Amazon needs a Lead Product Designer

Amazon has redefined shopping and is now geared up to change the way we live at home. All the products being launched by Amazon hold testament to their plan of integrating themselves with the users daily life. Take for example their latest offering Amazon After, a service that helps you resale, recycle, rent out or even donate your previous Amazon purchases, rest assured that Amazon is about to become a bigger part of lives than we know it and you can help influence the way the world adapts by working with Amazon and creating an impact!

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began exposing key infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services — now widely known as cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud computing, and AWS, is the ability to leverage a new business model and turn capital infrastructure expenses into variable costs. Businesses no longer need to plan and procure servers and other IT resources weeks or months in advance. Using AWS, businesses can take advantage of Amazon’s expertise and economies of scale to access resources when their business needs them, delivering results faster and at a lower cost. Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world. With data center locations in the U.S., Europe, Singapore, and Japan, customers across all industries are taking advantage of our low cost, elastic, open and flexible, secure platform.

The Opportunity

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) team is seeking a talented and passionate Lead Product Designer to join our growing design and research studio. This full stack designer will have a significant impact on our business as they contribute and accelerate designs for the AWS Internet of Things product design team, working collaboratively with a strong design and product team. In addition, the lead product designer will be expected to be a design thought leader and mentor other designers, with the leadership of a small team of direct reports as part of the role immediately or in the short term.


Lead the design of useful, usable, and desirable products in a team environment. Work with leadership in design planning and goal creation.
· Understand customers and their needs through market analysis, customer research, and feedback.
· Use business requirements to assist in developing use cases and high-level requirements.
· Design the architecture, interface, and interaction flow of services and experiences.
· Develop personas, customer journey maps, conceptual diagrams, wireframes, and prototypes.
· Facilitate the design process, present and iterate design solutions.
· Craft, pitch, and validate long-term design strategies.
· Continually iterate and evolve the way we design for and learn from our customers.
· Chart a course for yourself and others in ambiguous situations.
· Lead/mentor and develop designers within your own organization and beyond.
· Help build a culture of design within AWS and throughout the Amazon Design community.

Basic Qualifications Required

· 8+ years of industry experience as a user experience designer, interaction designer, information architect, or similar design-related role.
· 6+ years of experience working in direct collaboration with product leadership, development managers, and cross-functional stakeholders.
· Bachelor’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), information systems, or other related design degree is required.
· Experience creating prototypes or wire-frames for complex web applications and/or workflows.
· An online portfolio demonstrating best practices in interaction design plus samples with a modern aesthetic is required to apply for this role. The portfolio should contain personas, journey maps, wireframes, and prototypes.

Basic Qualifications Required

· 10+ years of experience in digital design, with the most recent years including full stack end-to-end product design for enterprise products, ideally for niche userbases.
· Fluency in best practices for information architecture and design, as well as strong knowledge of usability principles and techniques.
· Demonstrated history of acquiring user data (e.g., conducting usability studies, performing user research) and creating personas and journey maps.
· Experience with UX design for complex workflows for technical customers.
· Experience working with stakeholders to plan and execute programs that are strategic in nature.
· Experience owning large-scale projects, communicating timelines, and executing independently.
· Experience designing and prototyping with tools such as Sketch, InVision, Photoshop, Illustrator, or similar.
· Ability to prototype in HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.
· Master’s degree in design, human-computer interaction (HCI), or similar design related degree.

Application Details

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation


Seattle, WA

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Revolutionize VR! Oculus is looking to hire an Industrial Designer

VR existed before Oculus, but Oculus put VR on the map and in homes. When the company first announced its product, the first Rift, it made waves with how much it promised. Two screens in front of each eye, 360° tracking so you can look around, with absolutely zero latency between both screens. A seamless experience that up until then, seemed unbelievable. The company raised $2.5 million on Kickstarter, and was finally acquired by Facebook, which propelled Oculus to newer heights. Oculus has recently demo-ed the Quest, a hi-spec gaming VR headset with no wires and an in-built CPU, and teased their legacy Rift’s latest version, the Rift S in March this year. Oculus is looking for an Industrial Designer to join their team in Seattle, Washington.

