Mid-level Industrial Designer

Industrial Design Blue Ash, Ohio

Under the supervision of the Director of Design the Staff Industrial Designer develops creative and applicable design solutions primarily for our healthcare and medical device clients, as well as non-medical consumer and industrial clients. This person will be a user needs advocate (surgeon, patient, nurse, consumer), human factor expertise / methodologies for usability testing (with R&I team), regulatory requirements, manufacturing, and brand assets / aesthetics, all culminating into a comprehensive functional and manufacturable solution.


1. Design Solutions 

  •  Based on user-centered design principles create functional and manufacturable design solutions based on documented design specifications and criteria
  •  Discern critical design factors important to assigned projects and to be able to logically defend tradeoffs (ergonomics, manufacturability, aesthetics, etc.)
  •  Identify the most technically challenging problems and create strategic & tactical solutions including root cause identification, individual researched solutions, concept generation, creating a plan forward, and tracking execution progress
  •  Work collaboratively and seeks out other disciplines to optimize design solutions while being seen as ID advocate / voice for Industrial Design in a multi-disciplinary environment
  •  Effectively and efficiently develop design deliverables appropriate to need; 2D Digital Sketching, simple low-fidelity prototypes, advanced 3D printed prototypes, to engineering ready SolidWorks CAD

2. Project Research
  •  Partner with the Research & Insights team as needed to:
  •  Research and brainstorm activities
  •  Objectively observe and understand user research inputs
  •  Participate in observational research to uncover unmet needs
  •  Participate in usability tests in order to discover design requirements and validate design concepts

3. Client Interaction and Design Presentation 
  •  Clearly articulate design approach and rationale behind proposed design solutions
  •  With design project lead, participates in the presentation of designs concepts and prototypes to internal and client stakeholders for review
  •  Serve as ambassador for the company representing and promoting capabilities, offerings

4. Continuous Improvement/Specialization 
  •  Areas of expertise beyond senior designer, such as usability, medical device, design controls, design thinking, etc.
  •  Remain current with technologies, trends, brands, competitors, etc.  Stays abreast of best in class work and implements new processes and techniques
  •  Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design or related field, required
  •  3+ years of professional experience in innovation/product development in a medical device setting, required
  •  Working knowledge of FDA content necessary for medical device pre-market submission (IEC 60601 standards), including an understanding of how to apply the principles within the ISO 14971 risk management for medical devices is a plus.
  •  Demonstrated expertise in user-centered design and the principles of design for manufacturing
  •  Working knowledge of 2D and 3D digital tools, including Solidworks 3D modeling program to ensure design intent integration and a smooth hand-off to/from the technical engineering group
  •  Consistent ability to provide and inspire in other team members fresh, clever and unexpected solutions (think out of the box), Surprise and Delight
  •  Strong aesthetic sensitivity with a discernment of good/bad visual design (2D and 3D sculptural forms)
  •  Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate design intent by a variety of means: ideas in 2D and 3D form appropriately to a specific purpose, at a high level of professionalism
  •  Deep production design experience: understanding of materials, processes and assembly
  •  Exhibit a solid understanding and experience delivering results based on consumer insights
  •  Advanced ability to quickly synthesize inputs and drive towards appropriate solutions
  •  Advanced ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks in order to deliver desired outcomes within allotted time frames
  •  Proven experience in project ownership and accountability
  •  Skilled at leading, planning, coordinating and directing the work of design teams
  •  Critical thinker demonstrated by checking thinking for clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, significance, logic, and fairness
  •  Ability to reach appropriate/actionable solutions
  •  Demonstrated ability to write and prepare documents/reports/correspondence in a concise, logical, grammatically appropriate format
  •  Strong inclination for visual thinking
  •  Excellent oral communication skills that demonstrate a professional demeanor
  •  Ability to stay focused and committed to a task
  •  Willingness to take direction from others and to accept constructive feedback while being adaptable and flexible
  •  Demonstrated ability to deliver professional and articulate presentations to key stakeholders, internal and external
  •  Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and clients as demonstrated by finding common ground in completing tasks and solving problems