What does a Senior Director of Product Design do?

A product designer is responsible for the design and development of consumer products. Duties of this position include improving existing product designs and analyzing working concepts launched by competitors of similar products to match quality and performance. Depending on the industry and company, product designers may progress to a senior, executive or managerial role.

A bachelor's degree is often required with the focus varying according to the industry. Relevant work experience is preferred and successful candidates often possess a strong knowledge of computer assisted design (CAD) and excellent concept to launch capabilities. Other beneficial skills include good research and competitor analysis skills and an understanding of industry trends and market conditions. Due to the nature of the work, the physical ability to sit for long hours in front of a computer every day is required.

  • Create design concepts and drawings to determine the best product
  • Present product ideas to relevant team members for brainstorming
  • Suggest improvements to design and performance to product engineers
  • Employ design concepts into functional prototypes
  • Perform research on product technologies and structures to implement into design concepts
  • Maintain up to date on current industry trends and market conditions
  • Coordinate with designers to ensure accurate communication and efficiency in the design phase
  • Modify and revise existing designs to meet customer expectations
  • Relevant work experience as a product designer is preferred
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent eye for aesthetic design and customer appeal
  • Good understanding of color science and combinations
  • Artistic and innovative flair
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Meticulous and diligent
  • Strong knowledge of the industry and market trends
  • Able to sit in front of a computer for long hours at a time
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

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“I worked a great deal of overtime on a regular basis to try and get things in a better position.”

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“The staff was really helpful and always respond super quickly to any questions I have.”

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“It's really nice to work somewhere that people are genuinely excited about the product we are building.”

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