The Opportunity

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we’re building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we’re creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities – we’re just getting started.

Facebook’s AR/VR team is shaping the future of consumer electronics in the emerging Augmented and Virtual Reality industries and the game-changing Portal products. As an Industrial Designer in the AR/VR team, you will help bring next generation hardware and experiences to life. You bring strategic problem solving and industry leading hands-on design skills to create delightful, holistically considered products. You have experience designing and shipping consumer products and are comfortable working collaboratively with cross-discipline teams.


• Design category-defining products, helping Oculus/Portal/Facebook change the world through design.
• Help create the visual and physical language of our brand thru the design of our hardware.
• Utilize user-centric thinking and good aesthetic sensibility to align our brand to customer needs.
• Work collaboratively with multiple cross-functional teams on complex technical programs in a fast-paced environment.
• Conceive elegant, effective ways to address ergonomic and mechanical challenges.
• Key contributor of concepts and problem solving across multiple projects.

Minimum Qualification

• A Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design or a related field.
• 2+ years of experience as an Industrial Designer, developing consumer electronics or wearable tech products.
• Experience exploring and refining ideas through prototyping.
• Experience in 3D CAD modeling.
• Experience solving problems in a collaborative team environment.


Seattle (Washington), USA.

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Garmin needs an Industrial Designer

As a leading worldwide provider of navigation, Garmin is committed to making superior products for automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and fitness markets that are an essential part of their customers’ lives. Their vertical integration business model keeps all design, manufacturing, marketing and warehouse processes in-house, giving them more control over timelines, quality, and service. Garmin’s user-friendly products are not only sought after for their compelling design, superior quality, and best value, but they also have innovative features that enhance the lives of their customers. Join Garmin’s team of top performers in all areas of the company to drive innovation and success to people all across the world.

The Opportunity

Garmin’s Consumer Industrial Design team continues to grow in Kansas City. We are looking for talented Industrial Designers to create amazing designs for cycling computers, outdoor handhelds, dash cams, marine radars, and much more. As well as a growing range of wearables for wellness, running, outdoor, golf, kids, and scuba diving. Join a talented and passionate team of over 30 industrial designers who work directly with engineering and leadership to create compelling products for the Automotive, Outdoor, Fitness, and Marine markets. Collaborate with a dedicated team of prototype developers in a fully equipped shop that includes multiple 3D printers and CNC machines. Experience the variety and diversity of projects that would normally be reserved for a design consultancy with the stability and benefits of a corporate environment. Garmin’s process also provides designers the ability to work on a design from initial sketch through refinement, prototyping and into mass-production.


-Explore a wide variety of compelling design options through sketching and rendering for Garmin’s consumer product markets
-Understand and apply future trends in design, technology, and materials
-Create 3D models using Solidworks for product development and prototyping
-Communicate concepts and ideas through verbal, visual, and written means
-Understand the needs and desires of our customers
-Collaborate with Design, Engineering, Marketing, and Management teams to translate project goals into relevant design solutions
-Work with a team of prototype specialists to create in-house appearance models

Education and Experience Required

Qualified candidates for this role will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, Product Design, or another field relevant to the essential functions of this job description from a four-year college or university OR an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Other requirements include:

Knowledge and Skills

-3 – 6 years experience
-Must demonstrate knowledge, education, experience and/or training necessary to use tools such as SolidWorks, Keyshot, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and Sketchbook Pro
-Demonstrated strong and effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
-Excellent hand sketching skills (Wacom Tablet experience preferred)
-Ability to rapidly explore a wide variety of styling options (forms, colors, finishes, materials, etc.)
-Courage to explore new ideas

How to Apply

Please submit portfolio and resume to:

As part of our ongoing commitment to helping associates maintain a healthy balance between work and life, we sponsor company-wide and individual wellness initiatives, as well as world-class sporting events—and even some of the participating athletes. In each of the communities in which we do business, Garmin has a strong philanthropic and civic presence. Our associates benefit from these connections in many ways, including through discounts on products and services, opportunities to attend sponsored events, and even help with work-life initiatives, such as pilot certification and adoption assistance.

