Garmin International: User Interface Graphics Designer Team Leader

Posted by | August 22, 2010 | Web Professional Jobs Blog

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Location: Olathe, KS (suburb of Kansas City)

URL: http://www.garmin.com

Provide supervision and leadership to the production art team.  Direct and coordinate activities for art production for Garmin’s consumer products.  Be responsible for the overall workflow and accountability for a team of production artist.  Coordinate with the user experience team leaders and project leads to set production art priorities, but yet remaining hands-on for precise job execution.
 
**please note – this position resides in the Engineering department**
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
 
  • Lead and mentor Production Artists with diverse capability levels that are creating graphics that will be embedded into GPS products.
  • Directly supervise production artist team members with daily observation, assuring appropriate attendance, and providing assistance to team members
  • Work with Human Resources to address employee relations issues as needed including writing and conducting annual performance evaluations
  • Be responsible for the growth and success of a production art team by overseeing training and mentoring of new associates
  • Schedule jobs based on project priorities and manage a scheduling system for each project aiming for specific software development milestones Work closely with user experience design teams to give visualization ideas to new design concepts
  • Report on the status of jobs in progress
  • Ensure graphics are finalized and delivered on time to the software teams
  • Ensure graphic designs maintain consistency across product lines
  • Oversee the art production process to improve efficiency
  • Evaluate positive performance within team members and address performance issues in a timely manner
  • Manage the collection and maintenance of graphic assets in appropriate repository area for the software engineering department
  • Partner with user experience designer and software engineers to understand complete requirements for tasks 
  • Keep track and estimate resources and time needed to get tasks done by negotiating deadlines when necessary
 
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
  • Assist with the creation of the digital artwork
  • Stay abreast of graphic trends being used in other consumer products
  • Participate in interviewing and other recruiting activities for the production artist position
  • Maintain up to date knowledge with new graphic productions technologies, software and tools
  • Direct, design/create concept ideas for the entire team
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned
 
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:
 
  • Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design, Visual Communications or a related field / equivalent education
  • 4 years of related production art or graphics design experience
  • 4 years leadership experience production design environment
  • Strong graphics design background
  • Experience with Adobe design software (Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Must be flexible and able to work in a fast paced, demanding environment
  • Must be able to communicate ideas and directions clearly both verbally and written
  • Ability to assign work and responsibilities effectively to ensure efficient workload for each team member.
  • Must be able to interact positively with other teams
  • Must be organized and have the ability to prioritize and delegate tasks efficiently to ensure proper workload for each team member 
  • Excellent art directing skills
  • Strong portfolio which demonstrates successful and a high quality body of work in design/art
  • Have the ability to increase team members ownership and accountability to encourage high quality work
  • Must be team-oriented, possess a positive attitude and work well with others
  • Must be flexible and able to work accurately in a fast paced environment
  • An online portfolio demonstrating a strong visual and conceptual design sense and a superior understanding of current coding practices, typography, color, and layout
 
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
 
  • 8+ years leadership experience in a production design environment
  • Experience in Visual Communications or Graphic Design
  • Previous consumer electronics experience perferred
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To apply: Please apply online at http://www.garmin.com/careers

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