Company

MISSION

Smart, nimble, and design-focused, Madesmart’s mission is to elevate the experience of organizing the modern home.

We create award winning products that are innovative and built to last. Our core of designers and engineers take a hands-on approach from ideation to manufacturing. This immersive sketch-to-completion method ensures that the product in your hands is a faithful representation of their original vision.

We pride ourselves in collaborating not only within our team but with buyers, retailers and consumers along the way. Our success is cultivated by building beautiful products, solid relationships, and trust in the Madesmart brand.

Please take a moment to look around and see how Madesmart® provides beautifully garnered solutions for your organizational needs.

Culture

OUR TEAM

Our team of enthusiastic, talented individuals are collectively impassioned to go above and beyond the expectations in everything we do.  Whether we’re working together to create innovative new designs, manufacturing at our highly skilled factories, managing our shipping and fulfillment relationships, or ultimately helping our customers get organized, we are passionate about every step.  We are proud of who we are and what we do everyday.

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Ashley

ACCOUNTANT
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart? My favorite thing about working at Madesmart is the creative culture and friendly work environment. Everyone’s input here is appreciated, regardless of title or position.
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?

When I am attempting to organize a room, I get rid of anything for which I cannot find a space or purpose. This helps eliminate clutter and unneeded items.

  1. What inspires you to organize?

My children and hectic lifestyle inspire me to organize. In order to keep my life as stress-free as possible, I need to be able to find things in a matter of minutes. Staying organized helps me do this.

  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?

My favorite Madesmart product is the stacking bath bin due to its versatility. I am constantly rearranging rooms in my house, so when this product is no longer needed in one room, there is always use for it in another space!

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Bruce

PROJECT MANAGER
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    My favorite thing about Madesmart is the culture of the company. I always look forward to going to work. My co-workers are fun, creative and very passionate about their work. It’s a very collaborative environment that encourages success and teamwork.
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    My wife works at an elementary school and uses the Divided Tote to hold markers and craft supplies for the kids.
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    I live in an old home with not a lot of closet and storage space. In these smaller houses finding creative and effective storage solutions make all the difference in the world.
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    My favorite Madesmart products are the Fridge/Pantry Bins. With family members coming and going at all hours the dry erase area lets everyone know at a glance what is “fair game” and what we are saving for upcoming meal prep!

 

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Devee

President/CEO
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    The best thing about working at Madesmart is being part of our talented and passionate team of individuals. We are always striving for excellence. Witnessing the team collectively seek improvement in every area of Madesmart is gratifying!
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    Organization never ends! It is a process that you continually invest time into, in all areas within the home. Tackling one area at a time lets you focus on optimizing it. Then constantly re-organizing helps to filter out the old from the new and to stay fresh and current.
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    Organizing achieves comfort. I am driven to organize because it ultimately brings me and my home to a peaceful state.
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    The Soft Drawer Collection. I love the functionality of the soft bottoms, and how beautifully the collection works as a system in my kitchen drawers.

 

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Hallie

SENIOR PRODUCT DESIGNER
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    Working in a place where people are truly excited talking about new ideas. There is such great enthusiasm and energy from everyone, and we really do pull together and collaborate well, especially when there are big challenges to handle.
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    What works best for me is to work within the 20/10 rule. 20 minutes of organizing/cleaning – 10 minutes of something fun. I don’t have the attention span otherwise.  Also labels.
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    Peace of mind. Also, I love my home, so when I organize and clean, I feel like it’s kind of like saying “thank you” to my home. 
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    Fridge/Pantry Bins! But I use them more in other parts of my house than the refrigerator.  I use them in our linen closet for first aid, extra makeup, etc…  They keep all those small things from taking over the entire space, plus I can label the bins, so I have no excuse to not put things back where they belong.
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Jason

PRODUCT ENGINEER
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    Everyone very earnestly wants to know which Hogwarts house you would belong to.
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    Gather similar things together so you can see how big that pile is. Then find a container the same size as that pile. One thing down, keep going!
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    Finding 7 half-empty boxes of Band-Aids when I’m looking for lint rollers (which I am unable to find).
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    The Stacking Bin. It’s so simple and elegant and super handy!
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Julie

