Industrial Designer at
Santa Cruz Bicycles

The Opportunity

As an Industrial Designer at Santa Cruz Bicycles, you will develop commercially viable designs that maintain our brand’s design language and supports our leading position in the industry. You will also be responsible for developing and evolving a premium aesthetic for future relevancy and competitiveness of our frames and components.


Overall Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Develop new, best in class bicycle frames, components and accessories at the initial concept level through to production
  • Develop and communicate practical design concepts in a timely manner
  • Consider materials and manufacturing methods to make aesthetic and mechanical improvements to our products
  • Look outside the bicycle industry for ways to evolve and progress our existing design language
  • Implement feedback from Engineers and Product Managers
  • Work with Engineers to ensure that design intent is properly implemented in the final product release
  • Look for new ways to improve the efficiency with which concept work is generated
  • Rapidly generate 3D concept models through use of Creo, Sub Division modeling, clay, etc.
  • Design fully engineered parts and create production ready drawings using Creo as required
  • Conduct market research to inform the design process
  • Document the design process via well-organized slide decks for inter-departmental reference


Competencies and Requirements:

  • BFA or BS in Industrial Design, Product Design, or Transportation Design
  • A minimum of five years working as an Industrial Designer
  • A minimum of three years working with overseas vendors
  • An intimate knowledge of part design for a range of manufacturing processes, specifically: injection molding, extrusion, machining, forging, hydroforming and high-performance composite structures
  • Advanced 3D surfacing skills, Creo preferred
  • Experience with Sub Division or other iterative surface modeling programs is preferred (Gravity Sketch, Rhino, etc.)
  • Advanced digital 2D sketching skills (Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro or similar)
  • Proficiency in Keyshot, Adobe Creative Suite
  • Design experience in the sporting goods industry, experience in the cycling industry is preferred
  • Ability to work with other members of the design team and use feedback in a constructive way
  • Travel up to four weeks per year


Language Skills: Ability to read and comprehend and explain documents in English. Effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, in English.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the overall duties and responsibilities of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the overall duties and responsibilities.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use of hands and fingers, handle, or feel, reach above head with hands and arms, lift, push, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl, pull, talk and hear. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Vision may be corrected within normal range. The noise level in the work environment is quiet.


Education and/or Experience: BFA or BS in Industrial Design, Product Design, or equivalent


Why work here: For over 25 years Santa Cruz Bicycles has tried to do things a bit differently. Our ultimate goal is to consistently build the best bicycles in the world and have fun doing it, but there is a lot more to it than that.

We can offer you great benefits that include 100% paid health, dental and vision insurance, 401K matching, monthly employee events and major discounts on bikes and bike gear. Those parts come with the industry. We can offer you a relaxed working environment, local singletrack, and the opportunity to work with a group of bike enthusiasts in a great place to live. Those parts come with the territory.

But what we really want is what you have to offer us. We want to attract job seekers that are looking for a brand that they can be an integral part of, and not just "a company to work for". It's the individual personalities, and the raw enthusiasm for the brand that makes this place special, and that comes directly from the employees of Santa Cruz Bicycles.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Unless prohibited by applicable law, this position requires proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on the first day of employment, absent need for medical or religious accommodation or other exemption as allowed by state or local law. Further information will be provided during the recruitment process.


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