SENIOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER at Boa Technology

The Opportunity

ABOUT BOA:

Boa Technology Inc., creators of the revolutionary, award-winning Boa Fit System, delivers closure and adjustment solutions purpose-built for performance. Featured in products across the golf, athletic, outdoor, snow sports, cycling, utility, and medical categories, the patented Boa Fit System consists of three integral parts: a micro-adjustable dial, super-strong lightweight laces, and low friction lace guides. Each unique configuration is engineered to optimize fit and provide precision, adaptability, and control, and The Boa Fit System dials and laces are backed by The Boa Guarantee

In collaboration with its market-leading brand partners, Boa is driven to make the world’s best gear even better. Boa Technology Inc. is headquartered in Denver, Colorado with offices in Austria, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, and Japan. For more information, visit https://www.boafit.com/.

We have all of the usual trappings of a company that loves what we do and loves to have fun; dogs, games, beer, casual attire, hip office space, flexible work hours, award-winning wellness program, swimming pool and fitness center in our mixed use community, discounts on all sorts of cool gear, great events and activities, etc. More than that, the people of Boa are passionate, driven, friendly and the kind of folks you'd want to collaborate with to make the world's best gear even better. We are looking for a Senior Industrial Designer to join our team in our Denver, CO global headquarters so if any of this sounds interesting to you, please read on.

POSITION SUMMARY:

In the Senior Industrial Designer position, you will be a positive contributing force to the Boa Product Development team and are responsible for leading the creation of concepts that address user needs in categories where Boa currently does not have adequate solutions. These will often be new solutions, and may serve new or existing categories. You will work directly with your product team, specifically the Product Line Leads, the Product Marketing Managers, Engineers and Project Managers to support or lead product development projects. With minimal need for oversight or review, you will create and execute plans for exploration of concepts, concept prototyping and validation, and thoroughly documenting and presenting those concepts to multidisciplinary stakeholders. As a basis for concepts, you will be the voice of the consumer - conducting research, identifying feature opportunities and product needs, and validating concepts, while balancing those needs against manufacturing and organizational constraints.

As a Senior Industrial Designer, you will typically be the primary industrial design resource on your product team. You will be expected to complete technical Industrial Design tasks with minimal to no oversight. You will also be responsible for strategic tasks – including but not limited to, the development and execution of the Industrial Design approach – with feedback and input from other members of the Boa design team.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Basic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support Industrial Design phases of Boa Product Development projects, of all size and scope, including:
  • Participation in consumer, user, and market research, via desktop and field research.
  • ID and UI/UX concept development to satisfy:
  • Project opportunities and goals as stated in the project brief
  • End-user needs and opportunities, both explicit and implicit, including aesthetic, human factors and ergonomic needs.
  • Manufacturing and implementation requirements and constraints.
  • Brand factory installation, including lace-ability
  • Active engagement in project brainstorms; concept or product evaluation.
  • Collaboration with other Boa departments to understand product needs.
  • Product graphic design
  • Champion end-user needs and balance those needs against production and go-to-market realities.
  • Create support and communication collateral as required throughout the design and implementation process, in 2D and 3D:
  • Inspiration and research boards
  • Use cases for specific user categories and applications
  • 2D Concept sketching and communication
  • Functional breadboard concept models
  • 3D CAD, appropriate fidelity to project stage, from loose concept CAD to final tooling-release CAD, using recommended techniques and standards.
  • CAD Renders, Conceptual images in-application on relevant product for project and catalog purposes
  • Install Boa parts via available prototyping methods.
  • Product storyboards for research use.
  • Vector art for distribution to customers and consumers.
  • Stewardship of design intent from sketch to CAD to Molded part.
  • Assist in review and approval of T1-R1 series part samples, as related to Industrial Design intent.
  • Support Sales, Marketing, or other departments’ design needs, on occasion and upon request.
  • Positively represent Boa design, through Advocacy and Relationship-building, both internally and externally
  • Engage in a pro-active form of continuing education with advisement from the senior design staff and your Manager.
  • Develop Industrial Design project approach, on a project-specific basis, to meet the needs and goals of small- and medium-scale projects, with oversight and feedback from senior staff:
  • Critically assess project briefs, and contribute to refinement via questions and suggestions.
  • Define Activities, Timeline, Resource Requirements, Reviews, and Deliverables:
  • Conduct and Manage ID portion of project, per approach developed above.
  • Coordinate and communicate with internal and external team members and stakeholders as needed to coordinate resources, complete work, inform of progress and changes.
  • Document process and results
  • Partner with Product Marketing Manager of Product Line Team to understand product strategy and segmentation plan, and underlying needs from the Commercial team.
  • Conceptually explore, evaluate, and recommend product design attributes, as they relate to form, function, UI/UX, human factors, ergonomics, aesthetic, manufacturing requirements, and project goals.

