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Industrial Designer

Intuitive Surgical k

Sunnyvale, CA

May 5
Job Description

Joining Intuitive Surgical means joining a team dedicated to using technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and
decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority.

Primary Function of Position:

Industrial Designers at Intuitive will help design next-generation instruments and accessories for robotic surgery systems as well as refine and evolve existing product lines. Industrial designers are very hands on, helping to translate real user insight into actionable design opportunities and successful user experiences.

As a natural collaborator and strong communicator, the Industrial designer will work with our process partners (engineering, clinical development, human factors, user research and marketing) on the framing and definition of future product opportunities. With an ability to explore, prototype and test a wide range of new ideas, the industrial designer visualizes opportunity and helps build consensus on the right path forward.

As a natural storyteller, the industrial designer will create effective presentations that illustrate new user benefits and opportunities for Intuitive. Focusing on the physical aspects of the product, she/he employs an understanding of user needs, brand, aesthetics, form, proportion, color, materials, and manufacturing processes that transform complex mechanical designs into elegant forms that are usable, beautiful, and manufacturable.


Roles and Responsibilities:


An industrial designer is responsible for defining and contributing to the design of new products at Intuitive. Working with company stakeholders, design leadership, interaction and visual design, brand, product marketing, engineering, human factors, user research, clinical development and manufacturing the industrial designer creates compelling, user centered design solutions that will improve user experience and drive company growth.


The industrial designer:

Is organized and comfortable contributing to and often leading cross-functional brainstorms and team meetings
Is reliable and dedicated to achieving the highest quality design output
Employs a user centered design process to help teams frame and define opportunities
Is a highly creative problem solver
Works with product development and engineering groups early in product development lifecycle to generate conceptual product designs and opportunities
Collaborates with interaction designers and engineers in the design of user interface elements such as user controls
Prototypes early and often to inform concept development
Embraces failure as a learning opportunity
Uses 2D and 3D tools to create designs that combine usability, utility, manufacturability, and desirability
Contributes to and often leads the design and fabrication of compelling functional and/or appearance prototypes for review by team leaders, usability experts, and executive staff
Qualifications

The ideal candidate must have:

An incurable curiosity relating to all things design
A passion for designing meaningful, revolutionary products that make an impact on people’s lives
A bias toward action and an eagerness to support the team and the project
Excitement for working on difficult problems with a dedicated team of high-energy, high-caliber people
A natural aptitude for teamwork, thriving on brainstorming and presenting
The ability to independently work, solve problems, and seek out information as needed
Healthy email communication habits making you a responsive team player
Excellent storytelling and presentation skills and an ability to effectively communicate a user centered point of view
Strong observational skills and experience working with user research teams
Experience mapping user workflows to identify and frame design opportunities
Experience and passion for designing small scale products with a high degree of technical complexity
Ability to learn from and inspire other industrial designers on the team
A strong aesthetic sensibility and artistic skill
Ability to distill technical and ergonomic requirements and then quickly develop solutions reflecting a range of simple, elegant, and technically-feasible solutions
Strong 2D visualization skills including hand sketching, Illustrator, Photoshop rendering
A comprehensive set of prototyping skills from quick low-fi foam models to more complex functional learning prototypes
Strong 3D CAD skills to visualize compelling industrial and interaction design solutions. (SolidWorks, Alias or Rhino, Keyshot)
Proficiency in SolidWorks is desired. Specific experience with complex surfacing is a plus
Ability to translate and capture brand attributes in compelling physical forms
Ability to combine industrial design objectives with the objectives of our process partners
Experience working successfully with engineering teams to develop designs and bring products to market
A solid baseline understanding of materials and manufacturing processes
Medical device and packaging design experience a plus
Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design or related field of study
5-8 years experience in the industrial design industry
Ability to travel up to 10% of the time for case observation.

We are an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.

Application Details

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Intuitive Surgical

Intuitive was founded in 1995 to create innovative, robotic-assisted systems that help empower doctors and hospitals to make surgery less invasive than an open approach. Since the da Vinci surgical system became one of the first robotic-assisted systems cleared by the FDA for general laparoscopic surgery, we’ve taken robotic-assisted surgery from “science fiction” to reality. Working with doctors and hospitals, we’re continuing to develop new, minimally invasive surgical platforms and future diagnostic tools to help solve complex healthcare challenges around the world.