Senior Industrial Designer

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Industrial Design June 22, 2018 Sonos Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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As lead Designer on a new hardware program, you will be directly responsible for the definition and execution of a product in all its details. The role of a Senior Industrial Designer at Sonos requires balancing a deep sense of collaboration & communication, with an eye for design details, quality, and a desire to deliver the ‘right product’. A Senior Industrial Designer leads the design effort on projects from early concept through production including: design and consumer research; competitive marketplace analysis; and industrial design concept exploration, refinement, communication, & documentation. A Senior Industrial Designer is expected to work cross functionally with other industrial designers, UX/UI designers, engineers, and manufacturing partners to help deliver the highest quality experience and design possible while ensuring that design integrity is maintained from concept to mass production. In doing this designers at Sonos are expected to embrace the company design team behaviors of Trust, Debate, and Accountability.

About You

You’re not like everyone else.

You bring a unique perspective to the table. Transparency tops your list of values. Your smarts and creativity are off the charts, matched only by your humility. You want to collaborate with a team of diverse talent. You proactively contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.

You enjoy a challenge.

Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity. You’re ambitious and unafraid to make mistakes because you learn from them and bounce back quickly. You don’t stop until you get it right. “Impossible” isn’t in your vocabulary. You’re more interested in creating the future than waiting for it.

You love to listen.

You start every interaction from a place of listening and seeking to understand. You’re culturally connected. You remember your first concert. You can readily recommend a binge-worthy show on Netflix, Hulu or HBO. You can’t sit in traffic without a great audiobook, podcast or album. You can make a killer playlist. Your idea of a good weekend includes watching a movie or playing a video game.

As lead Designer on a new hardware program, you will be directly responsible for the definition and execution of a product in all its details. The role of a SeniorIndustrial Designer at Sonos requires balancing a deep sense of collaboration & communication, with an eye for design details, quality, and a desire to deliver the ‘right product’. A Senior Industrial Designer leads the design effort on projects from early concept through production including: design and consumer research; competitive marketplace analysis; and industrial design concept exploration, refinement, communication, & documentation. A Senior Industrial Designer is expected to work cross functionally with other industrial designers, UX/UI designers, engineers, and manufacturing partners to help deliver the highest quality experience and design possible while ensuring that design integrity is maintained from concept to mass production. In doing this designers at Sonos are expected to embrace the company design team behaviors of Trust, Debate, and Accountability.

Skills You’ll Need

Surfacing/Visualization Skills

    • Ability to develop and resolve design concepts through hand sketches, mock-ups, and models; from 3D prints to full appearance models to early prototypes.
    • High level of understanding of form, function, visual composition, and conceptual integrity.
    • Eye for clean, visually impactful designs that are current and fresh. Must have a great sensitivity to color, aesthetics, and materiality, and the ability to translate trends into compelling products.
    • Highly proficient in a 3D modeling software package – Siemens NX, Catia, SolidWorks, Rhino, Alias etc.
    • Highly proficient in a 3D rendering program – Keyshot or similar.
    • Highly proficient in the use of Adobe Creative Suite

Presentation & Communication Software

    • Proficient in either MS PowerPoint or Keynote (or other similar presentation tools)

Color, Material And Finish Knowledge

    • Sensitivity with regards to colors, materials and finishes in terms of aesthetic and functional relevance to design solutions
    • A high level of knowledge and interest in best practice for product development, manufacturing techniques, and fabrication trends for consumer electronics is a requirement.

Language, Communication And Organizational Skills

  • Communicate concepts and ideas through verbal, visual, and written means
  • A good command of English is important for this position; a second language will be regarded as a plus.
  • The ability to present projects to work partners in a clear and concise manner
  • Own and develop design stories and captures these in beautifully crafted presentations
  • Understand balancing design tradeoffs with schedule impacts.
  • Highly organized and the ability to prioritize deadlines/deliverables