Product Designer (Hardware Product Design/Industrial Design/UI/UX Design)

  • Focusrite
  • High Wycombe, UK
  • May 21, 2020
Part time Product Design

Job Description

Product Designer (Hardware Product Design/Industrial Design/UI/UX Design)
: High Wycombe
Term: Full Time Permanent

Focusrite/Novation is seeking an exceptional Hardware Product Designer to join a growing international Product Design team.

As a Product Designer at Focusrite/Novation you will work with cross-functional teams to help conceptualise and deliver outstanding products.

Our team is focused on the customer's needs and has a shared passion for understanding and solving the problems they face. We collaborate with our Product Management, Engineering and Marketing teams to craft solutions that are beautiful, effortlessly intuitive and engaging.

If you want to join a passionate and creative team in an exciting company which is committed to grow and evolve, we would love to hear from you.

Who you are

You are empathetic and customer focused. You seek to learn from our customers through research and testing, and you have them at the forefront of your mind for each decision you make.

You are curious about why products, services and objects have been designed the way they are. You seek to understand the designer's intent, and how well the solutions meet the needs of the customer.

You are able to think differently and practice both divergent and convergent thinking at the appropriate points in the design process.

You enjoy collaborating with multi-disciplined teams and can clearly communicate your ideas through sketches and prototypes to ensure that stakeholders at all levels understand the design approach.

You have a flair for aesthetic design and appreciate the need to balance consistency and creativity. Design hierarchy, colours and typography discussions excite you and you stay up to date with latest design practices.

You can objectively assess your own designs and appreciate the importance of different perspectives and group critique.

You are always looking to improve your skills and working practice to help drive the capabilities of the Product Design Team.

What You’ll do:

  • Work with the Product Design, Product Management, Engineering & Marketing teams to help conceptualise and deliver to market, outstanding and award-winning hardware products
  • Create and execute User Research strategies (both primary and secondary) which yield critical insight and help shape project direction.
  • Develop User Stories and Use Cases.
  • Design/Ideate both collaboratively and individually.
  • Develop sketches & physical prototypes.
  • Regularly perform User Experience testing to iterate and refine the design.
  • Take user needs and convert them to product requirements.
  • Present your work to your team and project stakeholders.

Abilities and Experience:

  • Passionate about great design.
  • 3+ years experience within Hardware Product Design/Industrial Design and a portfolio which clearly demonstrates your skills and process
  • A degree or relevant qualification in Product Design, Industrial, User Experience/User Interface, User Research or a related field.
  • Experience using 3D MCAD software such as Solidworks.
  • Proficiency in using graphic design & photorealistic rendering software (e.g Keyshot, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Sketch etc).
  • Experience with card/foam model making & 3D printing.
  • Knowledge of Colours, Materials, Finish of mass-produced products.
  • Understanding of manufacturing methods, processes and materials.
  • Have a growth mindset
  • Self-motivated, adventurous, driven and ambitious.
  • An interest in music, recording, or audio would be beneficial.

About Us

Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity. We want to create opportunities for everyone to enjoy making music, from musicians trying to capture their unique sound, to the professionals delivering the greatest shows on earth. The Focusrite Group has an illustrious history with four Queen's Awards for Enterprise among a host of other accolades. We comprise six successful and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Martin Audio, ADAM Audio, Novation and Ampify Music. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning over four decades, our brands continue to shape the music-making world.

Focusrite leads that world in audio interfacing technology – more musicians record through Focusrite than any other brand. The Focusrite Pro team are focussed on the complex needs of the audio professional for whom sound is not just a passion, but a way of life. Martin Audio have been uniting audiences for almost five decades with their awe-inspiring touring and installation loudspeaker systems. Based in Berlin, ADAM Audio are precision innovators in the field of professional monitoring and loudspeaker technology, made famous by their unique ART ribbon tweeter. Novation is obsessed with helping electronic music makers find new ways to produce and perform new music. Born out of that team and based in Tileyard, King's Cross, London, Ampify Music make innovative music-making apps that are highly accessible, yet extendable and deep.

Music technology is an enriching space to work in, and that's not about to change. We embrace its evolution, and that means remaining open to new ideas. We enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture, where we can all contribute and everyone is heard as we grow and develop, both as individuals and as a team. We encourage innovation and fresh-thinking and are passionate about the inspirational solutions we create. Behind our success is a tightly knitted, like-minded family of music and audio lovers. We're always pulling together to try and make a difference; our frequent appearance in 'The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For' is testament to this.

As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage people to apply regardless of religion, ethnic background, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity. We recognise the diversity shortcomings of our industry and are committed to driving change. Equally, we recognise the major impact that climate change is having on our world and work every day towards being industry leaders in a carbon neutral future.

Benefits include flexible working, home working, company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme, company music events, offsite company parties and free breakfast/lunch in the canteen. We arrange company training sessions, hold making things easy days, encourage personal development training, run lunch and learns and facilitate external visits.

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