Garmin International is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, age or disability.


Kansas City, MO

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It’s still not too late! You could be an Industrial Design Summer Intern at Apple!

We’re officially at the brink of internship season, and if you’re still looking, you’re in luck! You may have heard of this company called Apple, based in Cupertino, USA. They happen to have a pretty neat internship program and they’re looking for recruits!

The company has been such an indomitable force over the past decades that it has arguably created, shattered, and evolved industries, technologies, categories, trends, and even boundaries! The one company that everyone looks to for design inspiration, Apple is clearly at the epicenter of consumer design and tech. With an incredibly revolutionary and secretive design team led by Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson, Apple has been able to go from strength to strength, becoming the world’s first company to be valued at a trillion dollars, and also create some incredibly memorable products along the way. Now, you could be a part of that highly coveted and respected team of designers too. Apple is accepting portfolios for its Industrial Design internship Program at Cupertino, California.

The Opportunity

The Apple Industrial Design Group is accepting portfolios from curious, passionate, and collaborative industrial designers. We are looking for highly motivated, determined problem-solvers with a rigorous attention to detail. We are interested in seeing work at all levels.

Key Qualifications

• A body of work that has been produced or the understanding of how it can be produced. For students, works in progress are accepted.
• Passion for materials and material exploration.
• A healthy obsession with how things are made and how they work.
• Experience in hands-on prototyping, without relying solely on virtual design tools.
• Deep appreciation for aesthetics.
• Radical creativity.
• Basic 3D software skills.
• Excellent communication skills. English proficiency required.
• Industrial Design Degree required.

How To Apply

To apply, please direct a CV and concise PDF portfolio to:
When sending work, please focus on physical projects. Include prototyping process and sketches.
Omit ethnographic research, user scenarios and marketing material.
At any time, you may also submit your portfolio at


Cupertino (California), USA.

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Hewlett Packard needs a Senior Industrial Designer

HP’s vision is to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere — every person, every organization, and every community around the globe. This motivates and inspires them — to do what they do. To make what they make. To invent, and to reinvent. To engineer experiences that amaze. With HP, you’re reinventing how you work. How you play. How you live. You can be a part of this reinvention by creating designs that impact the world.

The Opportunity

Interested in changing the world?

At HP we believe that technology should make life better for everyone, everywhere. This vision guides everything we do and how we do it. In our Office Printing Solutions organization, we have an exciting leadership role within our Physical Design team that will help deliver upon our vision.

We are nestled the Rocky Mountains in beautiful Boise, Idaho. One of the nation’s best-kept secrets. Wonderful outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking, world-class trout fishing, and white-water rafting are right out your back door. Low-cost living and friendly people make Boise an easy choice for young adults and families.

Applies advanced subject matter knowledge to solve complex business issues and is regarded as a subject matter expert. Contributes to the development of new ideas and methods. Works on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of multiple factors. Leads and/or provides expertise to functional project teams and will participate in cross-functional initiatives. Brings design leadership by providing direction and guidance to process improvements and establishing policies. Represents the organization to external customers/clients. Exercises significant independent judgment within broadly defined policies and practices to determine the best method for accomplishing work and achieving objectives. Provides mentoring and guidance to lower level employees.


• Leads multiple project teams of other designers and internal and outsourced partners responsible for all stages of industrial design and development for a portfolio of complex products and platforms, including design architecture, language, validation, and specifications.
• Manages and expands relationships with internal and outsourced partners on industrial design and development.
• Reviews and evaluates designs and project activities for compliance with industrial design and development guidelines and standards; provides tangible feedback to improve product quality and user experience.
• Provides domain-specific expertise and overall industrial design leadership and perspective to cross-organization projects, programs, and activities.
• Drives innovation and integration of new technologies and design language into projects and activities in the industrial design organization.
• Provides guidance and mentoring to less- experienced staff members.

Education and Experience Required

• Typically 10+ years experience AND a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Industrial or Product Design or equivalent.

