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

Job Description
As part of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, Greenfield Labs purpose is to bring humanity to mobility by apply human-centered design thinking that creates breakthrough mobility solutions. We believe that by deeply understanding how people interact with transportation today, we can design all-new mobility solutions that progress the human journey and positively impact urban transport systems. We are searching for an exceptional Senior Interaction Designer to join us on this challenging and transformative journey.

You are someone who is passionate about human-centered design, and has a desire to apply these principles to an emergent, global need (as well as influence your own development). You’re looking for a senior design role in a highly collaborative and innovative environment. You will have the opportunity to pursue your professional interests across multiple design functions, and pursue excellence in your craft and personal development.

You will have the opportunity to:
  • Be passionate about transforming mobility by applying exceptional design
  • Work on challenging projects across a variety of mobility opportunities
  • Contribute to a cross-functional team with design disciplines including; research software, product and communication to develop compelling mobility solutions
  • Create prototypes that help teams identify user value and capture key learnings
  • Design digital and physical mobility experiences that engage and delight the end user

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.
  • Shape and scope out design briefs, project approaches and other business development efforts/tools.
  • Take a positive ‘can do’ lead during ambiguous project phases, to iterate and discover new design opportunities: Illustrate user journeys, personas and goals, MVP criteria, 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 / design experience with emphasis on the conception and delivery of digital products, applications and services, as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

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.