Senior Interaction Designer, Greenfield Labs Ford Smart Mobility

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Senior Interaction Designer, Greenfield Labs Ford Smart Mobility
Palo Alto
Ford Motor Company

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The Ford Smart Mobility (FSM) LLC team is working to transform the urban transportation experience. Housed within FSM LLC, Greenfield Labs are a small but highly capable and fast moving team designing, developing, shipping and testing new products and services that help people make the best of multimodal transportation systems in cities around the world. We are looking for candidates to join us in this journey to develop and deliver exciting and ground-breaking human centered transportation products and services.

Job Description

As a Senior Interaction Designer you will lead teams through all project phases including research, analysis, ideation and prototyping to design. You will have a unique opportunity to take a key role in a dynamic environment, bringing the best in great UI/UX, software and hardware engineering and business service design to bear on transforming the world of transportation.

Guide and mentor junior designers, including new hires and interns throughout the year.

Collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team with backgrounds such as industrial designers, business designers design researchers, software engineers, and other interaction designers to develop holistic design solutions.
Provide developers, designer, business analysts, team leaders and senior managers with vision and detail about your design concepts, through annotations and/or verbal briefings:

Actively seek out feedback and insight to develop your own ideas and those of others on your team.
Apply latest techniques in software engineering, coding and development to design for web, mobile and embedded technology with the end user in mind
Shape and scope out design briefs, project approaches and other business development efforts/tools.

Take a proactive lead during ambiguous project phases, to iterate and discover new design opportunities: Illustrate user journeys, personas and goals, information models and more.
Work closely with Visual Designers to collaboratively sketch out early thinking and to iterate on detailed interaction design work
Produce wireframes and interactive prototypes to depict proposed functionality to stakeholders,
potential users, developers and other audiences.
Be the end-user champion, and transform user insights and test results them into new design solutions.

Develop and facilitate the development of human-centered design tools, methods, models or approaches; supporting related knowledge share and collaboration across teams and disciplines. Lead presentations of project work with clients and other collaborators.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Graphic Design, New Media, Industrial or Interaction Design, Art, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related technical field.
  • 6+ years interaction/graphic design experience across digital media.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Extensive professional experience in user-centered interface design, usability and techniques
  • Ability to closely collaborate with developers, business analysts and data scientists to solve technical challenges.
  • Ability to innovate, visualize and prototype new concepts to demonstrate and test with users and stakeholders.
  • Strong verbal, written and visual presentation skills. Can communicate the value of design and brand within a design and business context, and identify the critical design trade-offs to deliver value-add solutions.
  • Fluent in Sketch; Illustrator; Photoshop; and on-screen prototyping tools. can demonstrate professional skill in Concept Model Design, UI development for functionality, visual UI development and information architecture.
  • Familiar with front end web markup and scripting, including HTML, CSS, and Javascript.
  • Organized and self-motivated; a natural team player, design thinker and communicator.
  • Ability to see both the big picture, and at the same time be detail oriented and delivery focused.
  • A talent and passion for design – creating new experiences that people enjoy using everyday.

The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.