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Director of Industrial Design at Cortex Design

The Opportunity

We are hiring a Director of Design to provide leadership and oversight for all industrial design-related activities. Located in Toronto’s design district (Queen St. West), Cortex Design specializes in technically complex consumer and medical products. We’re growing quickly and need an aspiring leader with a great portfolio to work directly with the president, engineering director, and operations manager.

What are WE Like?

At Cortex, we visualize human experiences, design products that support them, and manufacture the solution. We are always looking for projects that involve radically new technologies, pushing the limits of what products can do for the people who use them. We are not the firm to go to to make the next hairdryer or foot massager. We work on ground-breaking technology, primarily in healthcare and medtech. We are at the cusp of technologies that involve AR, AI, IOT, and we work with our clients to humanize that technology.

We’re a team of talented and hardworking designers and engineers, plus we know how to have fun. We enjoy the occasional bourbon-fueled reviews and Friday lunches are spent as a team on one of many nearby patios. Our head office is located in Parkdale and we’re surrounded by exceptional food options. Most of us live in or around the downtown area but if you don’t, that’s cool too; we’re easily accessible by TTC and GO Transit.

What are YOU like?

You probably grew up playing with Tinkertoys and Lego, modifying the parts to suit your needs. Your inquisitive nature and ability to optimize human experiences have led you through a rewarding career in product design but you’ve now reached a level of maturity and find yourself craving new challenges. You know you can push an organization farther than you’ve perhaps been given the opportunity to do; you just need the chance to prove it. Well, here’s your chance!

Along with your drive to help lead one of Toronto’s top product design firms, you should also possess the following:

  • A degree in Industrial Design and 5+ years of on-the-job experience executing projects through all stages of product development, from concept generation to mass-production
  • 2+ years of leadership experience, providing mentorship to less experienced designers and empowering them to elevate their design capabilities
  • An exceptional portfolio of work on consumer electronic devices
  • Empathy for the end-user and an understanding of what it takes to create a product that resonates with them
  • Hand-sketching ability that makes all of your peers envious
  • Outstanding modeling skills in Solidworks and an orthodox approach to modeling (you despise things like under-defined sketches and feature errors)
  • Ability to create breathtaking renderings in Keyshot and bring them together into a super-polished presentation for clients
  • An in-depth understanding of manufacturing processes like injection molding, overmolding, die-casting, CNC milling, PCB manufacturing, and RIM, as well as their limitations
  • A genuine belief in the value of collaboration - that working closely and sharing ideas with other designers and engineers ultimately results in a better product

Nice To Haves:

  • Experience creating formal quotes and Product Requirements Documents
  • Medical product design experience
  • Experience with alternative modeling software (Alias, Rhino, Grasshopper, Fusion 360, etc)
  • Knowledge of quality & safety standards and systems; ISO13485, ISO9001, UL, CSA, FCC, CE
  • Project Management (we use Wrike and Quickbooks, and document everything)

Show Us What You’ve Got!

Think you have what it takes? Then please send us your resume and portfolio, along with a nicely worded cover letter that demonstrates you “get” us. We can’t wait to hear from you!


Toronto, Ontario Canada

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