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Product Development Manager Position Open

Product Development Manager Position Open

Kings Mountain International, Inc. is an innovative partner for high end press plates and precision grinding through a wide variety of products, combined with the creativity to develop customized solutions.  Our directive has always been our sensitivity to the changing marketplace, the lifestyle of our customers and trends in fashion.  We listen to those in the industries we serve and have a dedication to providing innovative solutions to the most complex manufacturing challenges.

Our talented and experienced staff utilizes state of the art computer technology to present design variations and solutions before the production process begins.  Customized software and hardware are used to transfer our digital artwork to steel plates.  Digital chemical machinery guarantees a natural and consistent image reproduction throughout the manufacturing of the steel plates.  Kings Mountain International, Inc. utilizes the most modern texturing processes and provides excellent gloss, matte and depth consistency for our textured finishes.

Position Summary:  The Product Development Manager leads the Graphic Arts Department.  In addition, this position collaborates closely with our manufacturing leadership team and our sales team, focusing on meeting customer specifications.  The individual possesses drawing skills, creativity, technical aptitude and has a good sense of color, balance, and proportion.  He/she works with Spot Colors, as well as Process Colors and color separations and creates large format textures and gathers and translates customer requirements into actionable designs and production workflows.  He/she contributes a creative imagination for three-dimensional thinking to create embossing separations related to steel press plate development and finishing.  This individual works in partnership with external stakeholders to create unique customer products and is comfortable working in a manufacturing environment.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in Industrial or Graphic Design or related field; and a minimum of five to ten years related experience.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Bi-lingual in Spanish or Portuguese would be a plus.

Math Ability:

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, expansion rates, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. 

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of design software, image processing tools, and basic productivity suite applications.  Microsoft Office Suite is required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Manages two employees in the Graphic Arts. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.  Possesses strong team building skill.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus.

Visual Skills: 

Graphic design
Large format printing
Embossing separations
3-Dimensional thinking and visual acuity

Technical Skills:

Computer skills (graphics programs)
Able to convert customer requirements into designs/ production workflow instructions
Color Separation (Spot Colors, Process Colors)
Composition Skills:  writing articles for publication, speech writing

Artistic Skills:

Strong sense of color and style
Creative with design and color shading
Ability to use drawing skills to design styles
Acute visual skills with vision in 3-D
Can visualize overlaying process with multiple design overlays
Able to recognize and design textures to meet customer expectations/standards


*If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume to Joan Dorony at:

Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2018