Chief Designer Exterior VTNA

Location: Greensboro, NC Posted: May 18

Job Description

Position Description

PLEASE NOTE: To be considered a viable candidate, when you apply please submit your Portfolio it is required.

Product Design is a global organization of design excellence that creates superior customer value by designing appealing products with strong brand profiles for the Volvo Group. Product Design’s expertise consists of generating ideas of future designs and inspiring creativity and innovation within the Volvo Group. We constantly increase innovation and efficiency through cooperation between our design studios located in Ageo, Gothenburg, Greensboro and Lyon.


Job Summary
We are looking for a Chief Designer to lead our exterior design activities for Volvo Trucks in our Design Studio in Greensboro, North Carolina. We are a professional, multidisciplinary team working in a modern, state of the art design studio developing premium trucks for the North American market.
The person we are looking for will develop the exterior design of our trucks according to our Design Strategy to ensure that they continue to be distinct, desirable and able to meet the needs of demanding customers and professional truck drivers on the North American market. Although the position currently has no direct reports you must be able to lead and inspire a team of talented designers through example, empathy and respect.
Accountabilities/Responsibilities
Turning company visions and design strategy into world class exterior design solutions.
Defining and leading cross disciplinary design activities and deliver on product visions and project targets.
Ensuring that design proposals and solutions are visualized and communicated in with clarity and conviction.
Supporting the Design Director in interpreting the Volvo Design Philosophy and formulating and communicating future visions and design strategies for Volvo Trucks North America.
Supporting project management with timing and resource estimates for projects and other activities.
Making compelling presentations of design solutions to senior company management.
Inspiring and mentoring the design team to work creatively and effectively.
Supporting in the constant development of an efficient cross-functional development process.
Network and develop close working relationships with Sales & Marketing organization to build knowledge and understanding of customer and driver needs.
Interacting closely with engineers, project managers, marketing representatives and other disciplines to ensure that design strategies are well anchored and relevant to Volvo’s long term strategies and as well as short term business imperatives.
Developing presentation material for project and management reviews.
Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills
Minimum BA/BS degree in Industrial or Automotive design
Minimum 8 years of design experience from automotive design studio is required
Experience in leading or mentoring design team required
Proven aesthetic skills required (portfolio required)
Experience in truck and/or commercial vehicle design a plus
Be curious, creative and communicative
Be fluent in English, written and verbal
Be used to leading and mentoring other designers
Be sociable and thrive on being part of a diverse team
Leadership Competencies
Leadership Competencies:
Customer Focus
Integrity/Trust
Standing Alone
Perseverance
Self-Development
Dealing with Paradox.
Behavioral Competencies
Act with empathy and respect
Build and maintain networks
Adaptable and open to change
Professional Skills
Visual communication skills
Verbal communication skills
Ability to inspire and lead other designers
Ability to plan and estimate resource needs
Additional Information
The position will be located in Greensboro, NC. Some travel expected.
The Chief Designer Exterior will report formally to the Product Design Site Manager, and indirectly to the Volvo Trucks Design Director.

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