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Sr Designer/Designer - Gifts

Date: Aug 4, 2022

Location: Kansas City, MO, US, 64108

Company: Hallmark

     reqid: 129328 

Why we’re hiring and why we need you

We are looking for a highly-conceptual creative talent to join Hallmark's Gifts Team as a Designer. You will leverage consumer insights, trends, creativity and craft to create concepts and meaningful, purpose-driven product for a range of distribution channels.


What we do and how we do it 

The Gifts Team is a group of creative and strategic minds that make meaningful, purpose-driven product for a range of distribution channels. Grounded in understanding relationships and the evolving world around us, we create hundreds of new consumer-focused gifts each year that help people connect with and celebrate one another. We are highly collaborative—we work with key partners to think differently and dream up innovative ways to drive the business forward, while also delivering dynamic solutions to support the core business. We don't just make things. We are here to make life's moments more meaningful, and most importantly to help people feel seen and understood. We believe the right gift can inspire more caring in the world.


What your role entails and how you’ll contribute 

As a Designer on the Gifts Team, you will leverage your highly-conceptual creative abilities to designs and concepts for a wide range of Hallmark projects and formats at any given time, gathering and applying consumer insights and trends and demonstrating a high level of brand expertise, proficiency in craft, productivity, creativity, initiative, and collaboration. You will employ a range of styles to deliver innovative and successful design solutions and will actively partner with studio managers, art directors, and peers in creating and maintaining a productive, engaged, flexible, and resilient creative cutlure.You will have the opportunity to train and mentor junior designers and collaborate with cross-category partners with a shared goal of serving consumer needs as aligned with strategy. You will also have the opportunity for growth, as you proactively seek out take advantage of development opportunities and feedback from peers, leaders, and partners.



The following is required to be considered for this role: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree OR 4 years of professional work experience
  • Experience in a creative visual arts field, such as Illustration, 3D Design, Multimedia, or Graphic Design
  • 5 years of design or product development experience
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Cloud (ie: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)



Your resume and portfolio will stand out if you have:

  • 10+ years of designer or product development experience
  • The preferred candidate for this role will have experience as a senior designer and aspirations for future creative leadership roles
  • Creative leadership experience (such as Associate/Art Director, Lead Designer, Project Manager, Team Lead, etc.)
  • Ability to design against licensor style guides and/or craft a new direction for a unique offering from Hallmark with the help of Visual Studios artists, combining Trends POVs, color palette, style direction, and mood board inspiration for format execution
  • A creative portfolio that demonstrates:
    • Strong conceptual thinking and ideation skills, shown through concept exploration, sketchbook imagery, etc.
    • Strong aesthetic judgement and strong use of trends, color, and foundational design principles
    • High level of craftsmanship, grounded in brand and consumer understanding as well as category objectives and commercialization strategies
    • Experience designing a range of consumer products of various formats and complexities
    • Experience designing product lines/collections, as well as stand-alone SKUs
  • Experience with 3D modeling and rendering software and concept creation is a plus

  • Is a constant learner and challenges themselves to keep evolving their creative contributions

  • Demonstrates strong communication, visionary and strategic skills. Works collaboratively and motivates others. Is a self starter and problem solver.

  • Well-versed in the retail gifts market, trends, other relevant industries and the competitive consumer products landscape

  • Ability to propose new ways of working, looking for efficiencies and process improvements


Additional Details

  • This position is a hybrid role that must have the flexibility to work on site at Hallmark's headquarters in Kansas City, MO, as needed by the business. Hybrid schedule will be outlined in more detail during the interview phase of the consideration process. Some relocation assistance may be available.
  • This is a progressive role that will be filled at the appropriate level based on the skills and experience of the selected candidate.  


Now’s your chance to embrace a future with Hallmark—just follow the instructions below to apply!



You must show how you meet the basic qualifications (listed below) in a resume or document you upload, or by completing the work experience and education application fields. Accepted file types are Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX), PDF, HTML, or TXT.  


A portfolio is required for this position. Your portfolio should be compiled into one PDF or Microsoft Word document that is no larger than 10 MB. You can also submit a link to a personal portfolio website, but only as a supplement to your uploaded portfolio. Applicants who do not upload a portfolio cannot be considered. 


In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Hallmark Cards, Inc. and its subsidiary companies will hire only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Hallmark does not generally provide sponsorship for employment. Employment by Hallmark is contingent upon the signing of the Employment Agreement, signing of an agreement to arbitrate in connection with the Hallmark Dispute Resolution Program, completing Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, passing the urinalysis drug screen, education verification and satisfactory reference checks. 




About Hallmark - Connecting With Each Other Has Never Been More Important 

For more than a century, Hallmark has been bringing people together and improving the relationships that matter most. That’s why millions of people all over the world connect with the Hallmark brand. It has always been a mission so much bigger than any one of us who work here. Today, we need empathetic learners, strategic thinkers, and enthusiastic visionaries with diverse experiences and skills to help us create the rest of Hallmark’s second century as we shift to a more digitally savvy, unified approach that combines the best of brick-and-mortar retail with the efficiency of dot-com spaces. Help us imagine what our next hundred years could look like! 


When you join Hallmark, we will go out of our way to make you feel like part of the team, even in a remote/hybrid work environment. In the day-to-day, we’ll make the best use of the skills and talents you already have. We’ll also give you leadership opportunities and show you multiple potential pathways to future success. 


Our culture of care for our consumers and for one another shows in the way we embrace different backgrounds, identities, and working styles, deliberately seeking out ways to be more inclusive both internally among our work groups and externally through the things we make and sell to our retail partners and consumers. We believe that a broadly inclusive, equitable approach is also our best path to future success. We’re seeking out those who can bring a fresh perspective to our business and would love your input as someone new to our team! We can only change and grow when we intentionally include new perspectives–like yours.


Good for You, Good for your Family, Good for the Community

We offer competitive healthcare and PTO, remote work options, flexible schedules, parental leave, support for professional development, and employee assistance programs to care for your total well-being. You can learn more about our benefits here. But we also know the idea of benefits is bigger than that. From volunteering for relevant-skills-based projects to helping children and families and others in need, from partnering with nonprofit groups to inspiring a new generation, Hallmark provides many simple and rewarding ways for you to give back to your community. We applaud and fully support all our employees’ efforts to make their communities better. Whether you’re living near the KC HQ or somewhere else, Hallmarkers have a number of ways to bring our values out into the world every day. We can help you direct your energies and passions toward the things that make life better for all, whether that’s volunteering, project-coordinating, donating, public-art-creating, or otherwise contributing to the neighborhoods that we call home. You can find out more about our approach to community involvement and corporate social responsibility here.

Hallmark is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, pregnancy, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other legally-protected status.  Principals only please.

Nearest Major Market: Kansas City