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Design

Product OwnerApply

 

We're on the hunt for a passionate Product Owner to join our tight-knit team of developers and designers in an award-winning digital startup in East London. You will help innovate and execute product initiatives across the company.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the ideation, technical development, and launch of innovative products that blend physical and digital experiences
  • Establish shared vision across the company by building consensus on priorities leading to product execution
  • Drive product development with a team of world-class engineers and designers
  • Integrate usability studies, research and market analysis into product requirements to enhance user satisfaction
  • Define and analyse metrics that inform the success of products
  • Maximise efficiency in a constantly evolving environment where the process is fluid and creative solutions are the norm

Skills

  • 3+ years product management experience
  • Delivery of entire products from start to finish
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills
  • Exceptional organisational and analytical skills
  • Understanding of physical and digital experiences
  • Experience designing simple and intuitive user interfaces – ability to create examples through wireframes and mockups
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, start-up environment

Bonus Points

  • Experience in developing hardware and digital products
  • Experience in toys and gaming

Salary

  • £40,000 to £45,000 mid level
UX DesignerApply

 

We're on the hunt for a passionate User Experience Designer to join our tight-knit team of developers and designers in an award-winning digital startup in East London. You will be responsible for prototyping and user testing interactive digital and real world experiences.

Responsibilities

  • Take broad, conceptual ideas and turn them into something useful and valuable for our users
  • Design flows and experiences that are incredibly simple and elegant
  • Design studies that address both user behavior and attitudes
  • Conduct research using a wide variety of qualitative methods and a subset of quantitative methods, such as surveys
  • Generate insights that both fuel ideation and evaluate designs
  • Work closely with the product team to identify research topics
  • Communicate results and illustrate suggestions in compelling and creative ways

Skills

  • Excellent communication skills to clearly articulate design decisions
  • Experience in designing, gathering, analysing and presenting data from user testing
  • Experience in building and shipping applications, software or hardware
  • Experience with Application Design, Visual Design, and Interaction Design
  • Demonstrated experience with end-to-end (hybrid UX and UI) product design
  • Portfolio featuring examples of interaction design work

Bonus Points

  • Experience in developing hardware and digital products
  • Experience in toys and gaming

Salary

  • £30,000 to £40,000 mid level

We work pretty hard and your thoughts and ideas are likely to be challenged by everyone in the team, including Eukene in design, Michael in software, Cyrille in operations, and Joachim in execution. At the same time, Tak will get you doing sports, Tim will make sure you can have a go at board games and Giulio & Morten will give us plenty of new music to listen to.

As a young company, the best way to fare here will be by forming bonds with other employees (who come from completely different disciplines to yours), take initiative to pursue your instincts and ideas, and to drive the company forward.

We value optimism, collaboration, sense of ownership, the ability to embrace ambiguity, talk-less-do-more attitude, learning from failure, and making the team successful. If you identify with our values and want to contribute to our company, we’d love to have you in. 

For extra credit, send us a sample of something that’s good, and send us a sample of something that’s great. Not something you created, and no explanation needed.

Get more information and follow SAMlabs on:

www.samlabs.com

Youtube: bit.ly/1r3JDh4

FB: facebook.com/samlabs

Tw: @Samlabs

Executive Team

Head of EducationApply

We're on the hunt for a passionate Head of Education to join SAM (www.samlabs.com), our award winning tight-knit team in East London. You will be responsible for leading the newly-created education department, working with teachers, schools, districts, states, distributors, partners, influencers and governmental institutions to promote STEAM through the use of SAM. We are changing the way kids learn essential 21st Century skills and you will help us go full-steam ahead.

