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Sr Industrial Designer

Tuft & Needle k

Phoenix, AZ

Jan 3
Job Description

THE COMPANY
Tuft & Needle (“T&N”) is the original disrupter in the mattress space. Founded in 2012 by Daehee Park and JT Marino, T&N has grown to one of the top players in the e-commerce bedding space. While most competitors raised significant amounts of investor funding and are loss-making, T&N was able to grow to $200m in revenues without investor funding (i.e. bootstrapped) while being profitable. In September 2018 T&N merged with Serta Simmons Bedding, the largest player in the US mattress market. The combined entity will have two head offices – Atlanta and Phoenix – and is working towards a customer-centric omnichannel business model with world-class R&D and manufacturing capabilities.

OVERVIEW
The Senior Industrial Designer is responsible for setting design direction for product development projects of various sizes and guiding teams from concept to completion. You will be part of the Product Team and collaborating with other internal functions during early concept generation, design, product development, and physical prototyping. This role has an emphasis on furniture design but will be supporting a variety of different product design projects.

Founded in 2012 and leading the way for digitally-native mattress companies, Tuft & Needle disrupted a $15 billion industry armed with two things: an amazing product and an incredible customer experience. Today, we continue to make thoughtfully-designed products to improve the everyday lives of our customers.

If you live and breath design, enjoy working on a team with significant autonomy, actively seek feedback, and want to have a huge impact in helping Tuft & Needle expand its product line, we’d love to consider you for this role.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Support internal teams in defining scope, producing project briefs, timelines, and budgets for projects
Use customer insights and competitive research to develop user-centric design concepts that contribute to T&N’s focus on great customer experience
Propose designs that fit cohesively within T&N portfolio
Work with internal and external teams to ensure projects maintain original design intent
Participate in regular brainstorming sessions and provide feedback on individual projects
Craft 2D and 3D visuals/models to communicate ideas and concepts
Establish a strong rapport with T&N team and business partners
Mentor and assist in recruiting junior members of the team
Travel to lead product development with outside suppliers, oversee production, attend conferences, etc. as needed

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE
8+ years working in Industrial Design
Aptitude for working on a team as well as independently
Extraordinary verbal, written, and visual communications skills, with a particular emphasis on bold, impactful storytelling
Affinity for consistency, color, typography, and a keen eye for subtle details
Knowledge of current trends in design and technology
Ability to support multiple projects at a time while staying organized
Experience with wood, metal, textile and composite materials
Understanding of quality control and other techniques for manufacturing
Proficiency in at least two of the following 3D modeling programs: Solidworks, Rhino, and Sketchup
Fluency with Adobe Suite
Experience in furniture design is a major plus
This role will be based in our Phoenix, AZ HQ

**Please make sure to include a portfolio of your work with an application**

T&N is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status or civil partnership/union status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local law.

Your experience is important to us. If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact our Candidate Experience Team at talent@tuftandneedle.com

Tuft & Needle

In 2012, we set out to build a better product and a better experience. Along the way, we've found a passion for creating products of value. We're much more than a mattress company. At Tuft & Needle, we are a collection of entrepreneurs who have come together to build something we could not have done on our own. While most competitors raised significant amounts of investor funding and are loss-making, T&N was able to grow to $200m in revenues without investor funding while being profitable. In September 2018, T&N merged with Serta Simmons Bedding, the largest player in the US mattress market. ...and the best is yet to come.