Knowledge and Skills

• Broad experience with the application of design theories, principles, and concepts to a portfolio of multiple information technology and consumer product designs
• Evaluate and select 2-D and 3-D CAD tools and software packages for product design across portfolio Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Broad understanding and experience in methodologies for design testing and validation, including sketches, models, storyboards, and prototyping.
• Reviewing and evaluating designs for alignment with overall product architecture; recommending and implementing changes to designs and technology to improve product quality and overall industrial design.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Mastery of English and local language.
• Ability to effectively communicate industrial design data, design proposals and product specifications and negotiate options at senior management levels.

How to Apply

Please note- candidates should submit an updated resume AND a portfolio link/work samples (with a password if needed) when applying to this position.


Boise, ID

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Shape the future of IoT! Google is looking for an Industrial Designer (Consumer Hardware)!

Google Pixel, Google Home, Pixel Buds, Chromebook, Pixel Slate, Daydream VR, Nest, Waymo… these are just a few of the tangible products that come from the Alphabet company, Google’s parent. A lot of them tie in Google’s services, and make use of skilled industrial designers who capture the company’s fun-yet-superior avatar and signature usability and bring them to the product domain. Google’s Pixel is remarkable to look at, the Google Home device’s fabric clad makes it a wonderful piece of decor, and Google’s Chromebooks are increasingly becoming popular in schools. Google’s hardware beautifully complements its software and results in a product that holistically looks at the tangible and intangible to create an experience that’s unique, and innately Google. The company is looking for an Industrial Designer to join their Consumer Hardware team in Mountain View, California.


Google’s products are known for their clean design, ensuring users can quickly and easily find what they’re looking for. As an Industrial Designer, you leverage your technical background and understanding of “good” design to look for ways to streamline the user experience. You work closely with the product managers and development engineers throughout the entire production cycle. You design everything from high-level product flow to detailed UI mockups and then use your expert scripting skills to make your designs a reality.

As an Industrial Designer at Google, you will shape the future by designing products that harness the power of Google to delight and inspire millions of people worldwide. You are a design leader who is passionate about improving people’s lives through design and technology. You are proactive, creative, engaged, optimistic, progressive, open-minded and resourceful and you seek inspiration, empowerment, and challenge.

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Only one thing consistently stands in the way between our users and the world’s information—hardware. Our Consumer Hardware team researches, designs, and develops new technologies and hardware to make our user’s interaction with computing faster, more powerful, and seamless. Whether finding new ways to capture and sense the world around us, advancing form factors, or improving interaction methods, our Consumer Hardware team is making people’s lives better through technology.


• Lead projects from start to finish and manage all issues that impact design. Lead the design team to deliver design at a high quality that delights consumers.
• Lead design intent (leveraging the input from designers in the team) from concept through mass production with cross functional teams including: research, user-interface, software and hardware engineers, marketing, product management and external vendors. Understanding and rationalizing feedback and issues from these teams as they arise.
• Create compelling visual presentations and design stories showing solutions and context for both peers, top leadership, customers and verbally deliver in a convincing manner. Create original concepts as part of design team.
• Align concept to Brand and Business goals. Focus on the user. Interpret and translate complex technologies into simple and beautiful products and user experiences.
• Drive agenda and prepare team for week over week actions and deliverables. Product build process troubleshooting and CMF approvals that require travel as needed to vendors (manufacturing facilities overseas, user research).


Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s in Industrial Design or equivalent practical experience.
• 8 years of experience in consumer product design.
• Experience with designing and shipping consumer products. Experience in design (i.e., proportions, color, form, typography, presentation).
• A portfolio demonstrating your work.

Preferred Qualifications
• Strong understanding of mechanical design, manufacturing and engineering requirements and constraints.
• Experience in products that include hardware-software user experience.
• Experience in consumer electronics and mobile industry.
• Excellent in visualizing concepts using industry standard 2D and 3D tools such as: Photoshop/Illustrator, Rhino, Solidworks, Creo, Alias and Keyshot.
• Excellent written, listening and oral communication skills.


Mountain View (California), USA.


