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Dexcom Lead Industrial Designer

Dexcom k

San Diego, CA

May 1
Job Description

Dexcom is seeking a Lead Industrial Designer to help us build the next generation of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) products.

Our design team is passionate about making not only great products, but also empowering people with diabetes to lead vibrant lives. As a Lead Industrial Designer, you’ll use your tactical and strategic skills to dive deep into the needs of People With Diabetes and translate these into physical and digital product experiences.

We are looking for someone who excels in these areas:

Artistry and Craft: You have a highly developed aesthetic sensibility and a mastery of practical skills to create irresistible hardware
User Focused: You are a tireless advocate for the end user
Leadership: You are able to run projects, guide junior team members, and work with outside agencies, to accomplish ID goals
Partnership: You are a design diplomat, partnering with UX, Engineering, Marketing, and Business
Initiative: You are a self starter who is able to move projects forward and create new opportunities

You bring energy and mature experience to every project. You care deeply about your practice, improving your skills, and sharing your knowledge wherever you can. Your work is just as much about building the strength in others as it is building your craft.

Your portfolio reflects an attention to detail, showcases risk, demonstrates process, is well thought out, and varied. This means you are an expert in the application of design knowledge to create physical products. You are mastering a suite of skills including 2D sketching, 3D modeling, and finely honed presentation building. In all these areas you can fluidly build toward design intent. When you are limited, you understand where you need to go to learn the next step, or how to work with others to fulfill the vision.

You are a natural design diplomat, able to express the value of design from a user, business, and experiential perspective. You not only work well with partner groups such as UX and Engineering, but you can speak some of the same language and understand completely how ID is a partner in a larger modern product environment.

Job Responsibilities

• Work as a Lead member of the Industrial Design team within our UXD group
• Guide development of hardware and packaging for current and future Dexcom products
• Advocate for the needs of people as you help guide design decisions
• Be hands-on in creation of ID hardware through Sketching, CAD, and Prototyping
• Step in as a leader on new or existing projects and tasks
• Inspire and Mentor junior team members
• Effectively manage time, prioritize tasks and work within deadlines with little supervision
• Conduct and participate in ideation, design research, and collaborative workshops
• Be involved in user studies and ongoing formatives
• Translate research findings into design recommendations
• Regularly communicate project status to interdisciplinary teams and leadership
• Guide and manage CMF (color, material, finish) decisions across multiple products
• Work directly with Mechanical Engineering
• Work with UX, Packaging, and Labelling teams to create a compelling out-of-box experience
• Work with members of our marketing team to develop and define formal project requirements
• Work closely with other ID members and UX members to develop and maintain a cohesive and flexible Design System
• Assess projects for resourcing needs to inform management for planning
• Become knowledgeable on the intricacies of the Type 1 and 2 Diabetes life experience

Required Skills & Experience

• The Finesse to take a product from Good to Irresistible
• 6+ years experience in Industrial Design
• A developed aesthetic eye and the ability to communicate the value of the form in product development
• You are completely comfortable creating nuanced form in 3D CAD (Primarily Solidworks). You can do this at the sketch level and at the production level.
• You are very adept communicating in 2D through quick sketching and detailed drawings.
• You can create intentionally crafted renderings with Keyshot. You have moved well beyond the standard features and taught yourself how to push materials, textures, and lighting to a very high level.
• You can build physical models with whatever tools are available, 3D printing, foam core, paper, clay, outsourced vendors, etc.
• Bonus points if you have learned some modelling tools with an eye towards ID, such as Grasshopper, Polygon modelling, or Zbrush
• A strong portfolio demonstrating experience designing medical and/or consumer products
• A history of working overseeing Industrial Design deliverables and coordinating with a multidisciplinary team
• Strong experience working with a variety of engineering disciplines
• A strong understanding of manufacturing processes, constraints, and capabilities
• Understanding of plastic part design and how to work with engineering to realize design intent
• Direct experience working with users to understand their needs and translating these into products
• An interest in strategy and business
• You are dedicated in developing new skills and learning new tools to create beautiful and functional hardware and experiences.
• Experience working with UX designers and an understanding of the unique needs of digital product design and how it complements industrial design
• Social and Emotional Intelligence to collaborate in a large organization
• Skilled at telling a great product story through Powerpoint presentations

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree or higher in Industrial Design, or another design-related field

Travel Required:
0 – 24%

Language Skills: Must be able to communicate effectively in English. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May be required to perform the following Physical Activities: standing, walking, sitting, using hands, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk or hear, taste or smell. May be required to lift 0 lbs. to over 25 lbs.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May be exposed to the following environmental conditions: Wet or humid conditions, work near moving parts, work in high - precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outdoor weather conditions, extreme heat (non-weather), extreme cold (non-weather), risk of electric shock, work with explosives, risk of radiation, vibration. The noise level in this work environment can range from quiet to very loud.

Please note: The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Management may, at its discretion, assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. The duties and responsibilities in this job description may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Dexcom offers competitive salary and perks and you get to work in San Diego (which is a fantastic place to live). Start date: Hiring now.

Apply with your cover letter, CV and online portfolio. You must include a link to an online portfolio or website to be considered.


Founded in 1999, Dexcom, Inc. provides continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology to help patients and their clinicians better manage diabetes. Since our inception, we have focused on better outcomes for patients, caregivers, and clinicians by delivering solutions for people with diabetes — while empowering our community to take control of diabetes.