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Senior Industrial Designer

Elkay k

Chicago, IL

Apr 30
Job Description


Help us on our mission of bringing healthy and sustainable hydration solutions to families wherever they need it: at home, at work, or at play. In this role, you’ll work on new product development strategy and execution while collaborating with cross-functional team members across Product Management, Marketing, Sales, Engineering, Sourcing, and Manufacturing. You’ll be part of a growing team of designers and researchers while also owning day-to-day design responsibilities on specific product categories, becoming the ‘go-to’ or subject matter expert on anything design-related for those categories, including:

Collaborate with Product Management to identify and visualize product opportunities and problems to solve driven by consumer insights and relevant market trends. Includes leading and conducting design research activities and ideation workshops; working with 3rd party resources as needed.

Translate insights into viable design strategies and concepts; using a diverse toolkit of visual communication skills to convey design intent to project team and stakeholders. Including sketches, storyboards, photorealistic renderings, detailed drawings and 3d mockups/prototypes.

Support industrial design efforts from start to finish of a new product development project. Includes helping define process, timeline, deliverables, and resources needed for ID work needed throughout each project.

Presentations to internal staff and senior leadership.

Support validation testing of new concepts via renderings, storyboards and prototypes.

Help translate Brand Identities into relevant product design guidelines and strategies

Generate design solutions and concepts that consider a holistic view of design including overall aesthetics, functionality, usability, and fit/feel/finish details.


BS or BA in Industrial Design (or MA in ID and bachelors in engineering) required.
Minimum 5+ years’ experience as an Industrial Designer required.

Experience working on Branded Consumer Products, Housewares, CE, Home Appliance experience highly preferred.

Good working knowledge of Consumer Insights and Design Research Methodologies and how to integrate into Design process.

Proactive: can recognize and address potential issues before they fester… both as part of a project and part of day-to-day operations.

Excellent Communication skills; can adapt based on audience and situation: from informal elevator pitches to formal presentation to executives and everything in between. Ability to influence and inspire.

Vision and Creativity: ability to see beyond the task at hand; can formulate and present new ideas or ways to reframe a problem while still ensuring day to day project needs get addressed.
Time Management: can manage their workload with minimal supervision; ability to self-prioritize.
Strong sense of aesthetics and form.

Expert knowledge of visualization software required: Adobe Creative Suite, Keyshot, Solidworks preferred.

Excellent 2D Design skills as it relates to on product graphics, visual hierarchy, and presentation layouts.

Working knowledge of UI/UX design process and principles.

Ability to travel 10-15%, including tradeshows, factory visits, market visits, and research related activities required.

Application Details

Please send resume and work samples (or link to online portfolio). Thanks!