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The World’s Most Innovative Company in Design for 2019, Ammunition Group, needs an ID intern

Ammunition Group has been recognized and honored by Fast Co. as the World’s Most Innovative Company in Design for 2019, and why not, especially given their inventiveness in redesigning everyday objects to perform better, be it the temperature maintaining Ember Mug or June, the computer that cooks! Founded in 2007, Ammunition is led by partners Robert Brunner (who previously led the design team as Director of Industrial Design at Apple and was succeeded by Jonathan Ive) and Matt Rolandson. Their diverse team combines expertise in physical and digital product design, service design, brand identity, user experience, graphic design, and packaging. They work across disciplines to transform great ideas into experiences that create an emotional connection with customers and achieve business success for our clients.

The Opportunity

Ammunition is an international design group providing services in product design, brand strategy and identity, UX design, graphic design, and packaging. While Ammunition’s strengths are diverse across design disciplines, our real expertise is to redefine markets by using design to create a new business territory and to communicate and connect with customers. Whether it is a product, an interface, a package or an identity, our approach is to create new, exciting experiences for customers that communicate the unique proposition and the brand of our clients, and to differentiate in meaningful ways.

Currently, the San Francisco based industrial design team is seeking talented candidates for paid internships. We are looking for candidates with a strong talent in developing unique design concepts to help bring the brands of our clients to life. An ideal candidate has practical problem-solving skills and is driven to develop thoughtful design solutions that create meaningful user experiences. Candidates should possess strong attention to detail and the ability to communicate ideas through outstanding visualization skills. Interns are fully embedded into the ID team and contribute to every step of the industrial design process, from concept generation through final implementation.

A solid ID background is necessary, a strong graphic aesthetic will be well received, and practical experience with engineering and manufacturing constraints is preferable.


• Maintain design intention from concept generation to final implementation
• A thorough understanding of design principles
• Personal commitment to quality, attention to detail
• Interface with UX, graphic and packaging designers to create seamless product solutions
• Ensure innovation by actively researching, sharing and implementing new trends and materials
• Excellent time management, organization & prioritization skills required to handle multiple projects simultaneously within tight timelines and meet deadlines
• Effective, articulate design communication and decision-making skills
• Coordinate with vendors to help define and spec materials and processes used in fabrication and assembly
• Report to the VP, Industrial Design Studio


• Industrial design experience
• BS/BA/BFA degree (or equivalent) in industrial design (or equivalent)
• 3D modeling skills – preferably Rhino, Pro/E or Solidworks
• Confidence with 2D and 3D design visualization tools
• Evidence of prototyping abilities
• Great communication skills (visual, verbal, and written)
• The ability to think quickly and problem-solve on the spot with a maturity that maintains a positive team environment
• A portfolio that demonstrates wide-ranging concept exploration, innovative solutions, a clear process and is visually appealing

How to Apply

Please send your résumé and portfolio in an email entitled “Intern, Industrial Design” to

Only those applicants who meet our stated requirements will be considered for this job. If you are a possible match for the position, we will contact you to learn more about your background and answer questions about our hiring process. Principals only. No recruiters, please.

NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.


San Francisco, CA

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Amazon is looking for an Industrial Design Engineer for their Robotic Fulfillment division!

You’ve heard of Amazon, right? One of the world’s largest retailers? Run by the world’s richest man (even after his divorce settlement!)

Amazon is an absolute behemoth. Going from being a book-selling service in 1995, to being one of the biggest names in online retail, and even reaching a trillion dollar valuation along the way, Amazon is famous for investing heavily in research and development. For the longest time, all of Amazon’s profits went right into their research and development team, allowing it to become the immovable force it is today. While Amazon’s most profitable service is its web-server service, Amazon is most well known for its e-commerce, logistics and delivery. Having experimented extensively with unmanned delivery methods, including drones as well as self-driving robots, Amazon is looking for a Lead Industrial Design Engineer to join their Robotics team in North Reading, Massachusetts.


Are you inspired by invention? Is problem solving through teamwork in your DNA?

