Careers

We share a vision of creating original, modern, and casual design for every room in the home. Curiosity, creativity and a passion for design are common characteristics of Umbra people around the world. We work out of more than 15 different countries, collaborating and pulling the best out of each other and ourselves. We are a private company with more than 30 years of experience in our industry—still led by our original founders.

We are driven. We explore options and seek out innovative solutions—not just in our product development cycle, but in the way we approach our business. Our business model is unique: no other housewares company is so intensely focused on continuously designing original product, while at the same time managing production, distribution and our very own flagship retail store. Our products sell in over 120 countries, with exciting plans for expansion. Being vertically integrated and truly global allows us to develop broad and diverse business skills.

Original...our people cherish design and are continuously innovating new products that respond to everyday challenges in the home

Modern...our people embrace and drive change in a business that is constantly evolving

Casual...our people don’t take themselves too seriously, but we’re professionals in our approach to business and leadership

If you are looking for a truly unique work experience where you can apply your creativity, individuality and intelligence to a growing global business, take a look at an opportunity at Umbra!

 


Opportunities at Umbra



Manager, Brand Design; Toronto, Ontario

2016-01-027

Full Time Employment

About this role…

This is a unique career opportunity to lead the Umbra Brand Studio in the visual representation of the Umbra brands (Umbra, Umbra Shift, custom brands) globally, across packaging, B2B and B2C channels. This role will, both oversee and actively, contribute to the development and execution of all in-house graphic design, including packaging, publications, web sites, CRM, PR, sales materials and internal branding materials. As a key stakeholder of the Umbra brand voice, this position plays a critical role in the global marketing team and the organization at large.

What you'll do…

  • Inspire: You will lead art direction of the Umbra brands across all message mediums while continuously fine tuning the Umbra brand voice, working closely with the rest of the marketing team, product development teams and the global sales teams.
  • Lead: You will manage an internal team of graphic designers, photographer and videographer while collaborating with the China graphic team by utilizing the briefing and development process for all things creative.
  • Execute: You will manage the development and execution of all brand related materials as required across packaging, B2B, B2C and internal channels.
  • Evolve: You will maintain and continuously improve brand specs and executional guidelines; oversee the management of the graphic and image library, and prioritize the Brand Studio workload.

What you’ll bring…

  • Entrepreneurial: You demonstrate a “no job is too small” mentality; you like to roll up your sleeves, jump in and get it done! You are a goal oriented, high achiever. You appreciate the nuances of a private, non-corporate company environment.
  • Attitude: You have a positive attitude, strong work ethic and are able to adapt to changing priorities. You have a willingness to learn and to share knowledge.
  • Relationship Building: You encourage collaboration and are a team player who can develop and maintain effective relationships with co-workers. You love to work with others who are passionate about design as you are and to work together to achieve common goals.
  • Communication: You are proficient at active listening. You are comfortable presenting information and are able to respond to questions.
  • Organization Skills: You thrive in a fast paced environment. You have a strong sense of urgency, are self-motivated and work effectively under pressure. You have excellent time management skills.
  • Business Acumen & Decision Making: You take a “business first” approach, demonstrating assertiveness in pursuing open issues to closure. You provide input to create improved processes that increase efficiency and productivity.
  • Critical Thinking: You are a versatile thinker, applying common sense and objectivity to evaluate and determine a solution. You balance an analytical approach with a people-centric perspective when problem solving.
  • Integrity & Influence: You are confident and persuasive with unquestionable integrity. You are a strong team player with demonstrated ability to influence and motivate others.
  • Experience: Minimum 6-8 years’ experience in Graphic Design; packaging, publications, digital content and B2B retail experience will be to your advantage. At least 2-3 years of successful team management.
  • Technical Skills: Strong proficiency in Adobe CS6; knowledge of responsive website design and layout; experience directing photography and videography work – styling, creative direction, motion graphics and shoot direction; competency with packaging mockups including handmade samples; knowledge of flatbed plotter-cutters an asset
  • Education: Post-secondary degree or equivalent in Graphic Design.

What we bring…

A fast-paced, mind-blowing work experience like no other. Umbra is a place where innovative minds thrive and make things happen. We value our unique work space, our global mindset and our distinct design-centric culture. We offer all permanent full-time associates incentive programs, group benefits and RSP, as well as more exciting things like continuous learning opportunities, recognition galore, an on-site gourmet café to treat yourself, and full gym facilities to work it off after. Overall, a pretty great place to work!

