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Director of Industrial Design

Samsung Design America (SDA), located in San Francisco, CA, is looking for a world-class Design Director who shares our “innovation through passion” philosophy and thrives in a fast-pace, results-driven environment.

The Director of Industrial Design provides leadership and management to the team, which includes conceptual development, visual design and graphic production. This person will manage multiple projects through all stages of development: from incubation to final production and is responsible for overall quality, innovation and creative vision.

This person will mentor, guide and inspire the Industrial Design team. On individual projects, the person will integrate business requirements into strategies, marketing and aesthetic interests. The Director will also lead development of new business, develop and build discipline capabilities.

Core Competencies:

  • Team leadership
  • Project ideation
  • Design direction
  • Coordination of overall creative process
  • Resource and personnel management

Essential Functions:

  • Lead and manage the Industrial Design team
  • Know the ins and outs of all team projects to ensure design solutions are on strategy and deliverables are met on time and with high level of quality
  • Lead projects from concept through completion
  • Close collaboration with internal team leaders and cross functional teams
  • Bring a high level of design standards, practice and aesthetics to all design solutions and executions
  • Possess good communication skills to build partnerships with internal and external teams
  • Drive the creative strategy to support company goals by collaborating with senior leadership on all current and future initiatives
  • Promote SDA with the design of a new business presentation


Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design or equivalent, Master’s Degree preferred

Skills Required:

  • Skilled in negotiation and setting expectations against real-world limitations
  • Accomplished in the manufacturing process of diverse products
  • Passionate about creating extremely high standards for design
  • Innovative, responsive, flexible and able to succeed within an open collaborative peer environment
  • Manage cross-disciplinary teams to contribute to the conceptualization, design and specification of innovative consumer products
  • Proven ability to apply and perform design skills (i.e. drawing/sketching, ideation, use of texture, spacing and scale, visual presentation development, layout, multimedia and digital)
  • Demonstrated ability to apply creative skills in innovative ways that elevate brand excellence
  • Knowledge of trends influencing design in general
  • Experience collaborating with UX Designers/Researchers, Engineers and Product folks and managing contractors and vendors
  • Strong communication skills and experience collaborating with various teams in different locations

Years of Experience:

12 or more years of professional experience as an industrial/product designer
5 or more years experience leading teams that have done cutting edge design work while meeting aggressive deadlines



International and Domestic travel is required


Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Available to work overtime when needed

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