Principle Design Engineer / Industrial Designer

Fairfield, CT /
Industrial Design /
Full-Time, In-Person
Product Ventures is a world-class design and development agency providing over 25 years of innovative thinking and design excellence to our clients. As part of our continued growth and expansion we are seeking a creative experienced Design Engineer or Industrial Designer to help us bridge the gap between design and engineering on key projects.

The ideal candidate for this role will have a highly developed sense for design but also the technical knowledge and background to help make what we conceive a reality. You will be responsible for effectively collaborating with our Design, Engineering and Prototyping teams in the everyday execution of key projects. You may also be called on to take the lead in understanding and developing solutions to complex design challenges that draw upon your knowledge of a variety of technical disciplines. In projects like these, you will be directly responsible for formulating creative strategies and ultimately making them a reality.

Reporting to our Vice President of Design you will generate design work and manage deliverables within the established criteria. Designers are responsible for creating documentation necessary to convey design solutions through sketches, illustrations renderings, and models. Project duties may also include determining materials, construction, mechanisms, shape, color, surface finish, manufacturing processes, and packaging in cooperation other members of our team and at times with the client. You may act as project lead on complex “invention” projects and also be asked to help mentor junior staff. You will generate compelling product design concepts, developing their aesthetics, functionality, ergonomics, and construction via sketching, CAD modeling / rendering and prototyping and guide design intent through design for manufacturing and into final engineering implementation.

If you are seeking a challenging position — which will allow you to grow in your career, play a key role in our company, and contribute to the success of a highly regarded design organization —this is a fantastic opportunity for you.

Qualifications

    • Applicants should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design, Design Engineering, or another complementary Design or Technical Discipline
    • 10+ years of experience in product design in the consumer, commercial, and / or medical device space
    • You must be an expert SolidWorks user with a well-developed skill set that includes complex surface modeling
    • Candidates should possess expertise in form development, 2D digital sketching and visualization (i.e., Photoshop, Illustrator), computer rendering and/or animation (i.e., Keyshot), and other tools used in the design process (Microsoft Office, Rhino, SolidWorks etc.)
    • Candidates should also be familiar with the tools necessary to create high quality folding cartons (i.e. ArtiosCAD) and flexible packaging
    • Candidates should have a degree of familiarity with the latest 3D printing technologies (DLP, SLA, SLS, FDM, etc.) to help facilitate the creation of high-quality comprehensive mockups and prototypes
    • Experience with design for manufacturing and part design for injection molding, blow molding and thermoforming is required
    • Ability to contribute to all stages of development: initial research, brainstorming, sketching, illustrating, and client presentations all the way through to 3D modeling, photorealistic rendering, and prototyping.
    • The ideal candidate will have an in-depth technical knowledge of mechanical systems and possess demonstrated leadership skills to guide less experienced designers in “best practice” methodologies.
    • Candidates must have excellent organizational skills, be hands on and exceptionally detail oriented
    • Candidates should possess strong communication (both written and verbal) skills and be comfortable working across all levels of the organization
    • Candidates should be able to anticipate potential problems and demonstrate a creative problem-solving approach to developing solutions
    • The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, a self-starter and an independent thinker and yet still be a great team player
For consideration, please submit an updated resume, a recent portfolio of work, and a detailed cover letter indicating why this position is of interest to you and what you feel you would bring to our organization.

Salary Range: $70,000 - $90,000+ DOE