development, regulatory approval, production and launch
  • Business understanding and knowledge within the entire product lifecycle
  • In depth knowledge within the industry including quality requirements and regulatory requirements
  • Direct management experience with proven ability to train, teach and lead others
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skill. Experienced presenter in corporate context
  • Ability to improve situations with proactive problem solving skills and solution oriented negotiation skills


We Got You Covered!
As a Great Place to Work Certified™ company, we are committed to offering the best to our employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, vision, dental, prescription drug coverage, life insurance, AD&D, wellness benefits, generous employer-matched 401(k) plan, Paid Childcare Leave, among other benefit plans. Our total rewards are top of market and includes competitive salary, bonus and opportunities to earn equity. We invest and focus on supporting employee development and growth.
To give our people flexibility, we offer half-day Friday's all year around and provide annual weeklong global holiday closures, giving our people a chance to rest, recharge and spend time enjoying their passions outside of work.
We regularly hold social functions to foster a genuine camaraderie that enhances teamwork. At company-wide events, we take time to recognize the talent and dedication of our people.
Salary range: $165,000 - $185,000 (DOE)
To learn more, visit us at www.munchkin.com , www.curiohomegoods.com, and www.WHYBrands.com.
WHY Brands welcomes and values what makes everyone unique. We're proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit and business needs. We recruit, employ, train and promote regardless of race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other protected status.
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Location

Munchkin Headquarters are based in beautiful, sunny, Southern California, in the Los Angeles surrounding area of Van Nuys!

An Insider's view of Munchkin, Inc.

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I have been happily employed at Munchkin since June 2022. During your first few weeks, they schedule one on one Meet and Greets and allow you to contribute in ‘Snack baby’ which has you walk around the Company with a Vintage baby carriage filled with delicious snacks and is a great way to get to know your fellow Munchkineers!

Kim Lapage

Project Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

At Munchkin, the teams are supportive and collaborative which makes for a great working environment. As a Brand Manager, I get to not only manage my categories as if they were my own business, but I also get to ideate and work on innovative products to make parent’s live easier and babies lives more fun! At Munchkin we are all collaborators.

Nazneen Motiwala

Brand Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Since beginning my career at Munchkin 11 years ago, the company has continually provided me with opportunities to encourage my career growth. I began in the Order Management Department supporting the Sales Teams and transferred to a new role as Senior Costing Analyst. I am truly thankful to be supported in my career goals at Munchkin!

