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Staff Product Designer

El Segundo, CA


 It’s our heritage and it’s also our future. Because we don’t just make toys. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire fans, entertain audiences and develop children through play. Mattel is at its best when every member of our team feels respected, included, and heard—when everyone can show up as themselves and do their best work every day. We value and share an infinite range of ideas and voices that evolve and broaden our perspectives with a reach that extends into all our brands, partners, and suppliers.

Mattel is seeking an experienced and self-motivated Staff Product Designer to join its Action Figures design team. The group is focused on creating new product opportunities for the Action Figures division; by understanding the consumer, trends and innovation that are then translated into successful product.

This involves creating and communicating toy concepts in 2D and/or 3D models to design and marketing management. The ideal candidate will possess proven product design experience showing ability to work on challenging and fun products as well as ideating new concepts.

What Your Impact Will Be: 

  • Actively generate new opportunities to enhance the brand.
  • Execute on Product, Graphic, and Character Designs.
  • Design and develop playsets and action figures
  • Builds consensus between members throughout the design process.
  • Partner with Development Design, Engineering, Packaging and Cost Engineering to ensure product integrity and marketing objectives.
  • Daily communication with Asia partners.
  • Present and communicate their concepts to the internal design/marketing management and external licensor.
  • Manage design and development with other disciplines within the company including model makers, sculptors, as well as frequent approvals and interactions with licensors.

What We’re Looking For: 

  • Experience in play patterns, hot toy trends and quick prototyping.
  • Must be proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator and 2D computer programs.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Adobe Creative Suite proficiency.
  • Knowledge of material and manufacturing process.
  • Ability to work autonomously and in a team environment.
  • Ability to project manage and problem solve.
  • Ideal candidate will exhibit interest and knowledge of the current toy trends.
  • Portfolio demonstrating strong design excellence.
  • Artistic and passionate about 'Play'.
  • Self-motivated, efficient, proactive and organized.
  • Professional maturity and the ability to assimilate constructive criticism.
  • Embraces a hybrid workplace, works well both virtually as well as in person.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Product Design, Toy Design or related field
  • 7+ years professional Toy Design experience
  • Must include link to online portfolio
  • Demonstrated a growth mindset by staying curious and continuously learning, embracing challenges, and improving themselves.

Don’t meet every single requirement? At Mattel we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

How We Work:

We are a purpose driven company aiming to empower generations to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential. We live up to our purpose employing the following behaviors:

  • We collaborate:
  •  Being a part of Mattel means being part of one team with shared values and common goals. Every person counts and working closely together always brings better results. Partnership is our process and our collective capabilities is our superpower.
  • We innovate:
  •  At Mattel we always aim to find new and better ways to create innovative products and experiences. No matter where you work in the organization, you can always make a difference and have real impact. We welcome new ideas and value new initiatives that challenge conventional thinking.
  • We execute:
  •  We are a performance-driven company. We strive for excellence and are focused on pursuing best-in-class outcomes. We believe in accountability and ownership and know that our people are at their best when they are empowered to create and deliver results.

Our Approach to Flexible Work:

We embrace a flexible work model designed to empower a culture of growth, optimism, and wellbeing, where every employee can reach their full potential. Combining purposeful in-person collaboration with flexibility, our focus is to optimize performance and drive connection for moments that matter.

Who We Are:

Mattel is a leading global toy and family entertainment company and owner of one of the most iconic brand portfolios in the world. We engage consumers and fans through our franchise brands, including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, American Girl, Thomas & Friends, UNO, Masters of the Universe, Matchbox, Monster High, MEGA and Polly Pocket, as well as other popular properties that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include toys, content, consumer products, digital and live experiences. Our products are sold in more than 195 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and ecommerce companies.

Mattel is recognized as a Great Place to Work™ and as one of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators in 2022.

Mattel is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer where we want you to bring your authentic self to work every day. We welcome all job seekers including minorities, females, veterans, military spouses, individuals with disabilities, and those of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

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