Do you like the idea of seeing how your work impacts the bigger picture? Answer yes to any of these and you’ll fit right in here at Amazon Robotics. We are a smart team of doers that work passionately to apply cutting edge advances in robotics and software to solve real-world challenges that will transform our customers’ experiences in ways we can’t even imagine yet.

We invent new improvements every day. We are Amazon Robotics and we will give you the tools and support you need to invent with us in ways that are rewarding, fulfilling and fun.

The Global Fulfillment and Transportation Solutions Team seeks a customer obsessed and innovative Lead Engineer to lead in the designs for our next generation Robotic Operations. The Lead Engineer provides technical, operational and analytical design leadership for a multi-disciplinary team. This role requires you to scope and design highly automated operations and supply chain workflows that scale, provide technical guidance on current generation designs and technologies that step towards the future vision, influence our technology R&D roadmap, and deliver on significantly complex programs often starting before the problem is well understood.


As a successful candidate you will have a passion for designing high-performance digital-physical systems leveraging your background developing industrial automation solutions and/or leading highly automated high-volume, high-mix, and short lead time operations. You will lead, develop, and/or contribute to cross-functional teams of passionate engineers to conceptualize, design and implement robotics technologies in next generation facilities and network designs all the way through facility construction and startup. You must have strong fundamentals in Industrial Engineering, Lean systems, technical problem solving ability, financial acuity, and the ability to effectively communicate with and influence decision makers at all levels.
You are eager to get into the weeds to deeply understand your customer’s driving metrics using a variety of financial and data analytics techniques. You’re able to pull yourself out of the weeds to provide a holistic vision and cohesive strategy for next generation designs and network strategies. You have an intrinsic motivation and innate ability to simplify problems to deliver results in a fast-paced and often ambiguous environment. Amazon’s culture encourages innovation and expects engineers and managers alike to take a high level of ownership in solving problems.
You will build a network of relationships with business, technology, and engineering leaders, product managers and systems architects across Amazon to align towards simple and coherent designs. At the same time you will bridge gaps you find between partner teams in order to build holistic integrated systems and architectures crossing multiple technology teams. You’ll advise executives and the broader tech community on solutions that resolve global system architecture opportunities that trade-off robustness, stability, scalability, cost-effectiveness, complexity and business value. You will lead and implement mechanisms to “force multiply” yours and the team’s collective technical knowledge, provide technical guidance, and be a resource for technical review across Robotics.
This role is located in North Reading, Ma. Expect to travel up to 10%.


Basic Qualifications
• Proven outcomes of your socially responsible business knowledge and strong technical insight to address customer challenges. Ability to anticipate and develop business priorities for future action. Ability to assess broader and deeper impact of decisions on the business.
• Proven experience with Design for Operations and process design based on Lean Principles. Mastery of fundamentals in Industrial Engineering including Lean/Toyota Production Systems (TPS), value stream engineering, statistical process control (SPC), business case analysis, and ergonomic and safety assessment.
• Demonstrated understanding of supply chain strategy, network architecture and business planning. Have detailed knowledge of global supply chain infrastructure and how different architectures scale.
• Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, operations, or a related field required; MBA or advanced degree preferred. Alternatively 2+ years of Amazon experience as a Principal Engineer preferred for internal transfer.
• Minimum of 5 years of experience leading and managing relevant cross-functional programs.
• Experience using CAD and commercial off the shelf data manipulation technologies.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience working with the designs of complex automated material handling systems including robotics and high-speed manufacturing in high mix and short lead time environments.
• Experience working with Architects, General Contractors, and Engineers on greenfield and brownfield construction projects to integrate life safety, regulatory, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and low voltage requirements into the full project lifecycle.


North Reading (Massachusetts), USA.


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Desk Setups that maximize Productivity

If your job requires you to sit at a desk, you probably spend more waking hours at that desk each day than you do in your own home (or in any other part of your home, if that’s where you work from). If you love your job, this may not seem like such a bad thing, but it’s still worth maximizing your small space for ultimate productivity.

We asked design and productivity experts for advice on how best to structure, organize, and decorate your desk to create a workspace that serves you, keeps you on task, and makes you feel good about what you’re doing.

