Posted 5 months ago

Junior Industrial Designer

Madison, Wisconsin
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Vortex Optics is looking for a creative, ambitious and well-rounded individual to support the development of our growing Optics division. As a Junior Industrial Designer, you’ll partner with a diverse, cross-functional team spanning from Engineering, Sales, and Marketing to drive the look and execution of the long-term brand strategy of Vortex’s Optics lines. The ideal candidate will leverage their creative and mechanical mindset with strong communication skills to help our customer focused organization develop the most advanced, highest quality and most exciting optics equipment in the industry.

What You’ll Be Doing
  • Assist Industrial Designer in chosen direction for conceptualization and development of new products. Plans, establishes, and manages a variety of tasks including research, concept production, model making, and presentation in the aesthetic and functional design of products
  • Enhance consumer appeal of product by contributing to or establishing the aesthetic and functionality of products
  • Listen to the voice of customer while utilizing market research and intuition to create products that are best suited for customer adoption
  • Maintain strong product knowledge across all products in the Optics segment
  • Propose design concepts by researching and preparing 2-D and 3-D models
  • Formulate specifications by preparing dimensional, material, and finish criteria necessary to support industrial design intent
  • Specifications developed in conjunction with marketing, engineering, manufacturing, and outside vendors under the supervision of staff and/or senior designers as well as design management
  • Create product Artwork by working directly with engineering to design and implement new artwork or revise existing artwork
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design
  • 2-3 Years of design experience
  • Creative and technical skills to provide visual communication of concepts
  • Strong understanding of mechanics and various manufacturing processes
  • Proficient in 3D modeling
  • Experienced with Solidworks
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • Strong sketching and graphic communication skills, digitally or by hand
  • Ability to achieve results while managing multiple projects and priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Good understanding of human factors and user experience
  • Good understanding of working with foreign manufactures
  • Strong model making and prototyping ability and general shop knowledge
  • Experience working with or developing soft goods a plus

Preferred Experience and Skills
  • Experienced with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Keyshot
  • Familiarity with standard manufacturing processes, concepts, practices and procedures in CNC machining and injection molding preferred

When you join Team Vortex, you’ll enjoy:
  • Great health, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid time off (PTO) and holidays
  • 401(k), life insurance and short- and long-term disability
  • Various onsite amenities including a fitness center, a nature preserve with walking trails and dog friendly work areas
  • Neighboring daycare facility
  • Casual and flexible work environment
  • Employee discounts on industry leading products
  • Many more excellent benefits and employee perks 

What’s it like to join Team Vortex?
From the production floor to the repair room, from consumer sales to new product development, we’re a growing team of makers and doers, working together to give our customers an experience they’ll never forget. Our employees thrive in situations that require demonstrating our core values:
  • Customer is King
  • Willingness to Shovel Snow
  • Long-Term Thinking
  • Family
  • Appreciation
  • Innovation
*Must already be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer
*This job is based in Barneveld, WI (~30 miles from Madison, WI)

*If applying to this position, a portfolio is required with your submission

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