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    The people!  I enjoy the team environment and the collaboration amongst teammates. 
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    Because I am short, I cannot reach stuff from the closet shelves.  So I use bins and baskets to put my stuff in so that I can pull it off the shelf and get what I need.
  1. What inspires you to organize? 
    To be able to find what I need when I need it and not have to sift through a cluttered mess of stuff.  Plus it looks nice!
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    That is a loaded question!  It is a tie for two things.  I am a huge fan of the Fridge/Pantry Bins.  They help me keep my foods separated and easy to access.  I am a big fan of the Two Level Storage because I can easily store common things together.  I am also a fan of the Undersink Drip Tray.  It is great to have my cleaning products on the drip tray as they make a mess out of the bottom shelf otherwise!
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Kalia

INTERNATIONAL SALES MANAGER
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    Working with innovative products. In addition, being in a business culture that is very creative and flexible.
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    I might be a level 3 type hoarder so it always helps to go through piles of “important paper or keepsakes” and then go through it again within a month.
  2. What inspires you to organize?
    My daughter complaining in my ear….weekly. On a serious note; having a small house inspires me to find cool ways to decorate and organize as well as minimize clutter.
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    Currently the Drying Dish Rack and Elevated Drain Board. The look is very clean, simple and modern.
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Karen

SALES ADMINISTRATOR
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    Alex
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    Don’t procrastinate. If you postpone things that take a few minute to clean/organize, it adds up and suddenly you’re looking at several hours to clear your clutter.
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    Watching the show “Hoarders”
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    The Divided Tote.  The design and functionality is brilliant!
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Kat

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    My down-to-earth but extremely hard-working coworkers. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with them everyday!
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    Reusing old colorful/graphic tea canisters to hold makeup and makeup brushes is a quick way to add a little personality to your space!
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    The sense of clarity and balance that it brings. I’m a neat freak so that feeling you get when you know everything is exactly where it needs to be is satisfying.
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    The Divided Tote. It’s incredibly versatile and the frosted bin helps to conceal the contents. It also spins for easy access! Which I love when it’s used in a cupboard or other tight spaces. I think it’s genius.
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Katie

PLANNING AND PURCHASING MANAGER
  1. What is your favorite part about working at Madesmart?
    My favorite part of working at Madesmart is the wonderfully creative people I get to interact with every day!  We have a fun and collaborative environment, and every member of our team is recognized as being a contributor to the success of Madesmart!
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    I have many favorite products, but one of my favorite is the Adjustable Hanging Storage.  My daughter hangs this in a cabinet in her bathroom.  It keeps her everyday items out of sight but easily accessible.
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Khou

SALES ACCOUNT SPECIALIST
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    Love the people I work with. They are so inspiring! Oh yea, I also love our get-togethers and happy hours.
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    The turntables are perfect for storing beauty and hair care products. With a spin, my favorite facial cleanser, moisturizer, lotion or dry shampoo are easily accessible.
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    Life, my mom and the boyfriend
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    My best friend is the Small Drying Mat. We have been through so much together. I know that it will always be there for me – in my happy and hangry moments. She cushions and protects everything.
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Megan

QUALITY ASSURANCE SPECIALIST
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    The family and friendly atmosphere.
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    I place my kitchen items by how often I use them, with everyday items easy to access on the first few shelves and least used items on the top shelves.
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    Being a homeowner, excess clutter in my house inspires me to organize. Getting rid of unwanted or unclean items instantly makes my home more clean and welcoming.
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why? 
    My favorite Madesmart product is the Divided Tote because it’s so versatile. I keep my essential cat items in it:  hair brush, clippers, treats, lint roller, and Febreze.  Having everything to groom my cats in one easy to store and turn items is convenient and time saving.
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Nicole

IMPORT/EXPORT ADMINISTRATOR
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    The cohesive atmosphere! The group that we have works so well together!
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    Decide on specific locations for items and always put it back in the same place once you are done using it. That way, you know where everything is!
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    My schedule. This may seem like an interesting answer. I always seem to be running from one thing to the next. Having an organized house helps me with my time management! When I’m in a hurry, which is most of the time, it helps not having to spend a lot of time trying to find things. When things are organized in my house, I know exactly where everything is!
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    Our Collapsible Dish Rack! Our kitchen at home is small and does not have a dishwasher. The Collapsible Dish Rack fits perfectly into our sink! Being able to use the sink space to dry dishes helps to us free up the small amount of countertop space we have for other things!
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Nina

PRODUCT DESIGNER
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?