Responsibilities

  • Run the educational unit of SAM Labs with full P&L and managerial responsibilities
  • Formulate and communicate the brand’s educational strategy
  • Use the unit’s internal resources to develop and produce educational offering in line with strategy to expand and better serve our clients
  • Lead growth in education unit and deliver against sales targets
  • Drive agenda of using SAM Labs in classrooms in key markets
  • Provide and execute thought leadership within our category
  • Represent company on all levels and during a variety of events
  • Drive messaging and collaborate with the marketing team to create content that engages our target audiences
  • Define and develop educational content (lesson plans, curriculum, projects)
  • Be a part of the leadership team

Skills

  • Detailed understanding of the US and/or UK educational markets with a demonstrated ability to engage and influence education community at all levels
  • Extended knowledge of current education and pedagogy strategies with the use of technology
  • Excellent communication skills to clearly articulate the brand’s educational vision
  • Experience in defining and spearheading the educational strategy
  • Experience in managing teams, getting the most out of every team member
  • Experience in designing, gathering, analysing and presenting data
  • Ability to work in a flexible, ever-changing entrepreneurial environment

Background

  • 10+ years of experience within the education sector, whether in government, within an edtech company, publishing company, or a school
  • M.A. in related field

Salary

  • £70,000 to £90,000



Director of MarketingApply

We're on the hunt for a passionate Director of Marketing to join SAM (www.samlabs.com) our award winning tight-knit startup East London. You will be responsible for shaping the SAM brand through relentless work ethic and a mastery of bringing some of the most innovative ideas to life.  

You are passionate about all forms of storytelling, cross-platform narrative, social media, and innovative experiential marketing. You are a leader of ideation, developing, pitching, selling and driving new and engaging ways to experience SAM. As a member of the leadership team, you represent the consumer and use this voice to help shape the company strategy. You will leverage consumer and user insights, market trends, and competitor data to inform marketing plans, develop briefs and execute campaigns.

Responsibilities

  • Own the SAM brand, building it into a world-renowned toy brand
  • Manage consumer toy unit of SAM Labs with full P&L and managerial responsibilities
  • Define communication strategy across channels
  • Collaborate with the Head of Product on developing consumer offering in line with strategy
  • Lead growth in consumer unit and deliver against sales targets
  • Provide and execute thought leadership within our category
  • Represent SAM Labs on all levels and during a variety of events
  • Define and deliver messaging, proposition and content that engages our target audiences
  • Attend and oversee key consumer events around the world
  • Deliver critical analysis based on consumer insights and campaign objectives
  • Be a part of the leadership team

Skills

  • Detailed understanding of the US and/or UK toy and game markets with a demonstrated ability to engage and influence audiences within
  • Experience across and a understanding of a variety of marketing disciplines
  • Proven success in defining and delivering world class marketing campaigns
  • Experience with creative, production and project management
  • Excellent communication skills to clearly articulate the brand’s vision
  • Experience in managing teams, getting the most out of every team member
  • Experience in designing, gathering, analysing and presenting data
  • Ability to work in a flexible, ever-changing entrepreneurial environment

Background

  • 10+ years of experience within relevant sectors: Toy, Gaming, Children’s entertainment
  • B.A. in related field

Salary

  • £70,000 to £90,000
VP of OperationsApply

We’re looking for a VP of Operations who gets pleasure from solving operational challenges at all company levels to join our executive team in this new exciting phase of growth.

You will report directly to the CEO and have the freedom to take executive decisions with our Head of Sales & Marketing, Head of Product, and Head of Supply Chain. You will be accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of SAM while being directly seconded by our meticulous financial controller and bubbly office manager.

You will:

Strategize: Assist in formulating the company's future direction and supporting tactical initiatives

Manage: Develop and maintain strong and confidential relationships with the CEO.

Finance: Forecast cash flow positions, related borrowing needs, available funds for investment, annual budget

Finance: Ensure that sufficient funds are available to meet ongoing operational and capital requirements by maintaining banking relationships and assisting the CEO in fundraising

Finance: Plan and Manage the Financial budget, monthly financial analysis and monthly reporting

Finance: Assist CEO in the compilation of the board pack and periodic reporting

Finance: Create and maintain an ‘active data-room’ for all corporate information

Operate: Organize and lead the executive team meetings every week, month and quarter

Operate: Manage, maintain and improve our internal management system (OKR)

Operate: Oversee HR, Recruitment, Bargaining with suppliers, Legal, and Internal operations

Operate: Actively manage Supply Chain, Operations and IT teams

Operate: Maintain all necessary operating compliances such as First Aid, Health and Safety, Insurances, Environmental etc.

