Primitives By Kathy
  • 05-Dec-2017 to 31-Dec-2017 (EST)
  • Other
  • Lancaster, PA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

General Summary:

Primitives By Kathy is the #1 wholesaler of "present day primitives" to nationwide retail stores. With a focus on creative design, ahead-of-the-market product innovation, and international sourcing, the company currently offers over 6,000 unique home dcor and gift items to more than 20,000 worldwide customers. Headquartered in Lancaster, PA, the company connects with customers through its 500 page catalog, website, tradeshows, and permanent showrooms in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Dallas.


We are looking for an artistic individual with a passion for creative excellence to oversee our design team and deliver quality products to our clients and customers. In addition, the Product Development Director will work collaboratively with team members to gather on trend market data, develop original design concepts that coincide with the Primitives By Kathy aesthetic, and turn visions into end products. The ideal candidate must be creative, a team player, have keen attention to detail and proven ability to multi-task under deadline pressure.


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Principle Accountabilities Include but are Not Limited to:

  • Translate trends into concepts that fit the Primitives By Kathy brand
  • Oversees creation of designs that tell the stories of our products and reflect the company's brand identity
  • Be creative, independent, and see a creative project through idea conceptualization to final execution
  • Ensures that the finished work delivers the intended message based upon their knowledge of the client and its customers.
  • Familiarity with current color, font and print trends and style
  • Successfully manages their time, work flow and schedule to meet strict and sometimes aggressive deadlines
  • Able to problem solve and find multiple design solutions, especially under narrow parameters or strict budget restraints
  • Strong creative vision including style, color and pattern direction
  • Versatility and resourcefulness in design styles and techniques
  • Ability to work efficiently, accurately and within budget
  • Proven ability to multi-task under deadline pressure with excellent follow through
  • Identify piece types and products for development
  • Prepare presentation materials for line previews
  • Responsible for sample review and approval
  • Develop SKU-level designs with a proven ability to build an assortment
  • Understands the importance of technical design in preparing samples and contributing in fit sessions, identifying potential production, quality, and costing issues and proactively making effective recommendations.
  • Travel, evening and weekend work required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Other duties as needed, or assigned

    Skills & Competencies:
  • Ability to manage product design in fast-paced as deadline driven environment
  • Works well with a team but independently with minimal direction
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficient with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Ability to work effectively and accurately under pressure with tight timeframes
  • Proactive, responsive, results oriented and resourceful
  • Flexible/adaptable
  • Strong customer orientation and attention to detail
  • Computer proficient Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills



  • 5-6 years of experience in product design and graphic design, designing outstanding work
  • Bachelor's degree preferred in Graphic Design, Product Design, or related field
  • An outstanding portfolio that shows your passion for home dcor, gift items, typography, packaging, illustration, art, patterns, and layouts both digital and analog
  • Experience designing a variety of products
  • High Proficiency in Adobe Creative suite is a plus
  • Model making and craft skills a plus
  • Passion for trends, and able to translate these trends into designs that respond to our business needs for home decor and gift products
  • Display high-level of accuracy and attention for details in artwork delivery
  • Ability to relentlessly collaborate and at the same time work independently on several different projects at once
  • Must be flexible, open-minded, and respond to constructive criticism with revisions to designs and projects as necessary
  • Exercise judgment and project management skill to balance priorities and communicate to teams to meet and exceed project deadlines and commitment
  • Highly organized in maintaining production files to increase job efficiency and ensure that files and elements are easy to locate
  • Demonstrate excellent creativity, oral and written communication, listening and decision-making skills


This job operates primarily in an office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Lift up to 30 pounds. Proper lifting technique is required.

  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time including weekends 
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