My favorite thing about working at Madesmart is the community. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly.

2. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?

Decluttering. I like to get rid of things often so that I can always see what’s in my cabinets and drawers and unused things don’t just sit around making it harder to find what I need.

 

3. What inspires you to organize?

My sanity. It’s hard to stay focused on what needs to be done when my area is a mess!

 

4. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?

I love the interlocking bins. They’re great for my tiny apartment and allow me to organize my things exactly how I want them, especially my tea!

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Reem

SENIOR PRODUCT DESIGNER
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    Having the opportunity to be creative and invent new products every day! Also, my co-workers rock!
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    I love our baskets and clear bins. Every inch of my linen closet is organized because of them.
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    When I can’t find something that I need, I seek out ways to organize an entire system. For example, I couldn’t find my lipstick the other day, so I wound up finding organizers and creating a whole new environment for all of my makeup.
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    It’s a toss-up between our Two Level Storage and our Adjustable Shower Caddy. I couldn’t live without both!
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Renee

CUSTOMER SERVICE, DISTRIBUTION, AND LOGISTICS MANAGER
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    Being part of such a successful creative team.
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    Living in Minnesota requires 4 seasons of clothing needs. I use an over the door hanging fabric shoe organizer on the inside of  my entry area closet to store gloves, mittens, scarves, rain poncho’s, collapsible umbrellas,  dog  sweaters harnesses , leashes, etc. you can easily put multiple sets of mittens and gloves in one shoe slot. My family loves the convenience and I love that everything is super easy to find and out if site at the same time. We go one step further and organize things by person and height so everyone can easily reach what they need.
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    A very busy lifestyle.
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    I love the Two Level Storage! I have many in my home. I use them in my linen closet, pantry, bathroom, and even my freezers.
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Sarah

QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?   I love the products and our team. We are one big family that cares about what we sell.
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip? 
    Put your things away in the correct spot right away.  Don’t tell yourself you will do it later. You probably won’t.
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    My small house.  There is no room for clutter.
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why? 
    I have 2 favorites:

    • Drying Mats: Use them all the time for my dog. For bath time, grooming and at the vet on the cold slippery table. I left several at my vet – they use them all the time. Just wash n’ dry and they are ready for the next patient.
    • Small and Medium Baskets: They fit great on my shelves and holds anything
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Stephanie

FINANCIAL PRICING MANAGER
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at Madesmart?
    My favorite thing about working at Madesmart is when I get to take new products and concepts home to test. I also enjoy how innovative our company is, always brainstorming ideas and involving the entire company in new products and changes.  The environment is always fun, energetic, and positive.
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?
    The simple task of placing items in different sized bins will keep a shelf and drawer look organized.
  1. What inspires you to organize?
    My inspiration to organize comes from the clean, fresh look it results in. I feel less stressed in an organized environment and it helps me remember where an item is later on resulting in less time lost looking for the item (or money buying another item).
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?
    My favorite Madesmart product is the Divided Tote. I use this in a variety of locations around my house. It helps to organize spices as well as making my hair products easily accessible from the back of a shelf. I also really enjoy the dry mats and often use them for my pets water dishes.
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Susan

DATA MANAGEMENT AND SOURCING SPECIALIST 
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at MadeSmart?

    We are so inclusive. Anyone can sit down to lunch with anyone.

  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip? 

    Storing smaller clothing items like socks, bras, and underwear in theStacking Bath Bin.

  1. What inspires you to organize?

    Having a shipshape life – everything in place so I can reach my goals on the horizon and take care of my crew.

  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?

    Everything in the fridge/pantry line! The depth of standard refrigerators causes us to lose money because we forget about food we’ve bought and it goes bad before we find it.  Organizing food by category or by meal in the bins is a genius idea for keeping track of what you buy and simplifying meal prep.

