JOB SUMMARY VTech Electronics, a global manufacturer of electronic educational toys, is looking for a bright, creative addition to our US Product Development team.
Our department handles all US-specific development of our toys and educational products, including writing and researching age-appropriate educational content, coordinating licensed operations, and communicating daily with Hong Kong-based designers, programmers and artists. The ideal candidate will have some familiarity with writing and editing, as well as game, toy, or software content and design. Excellent organizational skills and a strong sense of responsibility are key, as well as the ability to handle multiple projects at once.
REPORTING Reports to Director of Design & Content Development
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Work with Hong Kong-based designers to develop game content and curriculum that is educationally and creatively appropriate for the US market Work with Hong Kong team to balance creative and curriculum needs with technical restrictions Act as a liaison between licensors and Hong Kong team to ensure proper use of licensed property; balance licensor requirements with technical restrictions Work with overseas Product Development staff to coordinate localized international content Approve technical specifications for production of voice, music and sound effects Help select voice talent and oversee / direct voice recording sessions Review recorded voice files and provide guidance to Hong Kong software team Perform program testing and provide feedback to Hong Kong team Manage freelance educational consultants to align with internal product requirements Conduct and support market research efforts to test viability of content and game play Conduct competitive marketplace research to keep abreast of new development opportunities Attend educators conferences and seminars to stay up to date on education trends Help design and script market research demonstrations, in-store demos and trade show efforts Write and edit consumer manuals and product specifications Write and edit copy for marketing needs, including catalog, packaging and website materials Assist Sales and Marketing Departments with product demonstrations Assist Hong Kong-based design team in conceptualizing new product directions
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES 4-5 years of similar work experience in toy, game, software, education, writing / editing or similar field. BA/BS English, Education, Child Development, or related field is preferred Understanding of Microsoft Office applications Strong organization, communication and presentation skills Excellent writing/editing ability Strong creative abilities Software and/or game design experience a plus Licensing experience a plus