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Manager, Industrial Design

Company: The J. M. Smucker Company
Location: Akron
Posted on: May 16, 2020

Job Description:

The J.M. Smucker Company has a unique culture rooted in our Basic Beliefs, strengthened by Our Commitment to Each Other and perpetuated by the creation of an environment that leads to the continued growth of our employees.

Inspired by more than 120 years of business success and five generations of family leadership, The J. M. Smucker Company makes food that people and pets love. The Company s portfolio of 40+ brands, which are found in 90 percent of U.S. homes and countless restaurants, includes iconic products consumers have always loved such as Folgers , Jif and Milk-Bone plus new favorites like Caf Bustelo , Smucker s Uncrustables and Rachael Ray Nutrish . Over the past two decades, the Company has grown rapidly by thoughtfully acquiring leading and emerging brands, while ensuring the business has a positive impact on its 7,000+ employees, the communities it is a part of and the planet. For more information about The J. M. Smucker Company, visit https://jmsmucker.com.


Manager, Industrial Design


Orrville, OH


Director, Creative Services


The Industrial Designer is responsible for partnering closely with Design Managers, Innovation, R&D Packaging Development, Growth Insights and external agencies to build increased continuity between graphic and structural design. This role works upstream in the Innovation process, supporting the ideation of new forms and products and the overall translation of human centric design. Responsibilities include rapid 3D prototyping, sketching, concept rendering, and active participation/iteration in consumer research. This role supports all strategic business areas, leveraging Design Thinking, problem solving skills and storytelling to create compelling ideas and continuously refine based on consumer input, technical feasibility and understanding of our brands visual identity.


* Provide overall design leadership in the upstream Discovery process, partnering closely with R&D/packaging development, Innovation, Sr. Design Managers, Growth Insights and outside agencies.

* Develop protocepts (3D and 2D) for internal evaluation and stimulus for consumer learning; participate in qualitative research and internal ideation sessions where ongoing iteration is required

* Provide ongoing support across Coffee, Consumer & Pet Innovation and Packaging Development teams in idea creation, sketching, and rapid prototyping.

* Facilitate design reviews, bringing together key internal stakeholders to evaluate concepts and design territories; flow to work on broader graphic design projects as needed

* Evaluate and recommend tools and technology that enhance team s overall agility in the end to end design process

* Flow to work, supporting package design initiatives with external partners as needed



* Bachelor's degree required; BA/BS in Industrial Design preferred


* 10+ years industrial design management experience

* Experience leading industrial design projects for National or Global brands

* PC and MAC proficient with Microsoft Office; working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, CAD, and 3D packaging tools/technologies

* Agency experience preferred


* Excellent verbal and written communication skills

* Self-starter with proven ability to multi-task

* Ability to work with people at all levels within/outside JMS

* Excellent communication skills

* Drawing skills and ability to storytell through Design

* Critical thinker, problem solver, idea builder

* Excellent presentation skills

* Experience in CPG project management

* Willingness to travel



The J. M. Smucker Company (the Company ) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No person will be discriminated against in hiring or in any other aspect of their employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, marital status, familial status, disability, genetic information, protected veteran/military status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Keywords: The J. M. Smucker Company, Akron , Manager, Industrial Design, Executive , Akron, Ohio

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