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Taylor

PRODUCT ENGINEER
  1. What is your favorite thing about working at MadeSmart?When we get to figure out new prototyping challenges or have extensive Skype convos about sociology and science fiction.
  1. Can you share your favorite home organization tip?                 My mom taught me that if you put things away as you use them, you never have to clean up afterward. My dad taught me that the job’s not done until your gear’s clean.
  1. What inspires you to organize? I have four human and two critter roommates. If we didn’t keep things clean and organized, things would quickly devolve into a salvage yard/cage fight.
  1. What is your favorite Madesmart product and why?                 I love the bamboo bins. They’re simple and beautiful which makes them great for organizing stuff that needs to be in plain sight or easily accessible.

Careers

About Us:

Madesmart® is a housewares company focused on design. We started in 1990 with the original Junk Drawer Organizer®. Our mission is to elevate the experience organizing your home. We continually strive to develop new, innovative solutions for home organization, while staying true to our four key values: style, function, quality, and affordability.

We are the leader in home storage and organization offering over 300 products. At madesmart®, we believe that when you create a beautifully designed, useful product, it will make the act of getting organized enjoyable and fun. We believe that there is a peace of mind that comes along with knowing you will always find what you are looking for quickly and easily this is what we aim to provide.

We pride ourselves in collaborating not only within our team but with buyers, retailers and consumers along the way. Our success is cultivated by building beautiful products, solid relationships, and trust in the madesmart® brand.

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Sales Assistant

Do you get excited about trends, products, and new emerging products? Do want to see the results of your work at major retailers? Are you excited about the idea of working with a highly collaborative, fast moving team to make a difference in retail? If you answered yes, then this might be a fantastic opportunity for you!
Madesmart® is looking for a sales assistant who is collaborative, intelligent, and has a strong passion for their work.

Based in Saint Paul, you will join our team of designers, engineers, finance, and operations to develop and pitch programs for retailers such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Wal-Mart, and Lowe’s. As a sales assistant, you will partner very closely with the sales team to strategize and develop programs to provide newness and excitement to our customers. We are seeking someone to join our dynamic culture of exceptional problem solvers, creatives, and collaborators. We strive to create an environment where every day is challenging, fun, and rewarding. Visit our website at www.madesmart.com to discover more about our team, culture, and mission.

Job Description:

Madesmart® is looking for a Sales Assistant who is, collaborative, energetic, motivated, supportive and a go-getter.

As a member of our team, you collaborate with our in house designers, engineers, finance, and operations to develop and maintain close partnerships with major retails such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Wal-Mart, and TJX Companies.

As a Sales Assistant, you will partner very closely with the sales team to complete projects that drive growth. This is not your typical “sales” job! We are seeking someone to join our dynamic culture of exceptional problem solvers, creatives, and collaborators. We strive to create an environment where every day is challenging, fun, fast-paced and rewarding.

Visit our website at www.madesmart.com to discover more about our team, culture, and mission.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Provide support with trend, market, and category research to help drive sales and account growth
• Assist with new item set up via Microsoft Excel and/or vendor portals
• Create sales presentations and price lists
• Manage and respond to customer service inquiries in a timely and courteous manner
• Support the sales team with day-to-day projects, i.e., data entry, printing, samples
• Update customer set up sheets
• Any other responsibilities as required by the sales team

Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Proactive, strong verbal communication
• Excellent writing skills
• Two plus years of marketing, business, or related experience preferred
• Detail-oriented with exceptional follow-through and project management skills
• Strong analytical, organization, and critical thinking skills
• Ability to work effectively within a team and independently
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Data management experience a plus

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Location:

Saint Paul, MN 55104

Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, or related field

Interested:

Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to Bruce Dressen at Bruce@madesmart.com.

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Sales Account Manager

Do you get excited about trends, fashion, and new emerging products? Do you feel comfortable blazing new trails to find new clients, managing projects, and working in a fast-paced environment? If you answered yes, then this might be a great opportunity for you!

Madesmart® is looking for a Sales Account Manager, who is collaborative, intelligent, and has a strong passion for their work.