Focus on Functionality

Keep it simple and functional with items you use all the time. My desktop must-haves include a stapler; a jar of pens, pencils, and highlighters; a candle; and, most important, my planners. My life is in my day planner, so having that right next to me as I work ensures that I stay on task and plan accordingly when responding to emails. It also has all my important to-dos and papers right inside.

Meghan Meredith, life coach and home organizer; Atlanta, Georgia

Practice Minimalism

Having a clear space helps you avoid decision fatigue. If you have a lot of clutter on your desk, it creates a lot of stimuli for your brain to constantly react and respond to. Likewise, if you have a lot of stuff in your space that you have to move and shift around, you’ll likely feel flustered and spend more time finding the things you need. Be intentional and selective about what goes where. If you have a lot of decor you love, consider switching it out weekly instead of trying to fit it all on your desk at once.

Sarah Steckler, productivity expert

Organize Based On How You Work and Think

The way you set up your desk should depend on your job and mirror the flow of your thoughts and materials. If you’re a linear thinker or someone who works based on task categories (prospecting, invoicing, brainstorming), you might prefer to separate papers and other items based on type. If you’re a web thinker or work based on clients or projects, organize your desk that way, with a cubby or file assigned to each of those clients or projects. It all depends — do you want to focus on the process or the project? Adjust your workspace accordingly.

Stever Robbins, executive coach and host of the Get-It-Done Guy podcast; Cambridge, Massachusetts

Bring your Values to the Forefront

Something I’ve always found helpful and have suggested to plenty of clients throughout my years is to put a reminder of your values front and center, whether that’s with a Post-it Note, a printout, or a computer screen background. That way, when you’re feeling overwhelmed and need to decide what to tackle next, you can use those values to help you decide what to do. For instance, if you value flexibility and haven’t had much lately, it might be time to reprioritize a bit so you remember to honor what matters to you. It’s really easy to get swept up in work and spend time on less important things.

Kelly Poulson, life and career coach; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Use Multiple Screens to Keep you on Track

One thing I find that provides a significant advantage is the use of double monitors or very large screens. With the increasing demand to work in multiple applications simultaneously, having dual monitors allows that to happen and helps increase workflow efficiency by making data sharing between applications a breeze.

Tristan Layfield, career coach; Detroit, Michigan

Add Green

Studies have proven that plants enhance how we feel in our interior environments. Some research suggests that being near plants can reduce stress, minimize anger, and contribute to well-being.

Amanda Amato, interior designer; Pompton Lakes, New Jersey

Adapt a “Desktop Zero” Habit

Clutter isn’t evil during a project, but it certainly isn’t necessary all the time. That’s why I adopted the practice of “desktop zero,” just like inbox zero for email: At the end of a task or project, I clear my desk of everything I don’t need sitting out. This keeps my desk clean most of the time but allows me to be super messy when I’m deep in the middle of something important.

Jeff Sanders, author of The Free-Time Formula and The 5 A.M. Miracle; Nashville, Tennessee

Put your Goals in Plain Sight

Your workspace should hold you accountable and inspire you. I love to have my yearly vision board right above my desk, as well as specific 30-, 60-, and 90-day goals posted on the wall for my life and business. I also like to have positive affirmations, inspirational quotes, photographs, and fun banners.

Danise Sumner, owner of Busy Bee Productivity Coaching; Richmond, Virginia

Display Feel-good Photos

Bringing nonwork elements into your workplace through photos can help serve as a reminder that life is about more than work. And if you have photos on your wall from an experience — be it a trip to a beautiful national park or that roller coaster you went on with your childhood best friend — you are decorating your space with memories that spark joy. When your mood is better, you’re bound to have a more positive outlook.

Abby Wolfe, career coach; Portland, Maine

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3M needs a Senior Interaction Designer

At some point in life, all of us have used, loved and spent countless hours getting sticky with 3M products! Even though their Post-it notes have made them a household name, 3M has a huge reach, working in all the major industries such as electronics, transportation, healthcare as well as mining oil and gas! Working with 3M gives you an opportunity to reach and improve millions of people around the globe, and they are looking for a Senior Interaction Designer to join them in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. 3M has a long-standing reputation as a company committed to innovation. We provide the freedom to explore and encourage curiosity and creativity. We gain new insight from diverse thinking and take risks on new ideas. Here, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter.

