Design Director

Background

Prime Studio is an award-winning Product + Brand design agency based in Midtown NYC. We’re a small team with big ideas. Our insights and thinking have been trusted since 1998 by some of the best companies and most talked-about brands. Some of our notable recent clients include Care/of, Field Company, Hanni, Henkel, Our Place, Saveur and Welly.


We’re in the business of design. We design for the real world, with real people in mind and the brand at the center. For us, success is seeing our clients’ products on the shelves and in the hands of users.


We love what we do. We value our clients. We embrace a good challenge.

What we're looking for

We work in a wide variety of markets including housewares, travel, personal care, fashion and consumer products and our worldwide roster of clients range from multi-national FMCG companies to disruptive startups so you should have a varied design background and strong concept, creation, craft and presentation skills. Our work tends to be physically based in nature so a background in industrial design is preferred,


A key part of this role is to inspire and lead the creative team so demonstrable team leadership and motivation skills are absolutely essential. In addition this is a highly visible outward facing role so you should be comfortable in managing client relationships and driving new business opportunities with current or new clients.


Great communication skills - you will be leading complex projects with heavy hitter clients so you should be proficient in articulating the business reasons for a design direction as well as the creative ones.


An understanding of how to take projects from inception through completion. The job requires strategic thinking, visionary storytelling and an understanding of a variety of manufacturing processes and materials.


You should have your finger on the pulse of trends in fashion, personal care and technology and a strong knowledge and interest in the startup scene.

You should have

12+ years of agency experience.


A wide ranging portfolio with proven experience in Industrial Design, Graphics and Brand Development.


Top-notch Solidworks skills and a deep understanding of the nuances of DFM. We work with our clients all the way through product launch so you must be well-versed in liaising with vendors throughout the development process to ensure our desired design intent and quality standards are met.


Experience in project planning and estimating project resource needs for proposals and resourcing.


A Bachelors or Masters degree in Industrial design or a closely related discipline.


Currently we are working 3 days a week (Tues/Wed/Thurs) in our midtown studio and are remote on Mondays and Fridays (optional). This is not a remote position so the ability to work with the team in person at our studio is required.

What’s in it for you

You’ll partner with global clients and exciting, disruptive startups and lead the design process from start to launch, working on a wide variety of projects across multiple categories and disciplines. 


As a strong personality you’ll manage client relationships and have a big influence in new business meetings.


You’ll be integral in defining the future of Prime Studio both by helping identify and close new business opportunities but also by being a key mentor to our creative team and actively involved in recruiting top talent.


You’ll be working for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your dream and push creative boundaries, elevating every brand and project put in front of you.

Compensation

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and role fit.


We offer a 401K retirement plan with automatic 3% safe harbor contributions from Prime Studio.


We have a tiered healthcare plan to allow you to choose the plan that best for your needs.


We have a generous vacation policy.

If this sounds like an opportunity that has you excited then we'd love to hear from you.

Please submit your application to designdirectorrole@primestudio.com which should include your resume, portfolio highlights (including your role in the project), an explanation of why you think you'd be a good fit for this position and your vision for it. Please also include your desired salary range.

We look forward to hearing from you.