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Creative Plush Designer

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Posh Paws/Whitehouse Leisure
Essex, UK


Whitehouse Leisure Group is the leading manufacturer of licensed plush products to the leisure and retail market with extensive product distribution throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Managing a large number of licenses brands including Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Despicable Me, Trolls, Shopkins and much more. Currently looking for a creative designer, specialising in plush design, to join the product development team.


Creative Plush Designer

Role Objectives

To progress projects from initial concept designs through to production – responsible for creating visuals and overlays and working closely with licensors and the team based in China to manage the approvals process.


Primary Skills Primary Skills

  • Ability to think creatively with strong 2D and 3D drawing and design skills
  • Good organizational skills and a methodical approach to projects
  • Ability to multi-task across several ongoing projects
  • Fully conversant with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Ability to sketch and present concepts/ideas to senior management
  • Basic understanding of plush manufacturing processes and cost restraints to effectively manage expectations of licensors creative department
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving capabilities
  • Knowledge of products within the leisure and retail toy industry
  • A strong interest in social and cultural trends and fashions
  • An ability to build and maintain working relationships with colleagues both internally and externally
  • Good time management and the ability to work to tight deadlines


Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree qualification essential – either design or a related field preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a similar role
  • Experience managing projects and designing products through to manufacture used to develop initial concept sculpts


General Responsibilities

  • Administer the plush development concept to final product approval
  • Interpretation of style guides to create vector designs and full turnaround artworks to be used to create initial concept sculpts
  • Creation of packaging artworks through to final print
  • Submissions of artworks, concept, pre-production and final sample sculpts to licensors on-line portal
  • Monitoring approvals and providing feedback and guidance to the team in China
  • Solving design issues regarding form and general appearance to the satisfaction of all parties
  • Creating generic plush designs to formulate an in-house IP design portfolio
  • Follow electronic and physical filing and sample archive procedures
  • Working closely with marketing teams to create advertisements, brochures, trade publications etc. of finished articles


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