Anya Schultz

Senior Costing Analyst

What are Munchkin, Inc. Perks + Benefits

Munchkin, Inc. Benefits Overview

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, vision and dental coverage, wellness, an employer-matched 401(k) plan, bonuses, employee stock purchase plan and much more depending on your role. We regularly hold social functions to foster a genuine camaraderie that enhances teamwork. At company-wide award functions, we take time to recognize the talent and dedication of the people who make Munchkin the most loved baby lifestyle brand in the world. We offer work-life balance benefits such as paid maternity and paternity leave and hybrid schedules! To learn more, visit us at www.munchkin.com.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Baby2Baby, HavestHome, Alexandria House, Havenwood, HK Federation of Womens Centres (Hong Kong), Give back to Hamilton (Canada), Leeds Baby Bank (United Kingdom)
Partners with nonprofits
UN Global Compact, IFAW, Project Orca, The Seedling Project, Radiant Colors, CHLA, Operation Gratitude, St. Joseph Center, Toy Industry Foundation, Toys for Tots and Valley Food Bank
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Quarterly engagement surveys
Hybrid work model
In-person all-hands meetings
We hold quarterly In-person Town halls for all US employees, led by our Executive Leadership team.
Employee awards
Flexible work schedule
Hybrid work environment, where an employee works in the office on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and remotely from home on Tuesday and Friday. We also provide annual weeklong global office closures!
Remote work program
To give our people flexibility, we offer hybrid work environment, where an employee works in the office on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and remotely from home on Tuesday and Friday.
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
E3 - Employer, Embrace & Enjoy- ERG dedicated to empowering women Hispanic/Latinx - ERG dedicated to Hispanic/Latinx employees
Hiring practices that promote diversity
We proudly partner with our diversity recruitment partners to provide hiring managers a diverse pool of talent.
Diversity recruitment program
Code Talk, through St. Joseph's Foundation Grow with Google Career Certificate Program Mogul employer, diversity recruiting global online platform,
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Offering both Dependent Care and Health Care FSA plans.
Disability insurance
100% employer paid Disability Insurance for all employees!
Dental insurance
100% employer paid Dental Insurance for all employees!
Vision insurance
100% employer paid Vision Insurance for all employees!
Health insurance
Full 100% employer paid Employee HMO Plans. Plus employer contribution in other plans.
Life insurance
Munchkin provides each eligible exempt employee with a company-paid Life & AD&D insurance policy. This benefit is 100% paid by the Company.
Pet insurance
We offer comprehensive voluntary pet insurance plan options. We go beyond what is expected through our Pet Adoption Program.
Wellness programs
“It’s the healthy things” is a program to support and promote employee health and wellness. We are proud to offer a variety of health and wellness programs, including on-site gym and fitness cl
Team workouts
On-site gym and on-site fitness classes
Mental health benefits
Therapy coverage, 24-hour Tele-doc services, Counseling Services
Wellness days
All our employees are eligible for accrued, personal time off, which increases with tenure.
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
Matching Contribution is dollar-for-dollar on amounts you contribute up to 4% of your eligible compensation, on a per payroll basis. You are always 100% fully vested!
401(K) matching
Matching Contribution is dollar-for-dollar on amounts you contribute up to 4% of your eligible compensation, on a per payroll basis.
Company equity
Yes!
Employee stock purchase plan
Performance bonus
Employees are eligible for annual performance bonuses, with target percentages based on roles.
Charitable contribution matching
Radiant Colors, Donors Choose
Pension
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
We host annual Bring Your Kid to Work Day and Bring your Dog to Work Day!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Employees are eligible for accrued, paid time off which increases with tenure!
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
We offer 6 days of sick pay for our employees.
Bereavement leave benefits
Company-wide vacation
We provide annual weeklong global office closures giving our people a chance to recharge.
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Unlimited Coffee bar and fountain drinks; weekly Snack Baby, led by our newest hire!
Company-sponsored happy hours
We love to celebrate! We regularly host employee breakfasts, happy hours, and Summer Musical events
Onsite office parking
Generous parking including several dozen, electric car charging stations.
Mother's room
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Customized learning paths for employees globally which include supporting job training, certifications, and attendance at industry leading conferences to enhance employee career development.
Lunch and learns
Lunch and learns offered to employees on topics such as Employee Equity Program or management coaching sessions.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Personal development training

Additional Perks + Benefits

Fast Company Brands that Matter Award

Recognized Employer of Choice!

3 National Parenting Product Award

2023 Fortune America’s Most Innovative Company award
https://fortune.com/ranking/americas-most-innovative-companies/

2023 Great Place to Work Certification
https://www.greatplacetowork.com/certified-company/7023913

CEO/Founder, Steve Dunn recognition as a Visionary in the annual C-Suite Magazine produced by the L.A. Times
https://www.latimes.com/2023-c-suite-trends-updates-and-the-cfo-leaders…

Brand Innovator Recognition of our CBO
https://www.brand-innovators.com/news/cmo-of-the-week-munchkin-curio-ho…

JPMA Innovation Award
https://www.jpma.org/page/2022-innovation-awards-winners

Munchkin Expands Partnership with IFAW; Becomes Primary Investor of "Room to Roam" Initiative to Lease Tens of Thousands of Acres of Land In Africa to Protect Elephants
ohttps://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230808610371/en/Munchkin-Expan…
ohttps://apnews.com/press-release/business-wire/elephants-financial-serv…

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