Lead Product Designer

Want to be a part of something awesome? Be part of a team working in one of the most innovative, exciting retail spaces in the country. JOANN has become more than a place where people buy fabric and crafts; it's a place where people come together to celebrate making things with their hands, hearts, and minds. Every day, we strive to inspire creativity in ourselves and our customers. Join us in having courage, cleverness and passion as we help people find their happy place.
The Lead Product Designer is a senior level position requiring mastery in Graphic Design, Illustration and Product Development. The Lead Product Designer sets the aesthetic direction for assigned segments of JOANN private brand product offerings. The Lead Product Designer is responsible for initial concept/planning phase of development through refinement and/or preparation of designs for reproduction using a wide variety of techniques, styles, and subject matter knowledge. The Lead Product Designer uses drawing, design and typographic skills to produce strong, salable product content for JOANN. The Lead Product Designer combines excellence in conceptualizing and illustration/ graphic design with a thorough understanding of the JOANN product offerings and how the designs translate into sales. The Lead Product Designer balances functional expertise with business acumen - contributing broadly to the organizational goals.
Creates product designs for seasonal/everyday programs and/or collections for JOANN Stores. Makes design decisions and creates product concepts, prints, patterns, and icons from Line Lists. Creates seasonal product tech packs/style guides as necessary for production.
Creates and shares category specific trends with cross-functional teams as well as suppliers defining the direction the high level direction the assortments will be built against.
Acts as a design subject matter expert - teaching and mentoring other designers.
Conducts art reviews during the development process gaining sign off from Merchants in order to successfully achieve the key development milestones.
Communicates clearly and efficiently with outside design resources, agents, and suppliers.
Organizes and maintains digital asset library.
Education Requirements
Preferred: 4 Year / Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, Business Management or Fashion Merchandising.
Required: 4-6 years experience in product design or graphic design or related creative role.
Preferred: Experience applying own work to a product.
Core Competencies
Solid understanding of design application to product; Ability to research, analyze, and create Trend documents; Collaborative; Completes work with minimal supervision; High level of expertise on design platforms; Willingness to accept and apply feedback.
Potential Domestic and/or International Travel
Skills or Certifications
Skills in Macintosh environment
Well-versed in Adobe Creative Suite
Excellent typographical design skills
Strong oral and written communication skills
Our company is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. This job summary is intended to be brief and does not list all the duties for this position. Nothing in this job description should be construed as an express or implied contract of employment. Jo-Ann Stores, LLC. is an at-will employer, which means that your employment may be terminated by the Company or yourself with or without notice or cause unless the at-will arrangement is modified by a written agreement signed by both you and the Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

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