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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.

We are Umbra.

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

2015-06-01

This position …

This is a unique career opportunity to lead the Umbra Brand Studio in the visual representation of the Umbra brand voices (Umbra, Umbra Shift, custom brands) globally, across packaging, B2B and B2C channels. Specifically he / she will both oversee and actively contribute to the development and execution of all inhouse 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 want …

You are looking for a fast-paced, design-forward, entrepreneurial environment. You are seeking an opportunity to bring your graphic design and leadership talents to bear on the development of a global brand voice and the optimization of both quality and quantity of messaging. You are eager to lead a team of creative content developers and bring your past experiences to bear on establishing brand articulation best practices and speed to market.

What we need …

We are seeking an ideas-driven senior graphic designer with a proven track record in both creative design capabilities and team leadership. You are not only comfortable but thrive in multi-channel brand and product representation, from packaging to digital to print messaging. You bring experience to the table that will support ongoing efficiency improvements and rapid output. You use your strong team management skills to mentor, inspire and get the best results from individual team members. You are a natural collaborator within and outside your team. Most importantly, your creative capabilities are perfectly balanced with your results driven focus. You are a doer and a leader and are comfortable wearing both hats at the same time.

The details …

  • 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 team.
  • Manage the development and execution of all brand related materials as required across packaging (including custom packaging), B2B, B2C and internal channels.
  • Manage the internal team of graphic designers, photographer and videographer and collaborate with China graphic team.
  • Oversee / optimize the briefing and development process for all graphic design, photography and videography requirements.
  • Schedule, manage and prioritize the Brand Studio workload.
  • Maintain and continuously improve brand specs and executional guidelines.
  • Oversee management of the graphic and image library.

What you bring …

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in Graphic Design.
  • Minimum of 6-8 years of work experience in a Graphic Design department or studio, specific experience with packaging, publications and digital content. B2B retail experience a definite asset.
  • 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 plottercutters an asset.
  • Experience on press and proofing for catalog and other print assets.
  • Experience managing an internal creative team.
  • Extremely well organized and adaptable to the needs of multiple stakeholders in a fast paced retail environment.

What we bring …

  • A fast-paced work experience like no other. If you thrive on tight deadlines and enjoy creative problem solving, you’ll fit right in. At Umbra, we value those rare people who think outside the box.
  • 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, on-site gourmet café, and full gym facilities. Overall, a pretty awesome 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.

 



Import & Export Coordinator

2015-05-01

This position …

The Import & Export Coordinator role supports the Logistics Specialist with respect to the daily operations in logistics and customs.

The details …

  • Prepare inter-company and export documentation in a timely and accurate manner to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Prepare and update global tracking reports on an ongoing basis.
  • Assist on customs duty refund and drawback projects.
  • Intercompany and overseas commercial invoices, import /export documentation, packing lists, certificates of origin.
  • Maintain tracking report for ocean and air shipments.
  • Review and request bookings made by freight forwarders.
  • Knowledge of commodities tariff codes classifications to ensure total duties are minimized.
  • File B13A for export shipments.
  • Request and review NAFTA certificates.
  • Gather information from various internal sources to manage our database of Lacey Act information.
  • Provide broker with supplementary information required for customs clearance.
  • Run arrival reports for USA, Canada & Europe and follow up past due shipments.
  • Work with Category Managers and China team to get additional customs information when needed (FDA, Lacey, Textiles and clocks).
  • Work with broker to file amended entries for shortages and overages.
  • Ability to learn ERP system.

Job info…

  • Business and mailing address: 40 Emblem Court, Scarborough ON, M1S 1B1
  • Full time permanent position
  • Health and Dental benefits provided
  • Pension plan
  • On-site café, and gym facilities
  • Compensation $41,000 annually

What we’re looking for …

  • Bachelor’s Degree with additional education in Logistics. Minimum of 4 years total working experience in logistics (import/export), with 2 years of international experience.
  • Experience working in China considered an asset.
  • Ability to Speak Mandarin.
  • Strong organization, communication and time management skills required.
  • Detail oriented, with the ability to follow-up and solve problems.
  • Advanced excel and PC skills.
  • CCLP Candidate

What we offer …

This is a place where innovative minds thrive and collaborate with other like-minded individuals. We share a passion for creativity and a drive to 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 “Import & Export Coordinator; in the subject line.