Based in Saint Paul, you will join our team of designers, engineers, finance, and operations to develop and maintain close partnerships with several of our national retail accounts. As a Sales Account Manager, you will partner very closely with the CEO with the overall goal of managing key retailer relationships and helping drive business growth. This is not your typical “sales” job! We are seeking someone to join our dynamic culture of exceptional problem solvers, creatives, and collaborators. We strive to create an environment where every day is challenging, fun, and rewarding. Visit our website at www.madesmart.com to discover more about our team, culture, and mission.

You will:

  • Assist in the ongoing relationships with buyers and other retail partners in order to help manage day to day customer service – as assigned by CEO
  • Help develop and open new accounts to drive growth of new business
  • Conduct category research through store visits, trend research, and online search engines
  • Support margin and sales/pricing analysis working in partnership with CEO and Finance department
  • Attend buyer/retail partner meetings as needed
  • Assist and develop sales presentations and proposals- including PowerPoint presentations, product and sales summaries and pricing analysis
  • Partner closely with Madesmart® design team – in the development and execution of new product, packaging, and graphic designs, as needed.
  • Manage details of yearly trade show preparation- including logistics details, setup, and promotional opportunities
  • Travel will be required – the desired candidate will be excited and eager to travel.
  • Assist in a variety of other marketing and sales assistance as needed

You are:

  • A graduate in Marketing, Business or other related field with 6-10 years of professional sales and account management experience.
  • Microsoft office proficient: emphasis on Powerpoint and Excel
  • A self-starter, great communicator and relationship facilitator- both verbally and in writing.
  • Detail-oriented with exceptional follow-through and project management skills.
  • Have the capabilities and knowledge to partner with finance on pricing proposals and data.
  • Willing to perform prospecting, cold calling, lead qualification and follow up to execution as needed.
  • A solid team player, problem solver and someone who can work well in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

We can offer you:

  • The opportunity to work with some of the largest retailers in the US
  • A fun and energetic work environment, filled with amazing people
  • A wide range of responsibilities and opportunities to learn hands-on experience
  • The chance to shape your career while contributing to the growth of the company
  • An inspiring, comfortable and healthy workspace
  • Madesmart® is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer competitive benefits and salary commensurate with experience.

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Location:

Saint Paul, MN 55104

Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, or related field

Interested?

Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to Bruce Dressen at Bruce@madesmart.com

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International Sales Account Manager

Do trends, fashion, and new emerging products excite you? Do you feel comfortable managing projects, communicating with clients, and working in a fast-paced environment? If you answered yes, then the following might be a great opportunity for you!

Madesmart® is currently looking for an International Sales Account Manager to drive international business and globally grow the brand. The International Business Sales Manager’s main responsibility will be to identify, research, and confidently build relationships with new and existing Madesmart Customers, Distributor’s and Managing Representatives of accounts.

Based in Saint Paul, you will experience the joy of working closely with a collaborative team of in-house designers, engineers, finance managers, and a full business operations team. As an International Sales Account Manager, you will partner and work closest with Madesmart’s sales team and report directly to the CEO.

The International Business Sales Manager will be responsible for developing and maintaining close partnerships with major international distributors and retailers such as Ace Hardware International, Costco, TJMaxx and True Value. This position will require you to be a self-motivated, team oriented, passionate and driven individual.

Visit our website at www.madesmart.com to discover more about our team, culture, and mission.

You will:

  • Manage the ongoing relationships with buyers, retailer/reps and distributor partners by managing the day to day emails and phone calls.
  • Strategize with CEO and sales team to develop new accounts to drive growth of new business.
  • Conduct category research through store visits, trend research, and online search engines.
  • Achieve financial goals by working with our finance department to build strong margins that work for the customer and the company.
  • Attend buyer/retail partner meetings with CEO as needed.
  • Develop sales presentations and proposals- including PowerPoint presentations, product sales summaries, and pricing lists.
  • Partner closely with Madesmarts Project Manager and design team – in the development and execution of new product, packaging, and graphic designs.
  • Some travel will be required – the desired candidate will be excited and eager to travel – both international and domestic for tradeshows.
  • Negotiate contracts, agreements, and allowances
  • Strategically plan and launch product in developing countries by partnering with buyers and distribution centers

