Lead User Experience (UX) Designer at
Nikola Motor Company

The Opportunity

This role is based at our Phoenix, AZ HQ, and would require relocation to the Phoenix area.


As Lead User Experience Designer, you are a highly motivated, creative, and versatile individual with experience designing intuitive experiences.

You will collaborate with User Interface (UI) designers, technologists, and business stakeholders to craft meaningful experiences for our customers through thoughtful, data-informed design.

The ideal candidate will have a solid foundation in interaction design, an understanding of and commitment to user-centered design.

You will apply your experience with interaction design and in-vehicle user experience to create new and innovative interaction paradigms while ensuring Nikola vehicles are easy and safe to operate.

As a lead, you will represent UX department within in the company and be an advocate for UX principles and values along with other members of the UX team.

A thorough understanding of the right balance between feature, technology, hardware, interior design, serving our brand’s purpose, business missions, and customer needs is a critical aspect of this role.

You will work closely with Software and UX teams in a collaborative effort to ensure all aspects of the user-centered design model are met.

What you’ll be creating:

Lead the creation of interaction paradigms, detailed wireframes, and UX documentation for the overall in-vehicle user experience and across all Nikola product platforms.

Generate design concepts, flows, wireframes, transitions, micro-interactions and prototypes.

Partner with researchers to gather consumer data, validate concepts, test prototypes and apply findings into you designs

Translate Nikola brand promise, strategy, and design language into world class experience.

Transform complex interactions into intuitive and safe user flows

Bring a UX point of view by collaborating with marketing on branded events & experiences.

What you “must” already bring to the table:

  • Experience with automotive specific HMI design, instrument cluster, head unit, and other in-vehicle experience design.
  • Bachelor’s degree in interaction design, user experience design, or equivalent
  • 5+ years as a professional UX/ IX designer
  • Passion for user-centered design and a critical eye toward clear flows and consistent interaction models
  • Well versed with the principles of designing to comprehend all UX and UI elements to ensure best usability in every sense
  • You have a passion for flawless, delightful, and differentiated user experiences, and human computer interaction
  • You display a solid knowledge of traditional design tools such as Sketch, Figma, XD, OmniGraffle, and are also willing to learn new tools
  • You embrace teamwork and partnership, are a receptive listener, and always take an open-minded and collaborative approach to design
  • You can visually communicate your ideas via sketches and storyboards, motion sketches, etc. working from Low-Fi to High-Fi
  • Passionate about design and technology trends
  • Experience with presenting work, approaches, design states and full execution to stakeholders, executive management, and investors

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada.

This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT. 


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