Operate: Work with department heads and senior management to understand development and training needs of all staff

SAM Labs builds award-winning construction kits, inventive toys for children 7+ to learn 21st century skills through play. SAM Labs is one of London’s fastest growing tech startups, and is a part of Tech City Upscale, Go to Grow, [email protected], TED, Microsoft Accelerator and Intel Accelerator. SAM is revolutionising and democratising STEM education, hands-on learning, and the way people think about technology.

You have

  • Master’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration (or equivalent)
  • You’re a go-getter and a hustler. You’re ambitious and you’ll do what it takes to achieve success in your role
  • 5+ years experience in COO, VP of Operations or Director of Operations
  • Experience in partnering with an executive team
  • You have a love for data analysis and an obsession with the behaviour of people.
  • General management mentality in viewing the company and its operations.
  • Experience in communicating to all stakeholders including senior management, board members, customers, partners and the financial community
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • The habit of taking ownership for the success of a business beyond the operation function

Salary: 110k per annum

You will enjoy a stimulating environment, a competitive salary, and meaningful equity by joining SAM.

We work pretty hard and your thoughts and ideas are likely to be challenged by everyone in the team, including Eukene in design, Michael in software, Cyrille in operations, and Joachim in execution. At the same time, Tak will get you doing sports, Tim will make sure you can have a go at board games and Giulio & Morten will give us plenty of new music to listen to.

As a young company, the best way to fare here will be by forming bonds with other employees (who come from completely different disciplines to yours), take initiative to pursue your instincts and ideas, and to drive the company forward.

We value optimism, collaboration, sense of ownership, the ability to embrace ambiguity, talk-less-do-more attitude, learning from failure, and making the team successful. If you identify with our values and want to contribute to our company, we’d love to have you in. 

For extra credit, send us a sample of something that’s good, and send us a sample of something that’s great. Not something you created, and no explanation needed.

Get more information and follow SAMlabs on:

www.samlabs.com

Youtube: bit.ly/1r3JDh4

FB: facebook.com/samlabs

Tw: @Samlabs

 

Product

Unity Games DeveloperApply

SAM Labs is on the hunt for a passionate Unity Developer to join our tight-knit team of developers and designers in an award-winning digital startup in East London. You will be responsible for developing interactive digital and real world experiences on mobile.

SAM Labs builds award-winning construction kits, inventive toys for children 7+ to learn 21st century skills through play. SAM Labs is one of London’s fastest growing tech startups, and is a part of Tech City Upscale, Go to Grow, [email protected], TED, Microsoft Accelerator and Intel Accelerator. SAM is revolutionising and democratising STEM education, hands-on learning, and the way people think about technology. 

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Product team including designers and other developers to build amazing products
  • Contribute to the Tech team by sharing your knowledge with the team and applying your experience
  • Deliver high quality, well-structured and commented code
  • Design, architect and implement game features
  • Take an active part in game creation and specification
  • Maintain and optimize new and existing game features
  • Highly collaborative, share knowledge and help colleagues

Skills

  • Passion for game development but you can build products and experiences
  • Develop excellent mobile games for iOS and Android using Unity with C#
  • Must be proficient with C# with a deep understanding of object-orientated programming
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in creating Unity games
  • Extended knowledge of Unity to create both 2D and 3D games
  • Thorough knowledge of graphics, optimisation, performance issues and tradeoffs
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • Game development experience
  • Excellent teamwork skills, flexibility, and ability to handle multiple tasks

Bonus Points

  • Writing shaders and knowledge in 3D math / algorithms
  • Changes or optimisation of rendering engines
  • OpenGL for mobile devices

We work pretty hard and your thoughts and ideas are likely to be challenged by everyone in the team, including Eukene in design, Michael in software, Cyrille in operations, and Joachim in execution. At the same time, Tak will get you doing sports, Tim will make sure you can have a go at board games and Giulio & Morten will give us plenty of new music to listen to.

As a young company, the best way to fare here will be by forming bonds with other employees (who come from completely different disciplines to yours), take initiative to pursue your instincts and ideas, and to drive the company forward.

We value optimism, collaboration, sense of ownership, the ability to embrace ambiguity, talk-less-do-more attitude, learning from failure, and making the team successful. If you identify with our values and want to contribute to SAM, we’d love to have you.