How to apply …

If this grabs your attention, send your resume to jobs@umbra.com, referencing “Manager, Brand Design” in the subject line.

 



SHOP SUPERVISOR, Toronto, Ontario

2016-01-027

Full Time Employment

About this role…

We are looking for a talented Shop Supervisor to join the Umbra Studio to manage our workshop, create presentation ready prototypes and assist the marketing team with tradeshow related activities. This role will work closely with the team of designers to complete projects in a timely fashion. Our ideal candidate is a well-rounded individual with a strong understanding of fabrication techniques, able to self-manage, is well organized, has a high attention to detail, and production know-how. Doing so requires independent decision making, creative problem solving, troubleshooting, planning, organizing and the supervision of the Shop and anyone who uses it.

What you'll do…

  • Supervision: You will provide day-to-day supervision of the shop to ensure that it is running efficiently and safely by planning, organizing, and prioritizing your work. You will communicate directly with designers and category managers to complete priorities, create and maintain a positive work environment, ensure safe work practices are conducted by all who use the shop. You will also be responsible for ensuring safe work conditions are met, by providing training and safe work practices and ensuring all tools and machines are organized, in good working order and supplies are well stocked.
  • Prototype: You will assist the designers in creating prototypes by using a wide breadth of prototype methods to create precise and presentation ready models. Be prepared to sand, prime and paint using a wide breadth of methods. You will also be required to maintain the 3D Machines and related components.
  • Tradeshows: You will assist during tradeshow seasons and work closely with the in-house designers and marketing team by creating or repairing existing tradeshow components and organizing the set up and take down.

What you’ll bring…

  • Model making: You love working with your hands and will eagerly show off your exceptional model making skills in our workshop. You have experience working with wood, metal, & plastics.
  • Passion: You have a passion for details and ensuring that all projects are completed to a high standard.
  • Design Sense: You have a strong appreciation for design.
  • Entrepreneurial: You demonstrate a “no job is too small” mentality; you like to roll up your sleeves, jump in and get it done! You are a goal oriented, high achiever. You appreciate the nuances of a private, non-corporate company environment.
  • Attitude: You have a positive attitude, strong work ethic and are able to adapt to changing priorities. You have a willingness to learn and to share knowledge.
  • Relationship Building: You encourage collaboration and are a team player who can develop and maintain effective relationships with co-workers. You love to work with others who are passionate about design as you are and to work together to achieve common goals.
  • Communication: You are proficient at active listening. You are comfortable presenting information and are able to respond to questions.
  • Organization Skills: You thrive in a fast paced environment. You have a strong sense of urgency, are self-motivated and work effectively under pressure. You have excellent time management skills.
  • Critical Thinking: You are a versatile thinker, applying common sense and objectivity to evaluate and determine a solution. You balance an analytical approach with a people-centric perspective when problem solving.
  • Integrity & Influence: You are confident and persuasive with unquestionable integrity. You are a strong team player with demonstrated ability to influence and motivate others.
  • Education: Currently pursuing or recent graduate of a post-secondary degree/diploma in design, cabinet or furniture design.

What we bring…

A rewarding opportunity to work with an iconic Canadian Design Studio. Designers work from the global head office in Scarborough and the studio space in the downtown Toronto Umbra Store. A fast-paced, mind-blowing work experience like no other. Umbra is a place where innovative minds thrive and make things happen. We value our unique way of thinking, our global mindset and our distinct design-centric culture.

How to apply …

If this captures your imagination, please send your resume and images of your work (as a link or a PDF no larger than 2MB) to jobs@umbra.com, referencing “Shop Supervisor” in the subject line. Applications without images will not be considered.

 



SALES COORDINATOR, Toronto, Ontario

2016-01-05

Full Time Employment

About this role…

This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of Umbra’s Sales Team! This role will be tasked with the responsibility for increasing sales and revenue by developing and managing Key Accounts.

