Industrial Designer

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Purpose of the Role:

As a member of the new product development team the Industrial Designer will bring a contagious passion and relentless enthusiasm for driving innovative holistic solutions that solve consumers everyday challenges. A passion for cooking and all things food is a huge plus as this role provides the opportunity to harness existing design abilities and experiences and apply them to deliver game changing housewares innovation.

This person must be comfortable with ambiguity, intellectually curious, and excel at working collaboratively with category managers, food trend innovation, experience team, engineering, and insights to provide comprehensive holistic consumer experiences. As a core member of the industrial design team the Industrial Designer will support execution of the innovation pipeline through holistic design and development initiatives for new products. The solutions will be mechanically robust, manufacturable and fully meet specified performance expectations. 

This position requires a designer and innovative thinker with fundamental, practical hands on knowledge of manufacturing processes and their limitations. Experience with electrics a plus. The Industrial Designer is a key contributor in driving new design conceptualization and realization for products. In addition, the industrial designer is jointly responsible for delivering against business objectives which include shorter time to market, best margins and product solutions which significantly build and change the business.

 Key Responsibilities:

  • A strong bend toward developing holistic solutions founded on user insights that are exclusive, unique, engaging, and demonstrable.
  • The ability to translate consumer insights, consultant needs, trends, business needs and other constraints into actionable detailed product design solutions that are evolutionary to revolutionary.
  • Ability to think holistically and execute in a pragmatic way.
  • Provide input and drive the up-front industrial design efforts, aesthetic direction, colors & finishes and functional solutions for all products within the designated product categories.
  • Be the ‘design’ go-to person for the Product Development Team, and organize/lead/facilitate
    design brainstorming sessions, contribute to discussions with suppliers, to ensure performance
    specifications, timing, cost and overall quality expectations are met.
  • Create prototypes for simple idea communication as well as fully functional test pieces to prove out new designs.
  • Drive supplier communication and work through debug issues with new items to ensure delivery of design intent.
  • Review new product test data and assist in establishing and implementing corrective actions to problems.

Education & Experience:

  • BFA/BA/BD degree or equivalent in Industrial/Product Design or related skill required with a minimum 5 years product design and development experience (concept ID through 3D to tooling and launch).
  • Proven portfolio of desirable product solutions with a high level of aesthetics delivering key functionality.
  • Accountable for trend, colors, materials, and finishes application to products and product lines.
  • High preforming cross functional collaborator.
  • Demonstrated problem solver with successful track record in continuous improvement desired.
  • Experience in working with domestic and overseas factories and suppliers of hard/soft goods is preferred.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • OracleDatabases

Location

We get to mix it up! PC has offices in Addison and in downtown Chicago.

What are Pampered Chef Perks + Benefits

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Pampered Chef hosts Help Whip Cancer fundraisers with the American Cancer Society and is a proud partner with Feeding America's Round-Up from the Heart Program raising more than $26 million since 1991
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our FUN Committee plans monthly events from game nights, happy hours, Halloween contests, and summer BBQs.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker, and 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Darts.
Happy Hours
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Pampered Chef hosts occasional Lunch and Learns for employees.
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

Each and every coworker makes a difference every day by asking tough questions, finding the answers, and then making it happen—our entrepreneurial employees are the key to our success! Pampered Chef is big enough to implement cutting-edge technology, and small enough for all ideas to be heard and challenged.
We are a learning focused environment—we want you to learn from us, and we expect to learn from you and what you’re passionate about! We even provide training and development for added brainpower.

We collaborate every day in a high-tech space with writable walls, open collaboration zones, quiet “I need to contemplate” zones, and fun zones with ping pong, basketball, and bags, of course. No boring cubicle farms here!

We are concerned about your physical and financial well-being and offer BC/BS PPO or HMO health plans, dental, disability, matched 401K, life insurance, on-site fitness center, comfy chairs, on-site cafeteria, and dry cleaning valet service.

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