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VP of ProductApply

SAM Labs are looking for an exceptional VP of Product and UX to lead up their Design team of over 6 talented Interaction, Industrial, Graphic, Game and Product designers.

You will lead the product vision and manage its implementation. You will be a critical member of the executive team: managing, guiding, and developing the design team with extensive amounts of executive freedom to run the teams as you see fit to encourage, motivate, and enthuse them. You will report directly to the CEO, working in symbiosis with the VP of Engineering, and in unison with the Head of Sales and Marketing.

You:

  • Have managed and grown world-class design teams for more than 5 years
  • Have background in the Digital Gaming and/or Toy industry
  • Have a strong understanding and sensibility to users wants, needs, and desire for delight
  • Are obsessed with making experiences better and more delightful
  • Are happy to sweat through the details of implementation
  • Have a strong understanding of hardware, software, and retail
  • Are data-driven and understand the power of working to clearly defined KPIs
  • Thrive on the challenge of delivering ambitious project to tight deadlines and motivating engineering teams to perform
  • Understand how to motivate and inspire individuals and groups
  • Are ideally from a strong design background
  • Must have strong experience of working and leading in an Agile environment
  • Can easily come up with, and update, product roadmap, timelines, and updates

Responsibilities

  • Ensuring product vision is realized through technical excellence and execution
  • Increasing the user-retention of the SAM product offering
  • Managing, growing, and scaling the design team
  • Iterating on development processes and inspiring a positive and effective culture - Developing and delivering the design strategy
  • Working with the engineering team to build and estimate roadmap milestones
  • Ensuring SAM is always the easiest, most delightful, and fun product on the market
  • Measuring and reporting team performance based on team KPIs
  • Constantly driving for data-driven decisions through accurate and reliable analytics
  • Managing design budget
  • Keeping the boat moving as fast and as smoothly as possible as we grow 

 

Salary: £70,000 pa + Share Options Package

 

Mobile Game Product OwnerApply

 

We're on the hunt for a passionate Mobile Game 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
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with internal teams to set product direction and execute on a product roadmap
  • Measure and manage daily product performance, and maintain responsibility of reporting game performance to senior management
  • 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
  • Strong ability to create and monitor a/b tests
  • Predictive modeling capability, with experience forecasting and measuring the performance of new feature development

Bonus Points

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

VP of Sales - MD of SAM EducationApply

We're on the hunt for a passionate Vice President of Sales 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



VP of MarketingApply

We're on the hunt for a passionate Vice President 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.

 

About you

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

Hardware

Junior Embedded Firmware EngineerApply

SAM Labs is seeking an enthusiastic and skilled embedded firmware engineer to join our Product and Hardware team. This is a position that entails working with projects from prototyping to mass production. You have solid hands-on experience working with real time systems, from board bring-up to writing device drivers to making everything run nicely together in a responsive design.
You will work together with our product and hardware teams and facilitate production setup of future SAM Labs products.

We founded SAM as designers and engineers to change the way people understand and use technology. We’re fascinated by turning the intangible into something physical and created SAM to bring delightful interactions to everyone.


Skills

  • Solid C/C++ programming skills experience working with embedded systems using ARM CPUs and equivalents
  • Passionate about electronics & code quality
  • Good understanding of hardware performance 
  • Excellent documentation habits

Bonuses

  • Wireless (Bluetooth) experience
  • Hardware experience

Sales and Marketing

Communications Manager Apply

Founded in October of 2014, SAM Labs is an award-winning startup East London. We make app-enabled construction toys for kids (of all ages): SAM.

Leading with the latest IoT and Digital-Gaming innovation and the latest findings in education research, SAM has built the LEGO® of the Future. SAM combines an app and wireless hardware blocks to teach kids of all ages, genders, races and ability levels to unleash their inventive potential through play. Each SAM Block has a unique skill: a button, light, motor and more, and uses Bluetooth to connect to the SAM app and to each other. With SAM, create anything from a Twitter-powered car to a motion-powered light sabre!