What you'll do…

  • Grow Sales & Revenue: You will work with Sales Managers and representatives to drive sales growth within North America. You will supply quotes, product presentations, complete sample orders and requests, provide planograms and ensure customers have the proper product selection for their entity. Attendance and coordination of tradeshows required, as well as, coordination and maintenance of all in-store support materials including display boards and signage.
  • Customized Solutions: You will supply quotes, product presentations, complete sample kits and requests, provide planograms and ensure customers have the proper product selection for their store.
  • Effective Communication: You will respond to and follow-up on inquiries from retailers and sales representatives, for all major orders and product questions, to ensure complete customer satisfaction. You will ensure deadlines for customer orders are met and investigate and resolve all charge backs. As well, prepare monthly customer forecasts and communicate potential issues to the Sale department.
  • Records and Reporting: You will prepare sales reports, maintaining accurate records and reports that reflect sales, account activity and product performance. You will be responsible for updating SAP with customer contact, commission, pricing and product information.

What you’ll bring…

  • Entrepreneurial: You demonstrate a “no job is too small” mentality; you like to roll up your sleeves, jump in and get it done! You are a goal oriented, high achiever.
  • Attitude: You have a positive attitude, strong work ethic and are able to adapt to changing priorities. You have a willingness to learn and to share knowledge.
  • Relationship Building: You encourage collaboration and are a team player who can develop and maintain effective relationships with co-workers. You love to work with others who are passionate about design as you are and to work together to achieve common goals.
  • Communication: You are proficient at active listening. You are comfortable presenting information and are able to respond to questions.
  • Organization Skills: You thrive in a fast paced environment. You have a strong sense of urgency, are self-motivated and work effectively under pressure. You have excellent time management skills.
  • Critical Thinking: You are a versatile thinker, applying common sense and objectivity to evaluate and determine a solution. You balance an analytical approach with a people-centric perspective when problem solving.
  • Integrity & Influence: You are confident and persuasive with unquestionable integrity. You are a strong team player with demonstrated ability to influence and motivate others.
  • Experience: You possess a minimum 3-5 years’ of sales coordinator experience required (experience working with large accounts is preferred).
  • Technical Skills: You have a strong proficiency of MS Office applications and SAP Systems.
  • Education: Post-secondary degree or equivalent, E-Commerce Degree is preferred by not required.

What we bring…

A fast-paced, mind-blowing work experience like no other. Umbra is a place where innovative minds thrive and make things happen. We value our unique way of thinking, our global mindset and our distinct design-centric culture. All permanent full-time associates enjoy incentive programs and continuous learning opportunities. Overall, a pretty awesome place to work!

How to apply …

If this grabs your attention, send your resume to jobs@umbra.com, referencing “Sales Coordinator, Toronto” in the subject line.

 



INTERIOR DESIGNER/PRODUCT DESIGNER, Window Hardware/Drapery Toronto, Ontario

2016-01-05

Full Time Employment

About this role…

We are looking for a talented designer to join the Umbra Studio to assist with all aspects of product development within our Window Hardware/Drapery Category. Our ideal candidate is both passionate and driven to focus on this category and will work closely with our team to push both functional and decorative innovations. We are looking for a well-rounded individual with a strong understanding of home trends, consumer behavior, good design principles, and production know-how.

What you'll do…

  • Research: You’ll have a great understanding of current and upcoming home design trends and can translate this into design directions. Occasional travel to manufacturers, market tradeshows and retails stores to conduct market research and investigate the latest in home trends.
  • Presentations: You will be responsible for establishing the new looks and trends for the team to design. You will create style/mood boards that will be used internally and in customer presentations, as well, you will create physical materials and reference boards to tell a physical story.

