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Jobs @ ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek is hiring! w00t! Open positions are detailed below. Don't be shy, if you've got the skills and want to work hard and have fun with a bunch of geeks and their dogs, we want to hear from you!

Current Open Positions

    Art Director

    SUMMARY

    The successful Art Director (AD) will have excellent knowledge of Geek culture and be passionate about product design, style, and packaging and is responsible for the overall art function, leading a team of designers in support of the Geek Labs internal development group.  This group invents, designs, and manufactures custom products in dozens of categories of consumer products across multiple licenses including Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Minecraft, Marvel, etc.  In addition to leading the team of designers, the AD will also be responsible for personal design work such as creating package designs for custom products, doing sketches and illustrations of possible designs for plastic toy products and creating decals or artwork to be applied to custom products.

    ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES*

    • Establish conceptual and stylistic direction for the design team, production artists, and graphic designers
    • Manage and take responsibility for simultaneous projects from inception to completion; review project plans, designs, and final deliverables
    • Oversee creative department team leaders to ensure that all delivered work is of the highest quality
    • Define and execute concept direction and brand strategy by contributing new product ideas, enabling and inspiring those around you
    • Oversee work of photographers, illustrators, prepress technicians, printers and anyone else who is involved in the development of a project
    • Maintain package and artwork version control to ensure correct usage in manufacturing runs
    • Develop and mentor a tight knit team of high-performers under possibly difficult deadlines
    • Work with the safety and compliance group to ensure proper package labeling
    • Drive outstanding business results by actively building the Art Team member’s capabilities though providing relevant, timely,balanced feedback; mentoring, coaching, and teaching; identifying, tracking, and reporting constructive, meaningful performance/progress criticism

    RELATED COMPETENCIES

    • Ability to work under demanding time constraints and production goals
    • Proficient project planning skills, including the ability to organize, prioritize and control job responsibilities in order to meet deadlines in an environment with overlapping and potentially conflicting priorities
    • Ability to mentor a team of designers to support all graphic design needs for the GeekLabs department

    BASIC AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE)

    • 5-8 years of successful artistic design experience with two of 2 of these in developing and leading and managing a team of graphic artists
    • Must have exceptional leadership abilities, including coaching and mentoring, effective communication skills, and strong team-building know-how
    • Degree in graphic design or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Ability to manage a subset of artistic design projects in addition to managing the artistic team
    • Ability to communicate effectively with others, including the ability to provide clear, constructive feedback to team members
    • Ability to manage a subset of design projects in addition to directing the art team
    • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others while building working relationships in a manner acceptable to others and to the organization

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, JOB SKILLS, ABILITIES

    • Experience in Branding, Logo design, Digital photography,  photo retouching, and in catalog design and production
    • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others internally and externally
    • Expert proficiency in the Adobe suite including Illustrator, Photoshop and inDesign
    • Familiarity with Internet culture, gaming, comics, manga, D&D, sci-fi, etc.
    • Interest and knowledge of various geeky TV, movies and games a plus 
    • Ability to sketch an identifiable Boba Fett in < 60 seconds

    ThinkGeek Perks 

    Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees: 

    Comprehensive benefits plans
    Generous Paid Time Off Policy
    401(k) Plan with Company Match
    Gym Membership Subsidy
    Dog-friendly Office
    ThinkGeek Employee Discount

     

    About ThinkGeek

    Since 1999, ThinkGeek has been creating a world where everyone can express and celebrate their inner geek, turn their interests into passions, and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic experiences that stimulate our fans’ imaginations and fuel their geek core. We believe there is geek in everyone and invite you to… Join in. Geek out. 

    Geeknet, which owns and manages ThinkGeek.com and ThinkGeek Solutions, is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation or any other unlawful basis.

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    Director, Project Management

    SUMMARY

    The Director of Project Management is responsible for the overall project management function, providing leadership, coordination and management of all PM processes and functions including direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of GeekLabs projects.  This is accomplished through the selection, development, and building of a team of Project Managers in addition to directly managing one or more projects to ensure on-time delivery of products. 

     ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Develop and maintain consistent, effective, scalable, and repeatable project management plans and processes utilizing standard methodologies
    • Create project management plans including, but not limited to, defining project scope, goals and deliverables, identifying stakeholders and desired project outcomes, creating actionable objectives and timelines, securing resources, measuring and reporting on status to stakeholders as needed
    • Develop and provide metrics, analysis, guidance, and direction utilizing individual and aggregated project data to drive profitable, sustainable decisions, while building and fostering a culture of continuous improvement
    •  Monitor problems, solutions, budgets, resources, timelines, and quality control of projects.
    • Implement and manage changes and interventions, while tracking and reporting on progress of deliverables to stakeholders
    • Prepare project status, and issue reports. 
    • Analyze and report on project metrics and trends to ensure GeekLabs projects remain within budget, on schedule, and achieve excellent quality criteria. 
    • Understand and take responsibility for the project life-cycle of GeekLabs projects as well as managing US and oversees based vendor relationships
    • Drive outstanding business results by actively building the PM’s capability though relevant, timely balanced feedback; mentoring, coaching, and teaching.  Identify, track, and report meaningful performance/progress​

    BASIC AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE)

    •  8-10 years of successful PM experience in a commercial organization with 3-5 of these in developing and leading a successful PM team, including its establishment, development and growth
    • 3-5 years of commercial product development experience, especially in custom manufactured retail products is preferred
    • Must have exceptional leadership abilities, including coaching, mentoring, communication, and strong team-building know-how
    • Substantial experience with vendor relationship management
    • Bachelor’s degree in Project Management, Business Administration, Logistics, or a related discipline
    • Ability and willingness to manage a subset of projects in addition to managing Project Managers
    • Multilingual in English, Mandarin Chinese and /or Cantonese is desirable

    ThinkGeek Perks

    Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees:

    • Comprehensive benefits plans
    • Generous Paid Time Off Policy
    • 401(k) Plan with Company Match
    • Gym Membership Subsidy
    • Dog-friendly Office
    • ThinkGeek Employee Discount

     About ThinkGeek

    Since 1999, ThinkGeek has been creating a world where everyone can express and celebrate their inner geek, turn their interests into passions, and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic experiences that stimulate our fans’ imaginations and fuel their geek core. We believe there is geek in everyone and invite you to… Join in. Geek out.

    Geeknet, which owns and manages ThinkGeek.com and ThinkGeek Solutions, is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation or any other unlawful basis.

     

     

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    Licensing Specialist

    SUMMARY

    The ThinkGeek Overlords are seeking a Licensing Specialist!  This is a fantastic learning opportunity for you if you are eager to learn more about the brand licensing industry. Are you self-motivated?  Do you have the superhuman ability to organize, prioritize and control job responsibilities in order to meet deadlines in an environment with overlapping and potentially conflicting priorities?    If so, then this might just be the job for you!     

    In this mission, should you choose to accept it, you will be responsible for liaising with cross functional teams both internally as well as externally with licensors.  You must be knowledgeable about trending brands or celebrities in the TV, Movie, Video Game, or “Geek” eco-systems, or have prior experience in consumer products or working with leading entertainment licensors.

    ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Initiate research and make recommendations for new licenses or product categories
    • Work closely with Product Development teams to maintain visual line lists and send to licensors when required
    • Liaise with Finance to ensure on-time reporting of royalties on a quarterly basis
    • Field day-to-day inquiries from licensors including sample requests, forecast requests, and/or meeting requests
    • Coordinate sales forecasts/projections with Wholesale, Site Merchants, and Finance as applicable and report same to licensors on timely basis
    • Create and traffic internal reports such as contract summaries and license statuses through signature process· Work closely with Project Managers and Site Merchants to ensure SKU set up includes relevant contractual requirements for Royalty Rate, Territory Restrictions, and the like
    • Screen and respond to contacts from potential licensors, helping to distinguish which are viable leads and communicate to Director of Licensing
    • Assist with the planning and execution of special events such as pitch meetings, trade shows, and conferences
    • Organize & fulfill all contractual sample requirements pursuant to licensing agreements
    • Provide general administrative support (expenses, travel arrangements, etc.) as needed
    • Ability to travel to meetings, conferences, and trade shows when required (<10%)

    BASIC AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE)

    • BA/BS degree with 1-3 years of experience is preferred
    • Minimum 1 year experience in marketing, sales, customer service role required
    • Strong preference for candidates with experience working with top licensors (Disney, Warner Brothers, etc) or for a Consumer Products company
    • Knowledge of Product Development a plus

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, JOB SKILLS, ABILITIES

    • Excellent communication skills including the written and spoken word 
    • Possess the learning capacity to receive and apply cross-functional training; willingness to assist other functions and work groups as needed
    • Proficient presentation skills to present information to an audience of varying responsibility within the company effectively
    • Proficient knowledge of Windows-based business computers and Microsoft Office programs; specifically, Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project and Word
    • Proficient project planning skills, including the ability to organize, prioritize and control job responsibilities in order to meet deadlines in an environment with overlapping and potentially conflicting priorities
    • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing priorities with promptness, efficiency and ease
    • Proficient ability to read/comprehend complex displayed and/or printed statistical data/information and reports

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    Merchandiser & Product Buyer

    The ThinkGeek Overlords are seeking a Merchandiser & Buyer that will be responsible for the growth, profitability and overall awesomeosity of several product lines.  Tell us about your experience in purchasing licensed collectibles, toys, and apparel.  

