Senior Director, Industrial Design

Spectrum Brands   •  

Middleton, WI

Industry: Retail & Consumer Goods


11 - 15 years

Posted 41 days ago

Job Summary

Lead the Global Industrial Design function of Spectrum Brands’ Home Appliance division. The Sr. Director will have the sole leadership responsibility for the creative elements of Industrial Design; for related process and systems development; and for the management of internal and contractindustrial design resources.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Establishment of, and improvements to the processes, methods, tools, and skills of the Home Appliance Industrial Design team for Spectrum Brands
  • Lead a global team that is responsible for creation of designs and synthesis of design concepts to create product designs that meet internal and external customers’ needs.
  • Lead a global team to collaborate with regional marketing organizations to develop design concepts and stimuli for market research activities.
  • Participation in consumer/market research.
  • Scope definition and manage externally sourced design activities.
  • Develop and management budgets, schedules, and personnel for the Industrial Design function in alignment with divisional strategy.
  • Responsibility to generate and maintain Visual Brand languages for all the Home Appliances Brands as needed for each brand.
  • Support Sales, Marketing and Corporate with PR., Brand, investors and customer events
  • Responsible of generating Design patents for Key products.
  • Company’s advocate of design, materials and finishes trends, responsible of creating presentations for global teams to translate them into concepts and products for our brands portfolio.

Education and Experience Profile

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from an IDSA (Industrial Designer’s Society of America) approved University
  • MBA or other Master’s Degree desired but not required
  • 10-15+ years of experience as an Industrial Designer for successfully marketed consumer durable, medical, automotive, or recreational products
  • Portfolio of work from initial concept to final engineered solution with demonstrated successful design skills
  • Leader of a team of creative staff that successfully converted strategic direction, customer/consumer desires, and technical viability into successful product designs
  • Experience working with global marketing teams to create the Visual Brand Language for families of products
  • Effective interaction with engineers and Asian suppliers to integrate viable technology into product designs
  • Clearly demonstrated understanding of construction of product designs to meet product cost targets
  • Experience working with Chinese suppliers required
  • Effective planning and management of all industrial design activities

Required Skills

  • Working knowledge of SolidWorks, ProE, Alias, Photoshop and other ID software tools.
  • Technical knowledge of ergonomics and practical experience with Human Factors Design.
  • Strong concepting ability that is clearly expressed through drawings, sketches, and physical models.
  • Knowledge of Asian manufacturing method’s. Experience working with Asian vendors is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to design products for global markets.
  • Problem solving ability. Able to quickly understand scope and constraints of a problem and to develop solutions that meet timing, cost, business requirements and consumer needs.
  • Patent process knowledge – strong understanding of the patent process. Ability to read and understand patents. Able to write clear design disclosures.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret color and material trends and relate these to the specific market requirements for Spectrum Brands’ products.
  • Ability to clearly communicate ideas, processes, and technical requirements through effective written, graphic, and oral methods.
  • Demonstrated skills and methods of working with a wide variety of functional organizations to create designs that appropriately balance the desires of consumers with technology capabilities and product costs.
  • Strong team leadership skills for groups of creative designers and technocrats.
  • Departmental planning and management including personnel, budgets/expenditures, and capital improvements.

Job # US10732