What you’ll bring…

  • Passion: You have a passion and flare for design, fashion trends, colors and textures.
  • Design Sense: You have a strong design awareness and the ability to translate fashion trends into commercially viable designs. You are driven to design user-focused products and are enthusiastic to be part of the entire design process.
  • Technical Skills: You are highly skilled with 3D & 2D software tools including SolidWorks and Adobe Creative Suite to create impressive presentations and accurate production data. Ideal candidate knows SolidWorks but not a requirement
  • Model making: You love working with your hands and will eagerly show off your exceptional model making skills in our workshop.
  • Entrepreneurial: You demonstrate a “no job is too small” mentality; you like to roll up your sleeves, jump in and get it done! You are a goal oriented, high achiever. You appreciate the nuances of a private, non-corporate company environment.
  • Attitude: You have a positive attitude, strong work ethic and are able to adapt to changing priorities. You have a willingness to learn and to share knowledge.
  • Relationship Building: You encourage collaboration and are a team player who can develop and maintain effective relationships with co-workers. You love to work with others who are passionate about design as you are and to work together to achieve common goals.
  • Communication: You are proficient at active listening. You are comfortable presenting information and are able to respond to questions.
  • Organization Skills: You thrive in a fast paced environment. You have a strong sense of urgency, are self-motivated and work effectively under pressure. You have excellent time management skills.
  • Critical Thinking: You are a versatile thinker, applying common sense and objectivity to evaluate and determine a solution. You balance an analytical approach with a people-centric perspective when problem solving.
  • Integrity & Influence: You are confident and persuasive with unquestionable integrity. You are a strong team player with demonstrated ability to influence and motivate others.
  • Education: Currently pursuing or recent graduate of a post-secondary degree/diploma in design (interior, industrial, textiles, environmental, architectural).

What we bring…

A rewarding opportunity to work with an iconic Canadian Design Studio. Designers work from the global head office in Scarborough and the studio space in the downtown Toronto Umbra Store. A fast-paced, mind-blowing work experience like no other. Umbra is a place where innovative minds thrive and make things happen. We value our unique way of thinking, our global mindset and our distinct design-centric culture.

How to apply …

If this captures your imagination, please send your resume and portfolio (as a link or a PDF no larger than 2MB) to jobs@umbra.com, referencing “Interior Decorator/Product Designer” in the subject line. Please include both individual and group work in your portfolio and explain the role you played in your group work.

 



NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER, Toronto, Ontario

2015-11-06

About this role…

This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of Umbra’s Sales Team! This role will be tasked with the responsibility for increasing sales and revenue by developing and managing Key Accounts and independent retailers, in addition to coordinating and attending local Trade Shows.

What you'll do…

  • Grow Sales & Revenue – You will drive mass retail sales growth by developing and managing key accounts directly. You will stay current on market trends to readily identify new business opportunities and coordinating regional Tradeshows.
  • Develop a Winning Team – You will ensure adequate staffing by recruiting, hiring and managing a Sales Team. You will drive performance by monitoring territory activity and working together to achieve desired sales targets.
  • Customized Solutions – By developing special programs, providing special quotes, and forwarding/following-up on sales leads, you will provide product information that meet customer needs.
  • Deliver Exceptional Customer Service – You will respond to and follow-up on inquiries from the sales team and customers, for all major orders, to ensure complete customer satisfaction.
  • Effective Communication – You will communicate to the Sales on new product developments, price changes, etc. You will be a key contact with management as it pertains to product definition and position.
  • Records and Reporting – You will maintain accurate customer records, ensuring customer contracts are signed and appropriately distributed, in addition to monitoring and generating monthly sales reports and analysis.
  • Market Expert – You will work with management to develop new integrated marketing strategies to raise the brand awareness of Umbra. You will stay knowledgeable of the current retail market, reporting sales, product quality issues, counterfeit products on the market, trends, etc. to other internal departments or colleagues to further enhance Umbra’s market position.

What you’ll bring…

  • Entrepreneurial: You demonstrate a “no job is too small” mentality; you like to roll up your sleeves, jump in and get it done! You are a goal oriented, high achiever.
  • Attitude: You have a positive attitude, strong work ethic and are able to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Relationship Building: You encourage collaboration and are a team player who can develop and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of the organization.
  • Communication: You are proficient at active listening. You have a strong ability to write reports and business correspondence; comfortable presenting information and negotiating.
  • Business Acumen & Decision Making: You take a “business first” approach, apply expertise within this context. You demonstrate assertiveness in pursuing open issues to closure. You provide input to create improved processes that increase efficiency and productivity.
  • Organization Skills: You thrive in a fast paced environment. You have a strong sense of urgency, are self-motivated and work effectively under pressure. You can prioritize team efforts and meet tight deadlines.
  • Critical Thinking: You are a versatile thinker, applying common sense and objectivity to evaluate and determine a solution. You balance an analytical approach with a people-centric perspective when problem solving.
  • Integrity & Influence: You are confident and persuasive with unquestionable integrity. You are a strong team player with demonstrated ability to influence and motivate others.
  • Experience: You possess a minimum 3-5 years’ of sales management experience. A knowledge of key accounts and the gift/housewares industry are considered assets.
  • Technical Skills: You have a strong proficiency of MS Office applications.
  • Education: Post-secondary degree or equivalent with a preference for Business or similar program.