 



Product Line Coordinator

2015-04-15

The position …

The Product Line Coordinator’s role is to provide support to the Product Line Managers to deliver great product to the global market from concept through to production. Organization, information accuracy and attention to details are a must.

What we need…

  • Support Product Management team in the development process. Maintain product information and ensure integrity across all systems.
  • Develop material to support the sales and marketing team. Including product presentations, product training material, packaging specifications, item weights & measures, features & benefits content and web copy.
  • Prepare and distribute accurate monthly sales reports, assortment line plans, and quarterly productivity reports. Assist in analyzing data and report back findings to the Product Line Manager
  • Create Request for Quotation (RFQ) outlining the requirements for sourcing new product.
  • Manage sample order process for new product including but not limited to showrooms, tradeshow and sales samples
  • Maintain a competitive database including market share, product differentials, and cost/price positioning
  • Support Product Line Manager (PLM) team with meeting preparation. Set up meetings, document decisions and monitor deadlines.

What you bring’re looking for …

  • Preferred minimum 3-5 years’ experience in consumer goods preferably giftware or home products industry.
  • Must have a positive attitude, strong work ethic and able to adapt to changing priorities as well as an appreciation for design
  • Demonstrates assertiveness in pursuing open issues to closure
  • Provide input to create improved processes that increase efficiency and productivity.
  • Proficiency in excel, PowerPoint and Product Management Systems
  • Post-secondary degree or equivalent preferred in Business, Marketing or similar program.

What we bring…

This is a place where innovative minds thrive and collaborate with other like-minded individuals. We share a passion for creativity and a drive to 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 “Product Line Coordinator” in the subject line.

 


Regional Sales Representative

2015-04-15

This position …

This role’s objective is to achieve sales targets and develop relationships with existing and potential new customers that meet the company’s brand and design distribution goals. To assist and support retailers to maximize sales of product through knowledge of the brand, product and the market.

What we need…

  • Existing Customer Base: To meet the challenge of exceeding annual sales targets by month within geographical territory. Maintain contact with existing customer base, developing business through a proactive, reliable & enjoyable business relationship. Drive sales by ensuring the right products are placed in the right store.
  • New Customers: To identify and successfully commence business with customers who meet company’s distribution requirements, for brand, design, and revenue.
  • Product Presentation: To display and promote the brand and product range within your account portfolio with the objective of driving sales and building brand awareness.
  • Product Training: To support and excite the retailer base with tailored, memorable and fun product knowledge to enable them to successfully grow sales.
  • Develop and maintain a monthly travel plan for given territory.
  • Manage customer appointments in conjunction with monthly travel plan.
  • Participate in bi-weekly territory conference call. Keep manager informed of activity and results, such as weekly work plans, and monthly and annual region analysis.
  • Actively develop customer relationships with the expectation of expanding business.
  • Develop breadth of range and expand category listings within customer base.
  • Follow through necessary actions from customer requests.
  • Seek new business that meets distribution requirements for design and branding.
  • Prepare for key customer meetings, leading to maximizing business return.
  • Liaise with internal colleagues to ensure effective management of your customer base.
  • Produce and maintain a ‘new customer target’ list for your territory and report monthly on progression.
  • Gather customer sales data where possible and distribute to appropriate internal staff.
  • Gather competitor information and feedback to appropriate internal staff.
  • Attend trade shows as required, including trade show set up and breakdown.
  • Ensure effective communication across all internal departments, including but not limited to finance, logistics, sales order processing.
  • Attend and actively participate in regular sales meetings as required by management.
  • Complete other reasonable duties as required.

What you bring’re looking for …

  • 5+ years of sales experience.
  • Post-Secondary education in Sales and/or Business is an asset.
  • In addition to road travel, we require attendance at major tradeshows as required.
  • We require that you have a laptop computer equipped with Microsoft Office. Company iPad and cell phone will be provided.
  • Strong organizational skills with emphasis on detail and flexibility in a dynamic and busy environment.
  • No relocation.
  • Full-time position. Benefits supplied.

What we bring…

This is a place where innovative minds thrive and collaborate with other like-minded individuals. We share a passion for creativity and a drive to 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 “Regional Sales Rep” in the subject line.