Job Description:
3M is driving creativity and design as a competitive platform for innovation and brand globally to enhance design-driven solutions for people and the world. We are looking for a Senior Interaction Designer for our Health Care Business Group to enhance the design function at the 3M Design Center, located in St. Paul, MN.

Does your curiosity inspire you to imagine tomorrow’s solutions? Do you ever wonder how collaborative creativity can enrich innovation and make progress possible? Or wonder if design can drive competitive advantage for business and improve the customer experience? These are just a few of the questions we ask at 3M Design every day. Our diverse, global team includes design talent from multiple creative disciplines, who keep the engine going for strong operations to ensure our design organization is world class. We’re looking for creative explorers who are excited to be part of the design journey at an innovation company like 3M, driven by curiosity.

The person hired for the position of Senior Interaction Designer will work with cross-functional teams to create user-centered designs and workflows in support of programs of major importance across the 3M Oral Care Solutions (OCSD) Division. Responsible for design direction, improvement initiatives, design-research, and operating plans for design creation. Independently contributes to multiple major new design programs, redesign programs or continuous improvement projects within the assigned business or function. This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military environments to a 3M career.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

Senior Interaction Designer primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
– Plans and supports UX design workshops with stakeholders builds design artifacts necessary to conduct concept testing/usability testing and produces reports.
– Accountable for defining key user interface behaviors through the use of experience models, personas, storyboards, site maps, flow diagrams, wireframes, mockups, interactive prototypes, simulations, etc.
– Translate customer insights into tangible design deliverables. Thinks beyond boundaries to create design direction.
– Develops and maintains user interaction design guidelines as part of the 3M larger UX design system initiative.
– Develops and/or uses appropriate UX design and evaluation processes and/or efficiency and cost measurements to ensure that any design solution meets or exceeds defined needs and strategies.
– Willingness to be fearless about driving new ideas and finding beautiful and powerful ways to communicate them.

Basic Qualifications: 
– Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), interaction design, user experience design, digital media design, graphic design, visual design, communication design or industrial design
– Minimum of five (5) combined years of working experience in user experience design or interaction design with experiences in designing solutions for desktop, web and/or applications on a variety of platforms

Preferred Qualifications:
– M.S. in Design Strategy, Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction or a related field or equivalent practical experience
– 7 years of experience as an interaction designer
– Ability to visualize data and complex concepts
– Experience designing complex and/or task-based applications
– Experience designing native applications for iOS and Android
– Experience with design research techniques to understand the customer (e.g., interviews, contextual inquiry, usability testing, card sorting)
– Ability to create interactive design prototypes in Axure, Sketch, Adobe XD, HTML/JS/CSS, or other tools
– Experience working collaboratively with other product managers and engineers in a variety of settings and strong communication skills with the ability to articulate positions and advocate designs

Please attach a file or include a link to a non-confidential portfolio of design work along with your application.

Location: Maplewood, MN
Travel: Up to 15%
Relocation: Is authorized

About 3M Design
3M Design is the creative engine driving design for innovation at 3M. As a global team of diverse talent that creates meaningful and consistent brand experiences, we stimulate collaborative creativity to translate insights and technologies into solutions that inspire and positively impact our customers, our employees, and our world. At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 91,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. For more information about 3M Design, visit or follow @3MDesign on Twitter. Learn more about 3M at or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

Diverse & Inclusive 3M
3M is a place where you can collaborate with other curious, creative people. Where your diverse talents, inclusiveness, initiative, and leadership are valued. Where you’ll find challenging opportunities that make your career exciting and rewarding. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies, and products, 3M is a place to grow and be rewarded for excellence. Must be legally authorized to work in the country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Please note: your application may not be considered if you do not provide your education and work history, either by:

1) uploading a resume, or 2) entering the information into the application fields directly.

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