UncommonGoods is hiring a

Product Development Designer (Contract)

Brooklyn, United States


  • Uncommon Goods offers an ever-changing assortment of original, creative gifts. We partner with independent makers and small businesses to offer our customers an assortment of items that they love to surprise loved ones with (and treat themselves, too)! 
  • We are built on better business practices and committed to having a positive impact on people and the planet. Learn more here. 
  • The best part of Uncommon Goods is us—our team. We've been around for over 20 years because of all the wonderful people who make UG the one-of-a-kind company it is. 

Learn more about our productsB Corp certification, guiding principlesBetter to Give program, and team members you might be working with. 

The Uncommon Goods Product Development team designs and develops unique and exclusive products. We are a team of 6 consisting of friendly, hard-working, big thinking designers and production managers who have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. We have a directory of external designers and manufacturers who we collaborate with to create and manufacturer new products. Additionally, we create highly personalized gifts for our customers offering them a unique shopping experience. 


We are looking for a designer to join our Product Development team for a 6 month contract. You are passionate about creating original and thoughtful products for the Uncommon Goods customer. You have ambition to gain experience in creating a breadth of products across multiple categories. You are a keen problem solver with a can-do attitude. If you want to thrive in a fast-paced environment, are looking for a varied and fulfilling role where every product you design is different from the next, this is the role for you!  

Designers who work with our team will be focused on generating new ideas, designing original products and collaborating with external designers on projects. Designers will report directly to the Director of Design & Product Development. 

We are looking for applicants who are highly creative, a problem solver, energetic, and self-propelled.  Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, this position will be 100% remote.  

Essential Responsibilities:. 

  • Generate original product ideas that do not exist anywhere in the market. Create product that solves a problem and has an emotional connection 
  • Complete detailed technical briefs for all developments. 
  • Present new ideas to Director, Product Development team and Merchants. 
  • Manage relationships and ongoing projects with external designers. 
  • Communicate regularly with Production and Merchant teams. 


Skills & Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree in Design, Industrial Design, or a related field
  • 4+ years industry experience within a related field
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign 
  • Outstanding taste level and design experience in one or more of the following areas - home, accessories, gifting and jewelry. 
  • Good technical knowledge of three-dimensional product design. Experience of applying surface art to product and/or packaging. 
  • Ability to manage own workload efficiently 
  • Self- starter with excellent communication and organization skills 
  • Ability to respond to business objectives with creative and innovative design solutions 
  • Graphic design skills, surface art and typography skills would be an advantage 


  • Casual work atmosphere, fun company events.  (Thanks to our team's creativity, we've devised ways to feel connected remotely, too, and it's still fun.)
  • 40% discount on our products.

To Apply please submit your resume, portfolio and/or link to website. 


**We are only accepting applicants located in the Tri State area**



UncommonGoods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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