Product Design Director

US-IL-Northbrook
Job ID
2017-6879
# of Openings
1
Job Category
Engineering

Overview

We are searching for a Product Development Leader who is ready to harness her or his creativity, experience, and a user-centered design process to produce products that are safe, effective, and satisfying to the intended users. The successful candidate will be a broadly talented individual who wants to serve in a high-energy, leadership role on an extraordinary team.

 

Our team applies a user-centered approach to user needs identification, design exploration, and design realization. The global team has deep experience developing products that serve important functions in people’s lives.

 

Our business' core team includes human factors, industrial design, and engineering specialists who have well over a century of combined industry experience. We are an agile product development consultancy that understands the importance of conducting comprehensive user research to define new product requirements; performs creative design explorations while also embracing technological imperatives; iterates toward a design solution via formative usability testing and other assessment methods; and produces a complete design history file that facilitates regulatory submissions for certain kinds of products.

 

We help clients get to market quickly with the right product while minimizing business risk. Our team draws upon other experts within UL to make sure that final products can be readily certified according to an array of standards in both domestic and foreign market requirements.

 

In the medical space, our team members and UL affiliates have made significant contributions to such important products as surgical robots, heart-lung machines, heart pumps, anesthesia machines, drug injection systems, and desktop and mobile device applications that support management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis. In the non-medical space, we've contributed to such diverse products as an automobile diagnostic system, many commercial websites, a food vending machine, and weather forecasting equipment.

 

We are a premium service provider. Our team sees their work as a personal portrait and strive to produce excellence. We invest in the development of our people and several are thought leaders in their field. Virtually all projects involve collaboration not only with colleagues, but also with clients. We are a highly motivated and collaborative team that is driven to exceed our clients expectations. 

Responsibilities

  • Directs the launch of new products to market by analyzing proposed product requirements and product development programs; preparing return-on-investment analyses.

  • Introduces and markets new products by developing plans with sales, marketing and development.
  • Leads and provides technical guidance to project teams striving to develop optimized, user-friendly products.

  • Subject matter expert on projects requiring extensive technical and managerial experience and judgment.
  • Participates in key technical meetings to guide clients towards developing safe, effective, and satisfying products.
  • Educates customers regarding best-in-class approaches to human factors engineering, user interface design, industrial design, and product development in general.
  • Leads a team of technical specialists and administrative support resources, provides coaching and development
  • Establishes strong relationships with key customers to understand their needs, ensure open channels of communications during projects, and identify and respond to new business opportunities.
  • Analyzes internal and competitor capabilities and takes steps to ensure we are viewed as a “best-in-class” resource.
  • Works with internal resources to meet utliization targets, ensure quality work and achieve revenue and profit goals.

 

 

Qualifications

  • University Degree in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, industrial design, human factors engineering, information design, graphic design, or related field
  • 15+ years working in a professional design setting, such as another consultancy or corporate department specializing in product development or interactive media development
  • 10+ years of experience managing multidisciplinary teams that include research and/or design professionals
  • Experience working in the medical device, pharmaceutical, consumer electronic product, appliance, or automobile industry
  • Requires a focused individual that has a clear vision and can think strategically.
  • Experience leading large research and development projects, including resource planning and applying quality management principles
  • Extensive experience growing new business opportunities, including the delivery of capability presentations, preparation of proposals, and establishment of formal business relationships
  • Proven experience as end responsible or a role similar to this, conceptual experience/approach (architectural product distinctive), attentive to detail and structure, strong coaching skills and leadership abilities towards multiple teams (commercial, development and marketing).
  • Excellent communication and advisory skills in word and writing to be used in communication with customers worldwide.

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