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


Distribution Centre Manager; Toronto, Ontario

2016-04-22

Full Time Employment

About this role…

This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of the Umbra Operations Team and is responsible for managing operations through a team of functional front line supervisors. You will also be responsible for ensuring increasing levels of output through efficient utilization of manpower, material and equipment.

What you'll do…

  • Deliver Great Results: You will manage deployment of all Toronto resources to ensure complete and on-time delivery, quality, cost reduction, safety and division performance measures. You will distribute weekly work orders and review daily production to ensure targets are being met.
  • Build a Winning Team: By providing on-going performance feedback, encouraging continuous improvement, and ensuring company policies are followed, you will provide leadership to the distribution centre staff through direct day-to-day interaction, maintaining a high level of productivity in all areas. You will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating performance, developing standards and metrics.
  • KPI’s & Reporting:You will be responsible for optimizing the use of Umbra’s warehouse systems and recommending and implementing system and material handling improvements as required. You will deliver on the required Key Performance Indicators and prepare daily, weekly, monthly reports to summarize production activity.
  • Production Planning: Working with the Master Production Schedule, you will review, modify, document and communicate changes to ensure targets are obtainable and confirm adequate resources, including associates, are available.
  • Process Improvement: You will facilitate problem resolution to contribute to faster improvements and improved working relationships. You will review and develop procedures to ensure continuous improvement including the maintenance of a positive and proactive relationship with key areas such as Purchasing, Sales/Marketing, and global logistics.
  • Compliance: You will ensure compliance with company standards for budget control, quality, safety and complete and on-time delivery. Safety is top priority! You will provide leadership in the area of health and safety, ensure a clean and safe work environment and mandate compliance of the ESA and OHSA. You will determine annual capital requirements and ensure compliance with company requirements for capital investments and improvement projects.

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 are agile and adept at working in a multi-stakeholder environment. 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 an appreciation for design.
  • 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 5 years’ senior distribution/logistics management experience. Experience meeting multiple deadlines and objectives – must be comfortable multi-tasking. Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing, Process Improvement, 5S, and Six Sigma would be an asset.
  • Technical Skills: Intermediate excel and computer skills – MS Office – experience working with MS Project or similar.
  • Education: Post-secondary degree or equivalent in Logistics or Business. Health & Safety training is an asset.

What we bring…

A fast-paced, mind-blowing work experience like no other. Umber 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 “Distribution Centre Manager” in the subject line.

 



Creative Lead, Window Hardware & Drapery Toronto, Ontario

2016-04-05

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 and 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. You’ll travel occasionally to manufacturers, market trade shows and retails stores to conduct market research and investigate the latest in home trends.
  • Presentations:You’ll be responsible for establishing new looks and trends for the team to design. You’ll create style/mood boards that will be used internally and in customer presentations, as well, 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 2-5 years working experience.
  • Education: 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. All permanent full-time associates enjoy incentive programs and continuous learning opportunities. Overall, a pretty awesome place to work!

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 “Creative Lead-Window Hardware and Drapery” 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, Chicago, Illinois

2016-02-24

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 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 drive performance by monitoring territory activity and working together to achieve desired sales targets.
  • Customized Solutions:By developing customized programs, providing product quotes, and forwarding/following-up on sales leads, you will provide product solutions 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 “Sales Manager, Chicago” in the subject line.

 



PRODUCT LINE COORDINATOR; Toronto, Ontario

2016-02-24

Full Time Employment

About this role…

This is a fantastic opportunity to become part Umbra’s Category Management Team. The Product Line Coordinator will provide support in the Product Development process to deliver quality product to the global market and will be relied upon to provide detailed information regarding where any product sits in the Product Creation cycle.

What you'll do…

  • Communicate: You will interact on a daily basis with cross-functional partners (i.e. Category Management teams Design, Development, and Sales) and communicate product details and changes accurately to cross-functional teams.
  • Develop: You will develop sales material and technical information to support the sales force and customers. This includes printed and electronic documents, product training material, packaging specifications, item weights & measures and other support data. You will demonstrate a basic understanding of costing implications as they relate to the Product Development process and provide input to create improved processes that increase efficiency and productivity.
  • Project Management: You will research and gather consumer insight material both online and at retail to aid in the product development process. You will survey the competitive landscape and maintain performance/technical benchmarks. You will work within and demonstrate proficiency with Product Management Systems.
  • Eye For Detail: You have an eye for detail to understand design’s aesthetic intent and to ensure quality standards are adhered to.
  • Prioritize: You will demonstrate an ability to evaluate and change priorities as needed.

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 are agile and adept at working in a multi-stakeholder environment. 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 an appreciation for design.
  • 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 an ability to write reports and business correspondence and are able to respond to questions.
  • Business Acumen & Decision Making: You take a “business first” approach, demonstrating assertiveness in pursuing open issues to closure.
  • 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: Minimum 2 years’ experience in brand management administration within consumer goods (preferably giftware or home products) industry. Experience meeting multiple deadlines and objectives – must be comfortable multi-tasking. Must be flexible and able to adapt to new situations.
  • Technical Skills: Strong proficiency in MS Office applications is mandatory.
  • Education: Post-secondary degree or equivalent in 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 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 captures your imagination, please send your resume and portfolioIf this grabs your attention, send your resume to jobs@umbra.com, referencing “Product Line Coordinator” in the subject line.

 




NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER, Toronto, Ontario

2016-02-010

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.