Director Industrial Design at Loop Earplugs

    Full Time
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Posted 8 months ago

    The Opportunity

    We are Buckle. And we make earplugs. Not the cheap yellow airplane type, the iconic sound-enhancing type. The kind that changes lives. The kind that gives people the freedom to lose themselves in every moment. To their volume – and to their own style.

    And you? Well, we hope you’ll be our new Director of Industrial Design. One who leads an incredibly talented team of industrial designers and style specialists, with a keen eye on the aesthetics and style of our products and campaigns.

    Your managerial skills are on point

    The way you inspire and lead your growing team of designers is really cool. So much so that you’ve been known to jump into team meetings with your “lightbulb moments,” like a quick sketch or a bit of creative insight. What makes you a star leader. Your team of industrial designers and style specialists will lead the way with our seasonal launches, special editions and co-branded products, so when it comes to making sure everything is up to date, you make sure you’re there.

    You are a professional at improving current processes and ways of working in a positive and proactive way – inspiring the team as you go. Managing budgets and planning? You understand. You know that organization and structure create a stronger, more productive team that gets more results.

    Your sense of Design seduces us

    You are a creative, design-obsessed artist who has honed your craft to have extreme confidence and pride in your work. Make you the legend we all adore. That’s why we trust you to work alongside the engineering manager and product management team to ensure design quality at every stage of the product. In fact, you’re such a design guru that we know you’ll support and implement improvements to existing products, all because you stay on top of the latest developments and trends.

    You are a perfectionist, with crazy attention to detail

    You are there to make sure everything is “perfect”. And your amazing communication skills have a big part to play in making that happen. You liaise with marketing and design teams to ensure product development timelines are met.

    You adhere to our product design guidelines, ensuring that all Loop products conform to the same appearance. You are a master at reviewing the work of designers to ensure exceptional quality on all design projects, while maintaining brand consistency. And when you encounter challenges along the way, you handle them like a pro with determination and drive.

    What will you do

    • Manage the growing design team of industrial designers, focusing on new product aesthetics and styling specialists, focusing on seasonal launches, special editions and co-branded products.
    • Build a strong team of amazing industrial designers and style specialists.
    • Inspire the design team and spark it with a quick sketch or creative preview. And guide them in a strong approach to design flagship products in a structured way.
    • In new product development projects, you will work closely with the Head of Product Management and Engineering as a leadership team, ensuring design quality throughout all stages of the project.
    • In Style Projects, you will work closely with the Brand Manager and Creative Director to grow Loop into a lifestyle brand by ensuring the quality of all special launches.
    • Improve internal product development processes by implementing or improving the way we work.
    • Responsible for product design guidelines and the bible, protecting the look and feel of all Loop products. An additional challenge here is that 99% of our sales are based internationally.
    • Review the work of designers to ensure high quality on all design projects.
    • Maintain brand consistency in all our marketing projects.
    • Liaise with marketing and design teams to ensure product development timelines are met.
    • Stay up to date with industry developments and trends.
    • Improve the design of existing products.
    • Control budgets and direct planning.
    • How will you do it:
    • +12 years of experience in industrial product design in the consumer goods industry
    • At least 4 years of experience in scaling, leading and developing teams
    • Premium brand experience required
    • Degree in industrial design, design or product development
    • Fluent English
    • You can work one day a week in our office in Antwerp – the rest of the week the choice of location is yours

         Why join us?

    We are the fastest growing technology company in Belgium (according to Deloitte – awarded October 2022), and we want you to grow and improve alongside us.

    Our culture? Our goal is to enable growth by giving our team complete autonomy to manage their own projects, be a thought leader and have a real impact on the business.

    We take care of our people. So we pay them what they are worth. Expect a competitive salary within the top 20% of market rate for your level of experience and potential.

    Also: Senegal. The location of our last team building… I’m just saying. Previous years spent in Iceland and Malta.

    Flexibility: For us, hybrid and flexible working is a matter of trust. And we trust you to continue your work, so there will be no micromanagement or looking over your shoulder from us.

    Benefits: Our benefits are aimed at taking care of your health and enabling you to live your life to the fullest. So everything from health insurance and retirement savings to meal vouchers, cruise credits and the latest tools is covered.


    Antwerp, Belgium

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    Creative Design, Creative Director, Creative Technologist, Design Director, Designer, Industrial Designer

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