Sales and Marketing

Business Development ManagerApply

SAM Labs is looking for a Business Development Manager to work with the Head of Sales & Marketing to drive rapid growth in the booming technology industry. The role will focus on building strategic partnerships, while working alongside the SAM Sales Team.

SAM Labs builds award-winning construction kits, inventive toys for children 7+ to learn 21st century skills through play. SAM Labs is one of London’s fastest growing tech startups, and is a part of Tech City Upscale, Go to Grow, [email protected], TED, Microsoft Accelerator and Intel Accelerator. SAM is revolutionising and democratising STEM education, hands-on learning, and the way people think about technology. 

You will focus on developing and growing our business by building relationships, identifying new opportunities and closing deals. Your combination of strategic thinking and sharp execution, powered by your relentless ambition and energy will help our business reach stretch targets. You will be a results-driven, growthobsessed opportunity hunter, who gets their thrills from identifying and capturing new opportunities, and we want to hear from you!

 

Responsibilities

  • Identifying new business opportunities within digital retail (e-commerce, resellers, marketplaces, etc.)
  • Generating new leads, pitching our products to new clients and closing deals

  • Delivering consistent month on month revenue growth
  • Managing and prioritising your pipeline
  • Building proposals suited to clients’ needs with the support of Marketing and Design
  • Reporting and providing feedback on channel progress

 

Skills & Qualifications

  • 3+ years experience in sales, preferably within a high-growth technology startup
  • A proven track record of exceeding targets
  • Familiarity with CRM and pipeline management with an understanding of financial planning and forecasting
  • An undergraduate degree
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines and manage multiple projects
  • A strong work ethic with an eagerness to learn
  • An ear for language and an eye for detail

 

We work pretty hard and your thoughts and ideas are likely to be challenged by everyone in the team, including Eukene in design, Michael in software, Cyrille in operations, and Joachim in execution. At the same time, Tak will get you doing sports, Tim will make sure you can have a go at board games and Giulio & Morten will give us plenty of new music to listen to.

As a young company, the best way to fare here will be by forming bonds with other employees (who come from completely different disciplines to yours), take initiative to pursue your instincts and ideas, and to drive the company forward.

We value optimism, collaboration, sense of ownership, the ability to embrace ambiguity, talk-less-do-more attitude, learning from failure, and making the team successful. If you identify with our values and want to contribute to SAM, we’d love to have you.

Get more information and follow SAMlabs on:

www.samlabs.com

Youtube: bit.ly/1r3JDh4

FB: facebook.com/samlabs

Tw: @Samlabs

Sales Officer InternApply

SAM Labs is an award-winning Internet of Things toolkit and one of London’s fastest growing tech startups. SAM Labs is part of Tech City Upscale, [email protected], TED. SAM is revolutionizsing and democratizing Education, Fast prototyping, Interaction Design, Tangible Interfaces, and the way people think about technology.

You will part of the Sales & Marketing team, working alongside the Head of Sales & Marketing, to encourage rapid growth in this booming industry. You will learn the to leverage the existing community of SAM users and turning it in to a valuable asset for the brand. We are moving at high speed, and will provide you with immense opportunities for initiative, creativity and leadership. You will be part of a highly international team of motivated and talented people changing the shape of local logistics.

Responsibilities

• Understand consumer existing and potential wants and needs

• Visit potential customers for new business and demo the SAM kits

• Provide customers with quotations and information

• Negotiate the terms of an agreement and close sales

• Gather market and customer information and provide feedback on buying trends

• Represent SAM at trade exhibitions, events and demonstrations

• Identify new markets and business opportunities

• Record sales information for accounts

• Understand our brand style/voice and know to translate and expand it verbally

Skills & Qualifications

• A degree in marketing, sales, business, product or communication

• Strong communication skills

• Previous experience in sales or customer service

• Goal oriented with a competitive streak

• Persistent and resilient

• Optimistic and enthusiastic

• A strong work ethic with an eagerness to learn

We work pretty hard and your thoughts and ideas are likely to be challenged by everyone in the team, including Jacob in design, Kevin in software, Cyrille in operations, and Joachim in execution. At the same time, Chiara will try to get people to do sports, Tim will make sure you can have a go at board games and Giulio will give us plenty of new music to listen to.

 

Salary: £1,250 per month

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