Senior Art Director- Hardlines / Product Design

Los Angeles, California | Freelance | Job ID #47360 |
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Onward Search's client, an online retail company, is seeking a Sr. Art Director for a temp to perm opportunity. You will lead the creative curation of 2-3 product lines covering Anime, Sports, and Gaming along with the following skills and requirements.


  • Lead the creative curation of 2-3 product lines covering Anime, Sports, and Gaming.
  • Curation predominantly involves strategic thinking, theme ideation, assortment proposals, product development, and print design.
  • Working hands-on to develop original products from concept through manufacturing able to translate customer and trend data into product assortments.
  • Leverage insights and data to deliver a positive customer experience through thoughtful product curation.
  • Partner with Brand Managers to establish themes that balance business needs with customer expectations, and licensor parameters going through the necessary approval process.
  • Identify which products to source and which to develop.
  • Initiate and oversee the concept, development, and delivery of all original, unique designed product, across categories.
  • Understand logistical expectations and challenges of product development, to ensure on-time delivery of crates.
  • Establish and oversee the execution of corrugate and inserts.
  • Share and communicate creative goals with internal partner teams and senior management team.


  • 7-10 years of creative experience in a related field such as brand design, product development and design, consumer products, print design, creative agency, etc.
  • 5+ years of experience in managing product ideation and development.
  • 5+ years experience in managing a team of at least 2-3 people.
  • Trained in design thinking and product development ideally with hardline products.
  • Skilled in strategic thinking, as both a creative lead and creative partner with a business lead.
  • Up-to-date with product trends and keen knowledge of the pop-culture space.
  • Capable of clear and effective communication and presentation skills with licensors, colleagues, and vendors.
  • Possess sketching and technical design skills.
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, creative environment with limited oversight.
  • Best culture fit is people who are flexible, open to learning new things, curious, confident, and incredibly collaborative.


  • Strong personal interest and knowledge of Japanese pop-culture brands, Anime and Manga general pop-culture.
  • Experience working in the realm of Anime, Manga or general Japanese pop culture is a plus.
  • Experience working with Japanese product licensors is a plus, plus.


  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
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