    What we're looking for: 

    • Keenly adapted to assortment creation and product selection.
    • Processes a highly skilled and creative eye around trends
    • Source and buy products that support ThinkGeek’s unique, trend driven categories and assortments.
    • Passionate about and fully in tune to the concept of endless occasions to buy
    • Highly skilled in developing and growing vendor relationships
    • Keen ability to utilize metrics to predict, manage and reorder inventory.
    • Collaborate with our customer service, marketing and development staff on items related to your categories, assortments and product lines.

    Required:

    • College degree or equivalent
    • 4-6 years experience as product manager or buyer, preferably for toys, gadgets, apparel, consumer electronics, and licensed collectables.
    • Excellent person-to-person skills
    • Highly detail oriented and organized
    • Strong spreadsheet and word processing skills required
    • Strong computer and internet use skills
    • An understanding of Internet & Geek Culture.
    • Must be willing to play with a pile of gadgets and gizmos in the search for the perfect products for the site.

     

    ThinkGeek Perks:

    Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees: 

    Comprehensive benefits plans
    Generous Paid Time Off Policy
    401(k) Plan with Company Match
    Gym Membership Subsidy
    Dog-friendly Office
    ThinkGeek Employee Discount

    About ThinkGeek

    Since 1999, ThinkGeek has been creating a world where everyone can express and celebrate their inner geek, turn their interests into passions, and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic experiences that stimulate our fans’ imaginations and fuel their geek core. We believe there is geek in everyone and invite you to… Join in. Geek out. 

    Geeknet, which owns and manages ThinkGeek.com and ThinkGeek Solutions, is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation or any other unlawful basis.

    Apply for the Merchandiser & Product Buyer position

    Quality Assurance Engineer

    ThinkGeek is looking for a Quality Assurance Engineer to be responsible for the testing and validation of all bug fixes and site enhancements for our site. We're looking for someone who works well independently and in an Agile team environment.  Reporting to our Chief Information Officer, you will be conducting first line triage on all new bugs and feature requests; monitoring incoming communication to the development team to detect emergencies; gathering business owner approvals; documenting testing and workflow processes.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Perform functional, integration, and regression testing of all bug fixes, as well as minor and major site enhancements.
    • Identify report on, and verify bugs.
    • Work closely with business owners to initially determine severity of bug reports and new feature enhancements before assigning them to the correct manager for resolution.
    • Follow up with business owners after issues have been fixed, to validate that the solution satisfies requirements.
    • Detect potential emergencies by verifying issues reported in all forms of department-wide communication.
    • Execute manual and automated test plans
    • Document quality assurance practices
    • Report, track and determine priority of reported bugs
    • Other duties as assigned

    Education & Experience Requirements

    • Bachelors in Computer Sciences or associated discipline or the equivalent experience
    • 3+ years of related work experience
    • Experience with automated testing tools, to include Selenium is required
    • Experience with load and performance testing preferred
    • Basic knowledge of SQL for data validation is required
    • Working knowledge of Linux, Apache, and MySQL is required
    • Experience with mod-Perl is a plus
    • Possess solid understanding of web based technology, and their testing requirements including cross-browser and cross-platform testing.
    • A solid understanding of quality assurance as part of the development process.
    • Detail oriented and a problem solver
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Prior development experience is a plus

    Note

    • Please note the requirements in bold above highlight any relevant experience in your cover letter.  

    ThinkGeek Perks:

    Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees: 

    • Comprehensive benefits plans
    • Generous Paid Time Off Policy
    • 401(k) Plan with Company Match
    • Gym Membership Subsidy
    • Dog-friendly Office
    • ThinkGeek Employee Discount

    About ThinkGeek

    Since 1999, ThinkGeek has been creating a world where everyone can express and celebrate their inner geek, turn their interests into passions, and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic experiences that stimulate our fans’ imaginations and fuel their geek core. We believe there is geek in everyone and invite you to… Join in. Geek out. 

    Geeknet, which owns and manages ThinkGeek.com and ThinkGeek Solutions, is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation or any other unlawful basis.

    Apply for the Quality Assurance Engineer position