You will be part of the Marketing team, working with the Head of Sales and Marketing, to grow and develop the communications strategy and external façade of SAM Labs through all media channels. You will build, connect and maintain the strategy across social media, press, newsletter, and internal communications, being SAM Labs’ voice to the public. You will be highly motivated to get placements and to output quality social media posts, whilst determined to break KPIs and analyses down to a science. You’ll be prepared for the expected and unexpected and have an innate talent of planning and organisation. A chameleon character, you’ll be ready to take on anything and bring the voice of SAM to life!

We move 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 on a mission to be key players in the future of toys and games.

 

Responsibilities

  • Creating and delivering integrated PR and digital marketing strategies and campaigns from start to finish, reaching target consumer audiences
  • Creating go-to-market launch strategies alongside key stakeholders to effectively roll out key product launches
  • Seeking out new opportunities whilst managing the marketing budget to make strategic decisions to advance the business
  • Conceptualising, drafting and pitching fresh new ideas to press, media and influencers to secure global coverage
  • Building close relationships with media and influencers to create key partnerships for SAM
  • Running the Thought Leadership program with the CEO via the planning and organising of relevant speaking opportunities around the globe
  • Creating a sustainable social media strategy to implement across the following channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Medium
  • Writing and maintaining the newsletter strategy across both the education and consumer facing sides of the business to promote awareness, retention and/or sell through
  • Writing and editing briefs to the content team to create assets needed throughout various areas of the business
  • Undertaking all internal copywriting

 

Qualifications

 

  • 3+ years of relevant and proven experience in Communications, PR, Social Media or a similar field - client side preferred but not mandatory
  • Experience of brand management and communications capacity
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Excellent writing, presenting, and conversational skills
  • Some experience with analytics and social posting tools (Meltwater, Sprout Social, Google Analytics)
  • Driven by results with exceptional time management skills
  • Equipped with a “can do” attitude and a sense of humour
  • Previous startup experience is a bonus

 

We work pretty hard and your thoughts and ideas are likely to be challenged by everyone in the team, including Jacob in design, Micheal 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: Depending on experience level

Community Management + customer service intern Apply

Community Management + Customer Service intern 

 

Founded in October of 2014, SAM Labs is an award-winning startup East London. We make app-enabled construction toys for kids (of all ages): SAM.

 

Leading with the latest IoT and Digital-Gaming innovation and the latest findings in education research, SAM has built the LEGO® of the Future. SAM combines an app and wireless hardware blocks to teach kids of all ages, genders, races and ability levels to unleash their inventive potential through play. Each SAM Block has a unique skill: a button, light, motor and more, and uses Bluetooth to connect to the SAM app and to each other. With SAM, create anything from a Twitter-powered car to a motion-powered light sabre!

 

You will be part of the Marketing team, working the Communications Manager, to grow and develop the communications strategy and external façade of SAM Labs through media. You will learn to outreach, entertain, and retain prospective customers, press, and influencers, in addition to gaining key insights about gaming, toy, and education media.

 

We move 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, striving to be key players in the future of toys.

 

Responsibilities

 

  • Social responding and social media monitoring
  • Engaging with relevant communities/influencers via social media
  • Social media scheduling
  • Researching relevant content to post across social media feeds
  • Aiding in reporting across social media channels and media
  • Drafting  initial press email sell-ins 
  • Curating and managing press lists
  • Drafting press releases or articles
  • Aiding in organisation of events and accompanying marketing opportunities
  • Answering and aiding with Customer Service queries

 

Skills & Qualifications

 

  • 1+ year of communications experience (preferably client side) with an interest in tech, toys, & gaming media
  • Strong and confident written and communication skills
  • Results focused with creative and reliable problem solving abilities 
  • Ability to catch on quickly and want to continue to learn, grow, and develop your skills
  • A strong multitasker
  • A great attitude with a “get ‘er done” mentality

 

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.

 

Salary: £1250 per month + opportunities to grow

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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