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Senior Industrial Designer

In a nutshell:

IDEO San Francisco is in search of a Senior Industrial Designer who will work on concept generation, sketching, rendering, prototyping, and seeing concepts through all the way to production.  As a Senior Industrial Designer, you will be responsible for creating tangible design expressions, products, and experiences that have a genuine impact on people’s lives.

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

An Industrial Designer will make the biggest impact by bringing new ideas, perspective, and passion to the team. Your skills are critical to our work because they are more than an extra pair of hands. Your original mind, paired with good tech skills and lots of energy help us push our craft forward.

Once here you will:

  • Join an interdisciplinary passionate group of people who LOVE what they do
  • Work and play hard

  • Be challenged to think more holistically and expand your view on design

  • Create product strategies rooted in user insights

  • Collaborate with people from different backgrounds such as interaction designers, mechanical engineers, business designers, brand specialists, environments designers and design researchers to create comprehensive solutions for our clients

  • Become part of a culture that lets you both learn and teach while working with people outside of your immediate area of expertise

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

As an Industrial Designer in IDEO San Francisco, we provide the opportunity for you to interact with multiple studios. The makeup of the San Francisco location is unique to IDEO. As the largest office, we have four studios within our location -- Design for Food, Design for Change, Design for Learning, and Hatch (our think-tank/catch-all studio). Additionally, San Francisco is home to OpenIDEO, and a number of new ventures, such as Creative Difference, IDEO U, and our Co-Lab.  

Some previous projects to check out:

Redesigning where we work and learn

Reimagining the breast pumping experience

Launching an Online pharmacy startup

Next generation bike saddle

Rethinking baby food packaging

Relevant experience and mindset

  • You are outstanding in your field and have a degree in Industrial Design
  • You have 5-7 years minimum of professional experience
  • You have Human Centered Design at the core of your process
  • You are comfortable leading clients and teams through the design process
  • You are comfortable and interested in leading junior designers and interns
  • You have the ability to gather research data and translate those into a design strategy
  • You have experience in designing products or experiences that have both physical and digital components
  • You have the ability to generate ideas quickly without a lot of background information or parameters
  • You have well-developed skills in sketching, quick prototyping, 3D CAD, rendering and presentation software  (Rhino/SolidWorks/Keyshot/Adobe suite)
  • You have a passion for and knowledge in how things are made -- the materials, processes, and techniques from small scale to high volume manufacturing, from electronics to packaging to soft goods

Application instructions:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and portfolio.

In your portfolio, please show:

  • Strong projects - new products, interesting challenges with unique solutions
  • Design process - research, strategy, concept generation, iterations, etc
  • Experimental work and explorations (we’d love to see what ended on the cutting room floor)
  • Sharing ability to balance client expectations along with design intent

Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.