Associate Industrial Designer - KitchenAid / Whirlpool at

The Opportunity

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is a leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, in constant pursuit of improving life at home and inspiring generations with our brands. The company is driving meaningful innovation to meet the evolving needs of consumers through its iconic brand portfolio, including Whirlpool, KitchenAid, JennAir, Maytag, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, and InSinkErator. In 2023, the company reported approximately $19 billion in annual sales, 59,000 employees, and 55 manufacturing and technology research centers.  Additional information about the company can be found at

This role in summary

About DESIGN at Whirlpool 

DESIGN supports Whirlpool’s vision to "Be the best kitchen and laundry company, in constant pursuit of improving life at home, and in the world."
We inspire lasting engagement, product leadership, and meaningful experiences at home and for our world. We do this based on empathy, innovation, sustainability, and craftsmanship, with people at the center of our process.

In our 5 global studios, we have more than 100 designers in dedicated teams of Graphic Design, Color Material and Finish, Craftsmanship, Industrial Design, Trends Forecasting, User Interaction, Motion Graphics, Usability, Design Research, and Studio Engineering.

This position sits in our Design Center located in Southwest Michigan. The Design Center is the global headquarters for design at KitchenAid/Whirlpool Corporation.

As an Associate Industrial Designer, you will support efforts to understand emerging trends, seek out real-life insights, and create design solutions that will impact experiences for the next generation of home appliances for the KitchenAid brand.

A portfolio showcasing your abilities as an Industrial Designer is necessary to be considered for this position. Please include a link to your portfolio on your resume or as an attachment to your application.

Your responsibilities will include

  • Create assets ranging from conceptual sketches, CAD models, physical prototypes, and high quality renderings/animations to communicate design intent.
  • Work with a variety of process partners to gain an understanding of marketing strategies, manufacturing requirements, and engineering constraints.
  • Grow an understanding of our design strategies and philosophies by working with cross-functional design leads.
  • Work with design specialists in graphic design, CMF, UI/UX, usability, and craftsmanship to create fully immersive experiences.

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Industrial Design
  • 1+ years of Industrial Design experience (experience may include academics, internships or co-ops)

Preferred skills and experiences

  • 1+ years of professional Industrial Design experience in a corporate or consultant environment
  • 3D Computer modeling skills
  • Strong project management and planning skills
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to facilitate communication across different disciplines
  • Strong decision-making abilities and self-motivation
  • Strong visual communication skills
  • Ability to adapt design intent through the development process.


Additional information

Whirlpool’s Ways of Working
Our goal is to provide an environment that helps you bring your best to Whirlpool every day. We apply  ‘always on’ flexibility to all work days. You will have the autonomy to manage personal, family, and outside-of-work commitments as needed. Employees in this role work in person Monday through Thursday with the option to work from anywhere on Friday.


We offer other flexibility and industry-leading time-off benefits that will help you balance what’s important at work and at home, including:

  • Flexible Friday - Option to work extra hours Monday through Thursday to finish up work early on Friday.
  • Two-Week Work from Anywhere - Minimum of one-week increments for a total of two weeks per year.
  • Sabbatical - Four weeks paid leave after every five years of service.

Connect with us and learn more about Whirlpool Corporation

See what it's like to work at Whirlpool by visiting Whirlpool Careers. Additional information about the company can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

At Whirlpool Corporation, we value and celebrate diversity. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity and prohibits any discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable law


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