What we bring…

A fast-paced, mind-blowing work experience like no other. Umbra is a place where innovative minds thrive and make things happen. We value our unique way of thinking, our global mindset and our distinct design-centric culture.

All permanent full-time associates enjoy incentive programs and continuous learning opportunities. Overall, a pretty awesome place to work!

How to apply …

If this grabs your attention, send your resume to jobs@umbra.com , referencing "National Account Manager, Toronto" in the subject line.

 



TECHNICAL CAD DESIGNER, Window Hardware/Drapery; Toronto, Ontario

2016-01-05

Full Time Employment

About this role…

We are looking for a talented Technical CAD Designer who is both passionate and driven to focus on the Window Hardware/ Drapery Category to join the Umbra Studio. The Technical CAD Designer is to assist with advanced CAD modelling, in the product development, within our Window Hardware/Drapery Category. You will work closely with our team to translate designs and sketches into reality and render them to look as close to reality as possible. We are looking for a well-rounded individual with strong technical skills in CAD, computer rendering, adobe suite, strong presentation skills and an attention to detail. You will be required to work within specific design trends to create designs and create them in 3D renderings to present.

What you'll do…

  • SolidWorks: You’ll have a great understanding of current and upcoming home design trends and can translate this into design directions. Occasional travel to manufacturers, market tradeshows and retails stores to conduct market research and investigate the latest in home trends.
  • Presentations: Assist the team with completing CAD models, renders, proof of concept studies, and prototypes for client presentations.

What you’ll bring…

  • Passion: You have a passion and flare for design and strive for perfection in your work. Specifically in the Window Hardware/Drapery Category.
  • Design Sense: You have a strong design awareness and the ability to translate fashion trends into commercially viable designs. You are driven to design user-focused products and are enthusiastic to be part of the entire design process.
  • Technical Skills: You are highly skilled with 3D & 2D software tools including SolidWorks, Key shot and Adobe Creative Suite to create impressive presentations and accurate production data.
  • Model making: You love working with your hands and will eagerly show off your exceptional model making skills in our workshop.
  • Entrepreneurial: You demonstrate a “no job is too small” mentality; you like to roll up your sleeves, jump in and get it done! You are a goal oriented, high achiever. You appreciate the nuances of a private, non-corporate company environment.
  • Attitude: You have a positive attitude, strong work ethic and are able to adapt to changing priorities. You have a willingness to learn and to share knowledge.
  • Relationship Building: You encourage collaboration and are a team player who can develop and maintain effective relationships with co-workers. You love to work with others who are passionate about design as you are and to work together to achieve common goals.
  • Communication: You are proficient at active listening. You are comfortable presenting information and are able to respond to questions.
  • Organization Skills: You thrive in a fast paced environment. You have a strong sense of urgency, are self-motivated and work effectively under pressure. You have excellent time management skills.
  • Critical Thinking: You are a versatile thinker, applying common sense and objectivity to evaluate and determine a solution. You balance an analytical approach with a people-centric perspective when problem solving.
  • Integrity & Influence: You are confident and persuasive with unquestionable integrity. You are a strong team player with demonstrated ability to influence and motivate others.
  • Education: Currently pursuing or recent graduate of a post-secondary degree/diploma in design (industrial, environmental, architectural).

What we bring…

A rewarding opportunity to work with an iconic Canadian Design Studio. Designers work from the global head office in Scarborough and the studio space in the downtown Toronto Umbra Store. A fast-paced, mind-blowing work experience like no other. Umbra is a place where innovative minds thrive and make things happen. We value our unique way of thinking, our global mindset and our distinct design-centric culture.

How to apply …

If this captures your imagination, please send your resume and portfolio (as a link or a PDF no larger than 2MB) to jobs@umbra.com, referencing “Technical CAD Designer in the subject line. Please include both individual and group work in your portfolio and explain the role you played in your group work.