Armadillo Rugs | Work for a global brand | Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, LA, NYC

Senior Product Designer – NSW Australia

About Us

Armadillo is a truly sustainable company – for the good of the world we live in and all who journey with us. Our rugs lie lightly on this earth.

Founded in 2009 we are an Australian born company, with showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

Our rugs are handcrafted by artisans in India, Nepal and Turkey using natural materials and energy-efficient processes, designed to counteract today’s throwaway culture and stand the test of time. As a certified B Corp, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of sustainability, social responsibility and transparency.

To us, giving back is the only way forward. We donate 10% of net profits from each rug sold to The Armadillo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of our business, which is dedicated to improving lives in underprivileged communities through education, health care and environmental initiatives.

How We Work

As a purpose-driven company, guided by integrity, Armadillo is committed to cultivating the very best talents in their fields. Our workplace is open and inclusive, valuing teamwork and collaboration as well as celebrating individual strengths. We are committed to each other, our work and the wider community – and our hope is to be joined by those who are enthusiastic not just about what we do, but why we do it.

About the Role

We are seeking a talented Senior Product Designer to join our team in Sydney, based in our Surry Hills Showroom/Head Office. Reporting to our Managing Director, this part-time role (three days per week) is responsible for designing and developing our handmade rugs, managing the product life cycle, and collaborating with our Product and Design Coordinator. Specifically:

Key Tasks – Design

  • Set creative briefs and design direction, and translate design briefs into inspired/innovative design content that aligns with the overarching brand design direction
  • Present concepts and products to Directors for review and approval
  • Explore, source and select appropriate fibres for development
  • Drive creative reviews of work in progress
  • Sketching/illustrating/storyboarding/referencing/CADs
  • Collection creative direction and product designs
  • Analyse product mix and product life cycle (i.e. discontinuing product)
  • Approve custom design enquiries from the Sales team
  • Ensure styles are in line with product matrix and channels
  • Complete competitor analysis
  • Attend international sourcing fairs and production trips

Key Tasks – Product Management

  • Approve all final production sample before supplier production commences
  • Develop, implement and conduct appropriate training to internal staff and agents/distributors
  • Supervise the negotiation and confirmation of all products
  • Build strong and genuine relationships with overseas suppliers to maintain and reflect our brand values
  • Maintain the Company’s best production practices with suppliers (e.g. yarn sourcing, dyeing, weaving, finishing)
  • Ensure all products meet high quality standards (Quality Control)
  • Provide Demand Planner with projections for most popular colours on new products and comparable products in existing ranges

About You

You will be a passionate designer who demonstrates a high level of personal motivation, with solid knowledge and experience across production and textiles. This role is creative so we need someone who can conceptualize and deliver beautiful products, as well as contribute new and innovative ideas to improve the way we work. You will bring to the role:

  • 8 years+ experience as a product/textile designer
  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills
  • A flexible approach to work
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign)
  • A reputation as a self-motivated individual with a professional, enthusiastic and can-do attitude
  • The ability to align with the brand’s aesthetic

Our people have made Armadillo the brand it is today and as such, we have created a supportive and stimulating environment that nurtures the personal and professional growth of employees at all levels. We embrace fair workplace practices, equal employment opportunity, cultural diversity, and health and wellbeing. We also proudly offer our employees:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • An Employee Assistance Program
  • An annual career development fund
  • A health & wellbeing allowance
  • Additional leave days for community volunteering
  • Generous staff discounts

If you are looking for the opportunity to evolve your career with a successful global and ethical business, we encourage you to apply now. Please submit the following to Dee at careers@armadillo-co.com.

  • Your resume; and
  • A one-paragraph bio about who you are and what makes you jump out of bed in the morning.

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