You are:

  • A graduate in Marketing, International Business and/or other related field with at least 5 to 8 years of professional sales and/or account management experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office: Emphasis on PowerPoint and Excel
  • A self-starter, and driver in their own work.
  • Strong Verbal and Written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented with exceptional follow-through and project management skills.
  • Have the capabilities and knowledge to partner with finance on pricing proposals and market data.
  • Willing to do what is needed to gain a customer which could include; prospecting, occasional cold calling, lead qualification and follow up to execution as needed.
  • A solid team player, problem solver and someone who can work well in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
  • Database management experience a plus.
  • Able to maintain a current passport and travel overseas.
  • Bilingual-Proficient in Spanish /French a plus

We can offer you:

  • The opportunity to work with some of the largest retailers and distributors abroad
  • A fun and energetic work environment, filled with dedicated professionals
  • A wide range of responsibilities and opportunities to give you hands-on experience
  • The chance to shape your career while contributing to the growth of the company
  • An inspiring, comfortable and healthy workspace
  • Madesmart® is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer competitive benefits and salary commensurate with experience.

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Location:

Saint Paul, MN 55104

Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree in marketing, international business, or related field

Interested?

Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to Bruce Dressen- Bruce@madesmart.com.

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GRAPHIC DESIGN ASSISTANT

Do you get excited about trends, products, and new emerging products? Do want to collaborate with a talented, fast paced team to get products to market at major retailers while expanding your skills as a designer? If you answered yes, then this might be a great opportunity for you!

Madesmart® is looking for a graphic design assistant who is collaborative, intelligent, and has a strong passion for their work.

Based in Saint Paul, you will join our team of designers, engineers, finance, and operations to assist in product design and packaging for retailers such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Wal-Mart, and Lowe’s. As a graphic design assistant, you will partner very closely with the design and sales team with the overall goal of bringing products to market. We are seeking someone to join our dynamic culture of exceptional problem solvers, creatives, and collaborators. We strive to create an environment where every day is challenging, fun, and rewarding. Visit our website at www.madesmart.com to discover more about our team, culture, and mission.

 Overview:

Responsible for providing support for graphics and packaging design, photography, online promotional materials, and other materials throughout the design process.  Collaborate to deliver designs that reinforce the overall brand identity, concept, and business strategy; encompassing style, color/print and graphic design for new and existing product lines.  Utilize knowledge of trends and consumer needs to provide input

 Essential Functions:

 Support for Senior Graphic Designer

  • Collaborate with Senior Graphic Designer to create layouts, packaging concepts and dielines.
  • Provide support during photoshoot planning and process, including preliminary prop styling, assistance at photoshoots, and photo editing
  • Work with design and marketing team to ensure that deliverables are completed in a timely and organized manner
  • Work with Design and Sales to create presentation layouts, mock packaging, and other projects as needed.
  • Communicate directly with outside vendors to source projects as requested.

Packaging

  • Design cost efficient, high impact packaging solutions for the Madesmart product line.
  • Collaborate with CEO, Design, and Marketing teams in concept development and during execution stages of the packaging development process.
  • Prepare press- ready files that can be easily understood by a third-party printer.

Trend and Research

  • Maintain library of materials and examples.
  • Stay up to date on graphic design and packaging trends to ensure the brand is positioned competitively.

Sales Support

  • Create packaging mock-ups for client presentations.
  • Work with major retailers and follow guidelines for private label packaging and displays.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in Graphic Design or related field with 1-5 years professional experience preferred
  • Demonstrated experience/portfolio with hands on experience preparing a variety of consumer packaging concepts
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively during creative process – staying open to feedback with willingness to shift direction as marketplace demands.
  • Solid understanding of print processes.
  • Strong sense of design, typography, and color plus a passion for retail and consumer packaged goods.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Adobe programs – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills, including attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills – ability to listen to feedback and interpret it visually.

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Location:

Saint Paul, MN 55104

Interested?

Interested candidates should submit resume, portfolio and cover letter to Bruce Dressen at Bruce@madesmart.com.

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