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CAREERS

T

he first product - the Earth Buddy, was a nylon stocking-covered head of sawdust
topped with grass seeds that grew to emulate hair. With this initial success, the
Spin Master founders Anton Rabie, Ronnen Harary and Ben Varadi set up shop in a
small facility in downtown Toronto. Today with over 1,800 employees, offices around
the world including in the United States, Australia, China, Japan and Germany, Spin
Master's headquarters remain in Toronto employing over 1,000 people.
As others follow suit and Toronto grows as a tech hub alongside cites like Waterloo,
companies such as Spin Master have developed a unique need and opportunity for
creative engineers. Innovation and creativity are at Spin Master's core. Spin Master
creates toys for children, an audience that can be brutally honest, erratic yet discerning,
while also embodying their own innate power for creativity and imagination. This
is no small feat, and why they have and must think about engineering differently.

Spin Master creates toys for
children, an audience that
can be brutally honest, erratic
yet discerning, while also
embodying their own innate
power for creativity and
imagination.

"When I graduated, if you wanted to become a business-oriented product development
engineer, your only options were to go to New York or California or somewhere in
Europe - that's not the case now. We are part of the move to make Toronto the next
hub," says Arta Alagheband, a Product Development Manger at Spin Master.
Engineers don't sit at traditional desks or behind excel spreadsheets or drafting
software all day; they pick up screwdrivers and paint brushes in some of the most
creative and inspirational spaces like our Tinker Lab. This carefully curated room
provides engineers and toy designers with access to state-of-the-art tools and
appliances allowing them to assemble and create our most innovative and high-tech
products.
The gap between engineer and designer is narrowing and almost non-existent at
Spin. A renaissance in software and interfaces since the introduction of smart phones
has occurred, and Spin Master is leading this revival in Robotics and innovative

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