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Industrial Design Manager
Microsoft Corporation
Redmond, WA, USA

Innovation. A lot of people use the word. We make it happen. The Microsoft Hardware User Experience team is looking for a strong leader and manager to head up our world class and award-winning group of industrial designers as our Industrial Design Manager. Help us redefine innovation in desktop consumer products and their enabling technologies.

The Microsoft Industrial Design Manager drives all industrial design activities in our mouse, keyboard, and emerging product businesses. Our cutting-edge model shop also reports into this position. You will be working with an interdisciplinary user experience team and leading a team of 4 industrial designers to create exceptional user experiences for our highly successful products.

You'll direct hardware industrial designers to explore and deliver models, prototypes, novel affordances, aesthetic directions, and final product designs for all product teams in Microsoft Hardware Division - so you'll need to have excellent leadership skills and command of a wide range of industrial design tools and methods, rapid prototyping techniques and processes, and consumer electronic technologies. You'll manage a team of exceptional talent, developing staff performance objectives, monitoring individual career paths; and identifying and managing consultant resources to augment employee contributions - so you will need to be an accomplished people manager and have strong industrial design skills. You will have a strong impact on our product directions and the Hardware business so you'll need to have excellent business leadership, cross-group collaboration and organizational influence skills. You'll need to design for a wide range of products, user behaviors and interaction models for both near and long term products -- so you will need to think strategically, be creative and be able to lead the innovation of new products. You will represent Microsoft industrial design for customers and press so you'll need to be a great communicator. Most importantly, you'll need to be passionate about our customers - consumers who want great user experiences.

Additional qualifications:

At least 5-7 years of experience in the industry designing for consumer electronic hardware products. A strong portfolio demonstrating breadth and creativity in successful product design, versatility with design and rapid prototyping tools and methods, and an illustration of design and creative process is required.

Solid knowledge of industrial design, affordance design, mechanical engineering, modeling software and the field of human-computer interaction is required. Strong interest in and aptitude for learning new technologies is a must. Additional, hands-on experience in a secondary field such as interaction design, mechanical engineering, software engineering, etc. is highly desired. Strong written and oral communication skills are required.

Education requirements include either an MA/MS in industrial design or highly related field, OR a BA/BS in one of the above fields with significant industry experience.

Help us evolve the discipline of industrial design and demonstrate what a strategic business asset it is.


Christina Kinnaman
Sr Recruiter

Received: 13-Sep-05