Advanced Duties and Responsibilities:

  • A Senior Industrial Designer is required to fulfill the Duties of an Associate and Staff Industrial Designer, in addition to the following Advanced Duties of a Senior Industrial Designer:
  • Partner with Product Marketing Manager of Product Line Team to define the product strategy and segmentation plan, as well as underlying needs from the Commercial team.
  • Platform / Product line gap analysis and planning
  • Platform refresh analysis, removing dated products from the catalog.
  • Annual Project plan contribution
  • Develop Industrial Design project approach, on a project specific basis, to meet the needs and goals of all team projects, with minimal oversight necessary:
  • Critically assess project briefs, and contribute to refinement via questions and suggestions.
  • Define Activities, Timeline, Resource Requirements, Reviews, and Deliverables.
  • Consult with other Boa Industrial Designers for input and feedback on the approach, as needed.
  • Manage and Conduct ID portion of project, per approach developed above.
  • Manage and coordinate multiple projects at multiple phases of PD process
  • Coordinate and communicate with internal and external team members and stakeholders as needed to coordinate resources, complete work, inform of progress and changes.
  • Document process and results
  • Conceptually explore, evaluate, and define product design attributes, through research and conceptual exploration, as they relate to form, function, UI/UX, human factors, ergonomics, aesthetics, manufacturing requirements and project goals. This may include:
  • Champion of End-User needs, based on explicit and implicit feedback research.
  • Present simple and convincing product design stories that leave a positive lasting impact on stakeholders.
  • Support Sales, Marketing, or other departments’ design needs, on occasion and upon request
  • Manage and/or Conduct ID portion of project, per defined approach
  • Manage and coordinate multiple projects at multiple phases of PD process
  • Positively represent Boa design, through Advocacy and Relationship-building, both internally and externally
  • Represent Boa Product Development when fielding questions on part design or manufacturing processes.
  • Able to communicate benefits to footwear designer / developers

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • This employee should intelligently engage with and act as a positive role model for lower level employees both within and external to the design team.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: BS/BFA in Industrial Design
  • Experience: 4+ Years of applicable experience in Industrial Design.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Highly motivated
  • High level of ownership
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to coordinate and communicate with other members of project team(s), internal and external stakeholders, as needed to coordinate resources, complete work, inform of progress and changes.
  • Ability to deliver articulate presentations
  • Techniques for Fast Fail Breadboards
  • Excellent visual concepting
  • Research analysis
  • Experience connecting user needs to a product
  • Team oriented, flexible, and open minded
  • Superior judgment
  • Open to input, change and learning
  • Proficient in typical Industrial Design tools and skills, including but not limited to: 2D sketching in analog and digital formats, Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop and Illustrator, 3D CAD (Solidworks) solid and surfacing, CAD rendering (Keyshot)
  • Proficient in typical office software tools, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite including PowerPoint, Word, Excel. Experience in Sharepoint a plus.
  • Continued Training and Education as needed and/or available in tactical software use. (Adobe, SWX, OneNote, SharePoint, Project, PLM, PWA, PDM, and other office products)

Requires the ability to travel to overseas and domestic locations occasionally.

Location

Denver, CO, USA

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