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Senior Industrial Designer (Surgical Robotics Company in Silicon Valley)

Intuitive Surgical k

Sunnyvale, CA

Aug 11
Job Description

Intuitive is looking for a Senior Industrial Designer to join the Instruments and Accessories team.

Industrial Designers at Intuitive help design next-generation products and solutions for minimally-invasive care 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 leader, the senior Industrial designer will work with their process partners (engineering, clinical development, human factors, user research, and marketing) and partner with other industrial design team members on the framing, definition, and execution of future product opportunities. Focusing on the physical aspects of the product, she/he employs an understanding of user needs, ergonomics, form, proportion, color, materials, and manufacturing processes that transform complex technical designs into elegant forms that are usable, beautiful, and manufacturable. With an ability to explore, prototype and test a wide range of new ideas, the senior industrial designer visualize and proves opportunities to builds consensus on the right path forward. The senior industrial designer is a natural storyteller and creates compelling presentations that illustrate new user benefits and opportunities for Intuitive.

Job Responsibilities

The senior industrial designer is responsible for defining and driving the design of new products at Intuitive. Working with their partners, the senior industrial designer creates innovative human-centered design solutions that will improve user experience and drive company growth.

Individually leads projects, or partners with other industrial design team members on projects
Employs a user-centered design process to help teams frame problems and define opportunities
Actively participates in cross-functional team collaboration and proactively drives efforts forward
Collaborates with other Product Design team members to create compelling integrated user experiences
Utilizes a range of 2D and 3D tools and techniques to develop designs
Generates prototypes to explore and validate design choices through user testing
Distills technical and ergonomic requirements and then quickly develop solutions reflecting a range of solutions that synthesize usability, utility, manufacturability, and desirability
Works with product development and engineering groups early in the product development lifecycle to provide user-centered thought leadership and generate conceptual product designs and opportunities
Combines industrial design objectives with the objectives of our process partners
Translates and captures brand attributes in compelling physical forms
Delivers manufacturable design proposals to engineering for production

The Ideal Candidate
Approaches work with a strategic, systems-thinking mindset
Can independently work and solve problems, and seek out information as needed
Is excited to work on complex problems with a dedicated team of high-energy, high-caliber people
Is curious about user behaviors and has an eagerness to learn in the field and in a lab environment
Has a high capacity for technical problem solving and execution work
Has a natural aptitude for teamwork, thriving on brainstorming and presenting
Employs healthy organization and communication habits making you a responsive and exemplary team player
Is reliable and dedicated to achieving the highest quality design output
Learns from, mentors, and inspires other industrial designers
Takes a bias toward action and an eagerness to support the team and the project
Has a refined aesthetic sensibility and artistic skill
Has experience leading and driving design efforts from concept to production
Has experience with medical device design and/or designing regulated products


8+ years of experience in the industrial design industry
Demonstrable experience leading projects and facilitating the user-centered design process
A proven track record of collaborating successfully with engineering, user research, and product marketing teams to develop designs and bring successful products to market
Excellent storytelling and presentation skills and an ability to effectively communicate a user-centered point of view
A comprehensive set of prototyping skills from quick low-fi foam models to fabricating more complex functional learning prototypes
Strong 2D visualization skills including sketching, storyboarding, and digital rendering
Strong 3D CAD and visualization skills to develop technically viable and compelling design solutions
Extensive experience with SolidWorks is required. Specific experience with complex surfacing or training others is a plus
A thorough understanding of materials, manufacturing processes, and DFM considerations
Bachelor's degree or greater in Industrial Design
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

Please provide design portfolio (and password if necessary)

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.

Joining Intuitive means joining a team dedicated to using technology to improve patient care efficacy and decreasing the invasiveness of medical procedures, with patient safety as our highest priority. We work in a high-energy, focused, small-team environment, and believe in applying first principle thinking, insight and data-driven decision making, continuous learning, and systematic planning to deliver results and achieve our goals.