Creative Technology Director (Detroit, MI)

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At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow's transportation.

The Experience Design (XD) Team is responsible for the digital and physical design of new businesses, new products, and new services in emerging areas such as autonomous vehicles, mobility services, and commercial vehicle services. We are looking for creative individuals to join us and help further the vision and mission of D-Ford's XD team. We are committed to envisioning and crafting simple, thoughtful, enjoyable, and compelling products and services for customers!

We're in the midst of the biggest change the automotive industry has ever seen. Just as cars changed the world over the last century, new technologies such as self-driving cars, electric powertrains, and connected vehicles will radically reshape how we live, work, and play in the next hundred years. You'll be at the heart of creating that future. You'll craft every touchpoint our customers encounter, designing people and society's needs into the heart of our next generation of out-of-vehicle products, services and experiences. You'll also be designing at scale. Every day, Ford's vehicles, and services support millions of people around the world. So, we're not just inventing the future, we're operationalizing it, to help all those people move through their lives better.

We create differentiating experiences that delight users through empathy, creativity, and design.

What you'll be able to do:
The Group Technology Director will be responsible for providing leadership over technologists that bring to life new to early-stage products, services and experiences through iterative hardware and/or software prototypes of varying fidelity that often leverage emerging technologies.
  • Provide leadership over the creation of tangible experiences that demonstrate new products and experiences using technology at the appropriate level of fidelity.
  • Provide direct leadership to prove new concept technical feasibility and viability. Manage complexity stability in your team's high low fidelity prototypes, showcases exhibits.
  • Develop emerging technology strategies - Provide influence over the strategic uses of emerging technology, across all brands and all touch points.
  • Invent Solutions- Lead the team(s) in the invention of original and patentable technologies, and novel combinations and uses of technologies for our business.
  • Experiment- Lead the team(s) in the proactive and practical experimentation of novel technologies uses that have potential scalable guest, employee or business impact.
  • Manage relationships and projects with technical stakeholders, partners and vendors.
  • Be an active member of the XD team, contributing to every phase of the project through technical innovation, validation, and turning prototypes into reality.
  • Showcase the latest creative uses of technology to the wider company and introduce emerging technologies into the human-centered design process.
The minimum requirements we seek:
  • Bachelor's degree or a combination of education and equivalent experience
  • 8+ years of experience in a creative technology or relevant senior engineering leadership role
  • 4+ years of experience leading teams/organizations in new product creation and development
Our preferred requirements:
  • Master's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience and familiarity with a range of prototyping tools and solutions.
  • Demonstrated portfolio of rapid prototyping, solution delivery and transition to production
  • Deep knowledge of digital technologies, ability to tinker with almost any hardware or software platform
  • Serious coding chops - platform/language agnostic
  • Experience working across engineering and design teams
  • Experience utilizing design thinking and/or human-centered design
  • Track record of building and running great digital services that creatively work with existing systems and business models to meet user needs
What you'll receive in return:
As part of the Ford family, you'll enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You'll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.

If you have what it takes to help us redefine the future of mobility, we'd love to have you join us.

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

We are 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.

At Ford, the health and safety of our employees is our top priority. Vaccination has been proven to play a critical role in combatting COVID-19. As a result, Ford has made the decision to require U.S. salaried employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless employees require an accommodation for religious or medical reasons. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption.For information on Ford's salary and benefits, please visit:
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Ford Motor Company operates in the Automotive industry. The company is located in Dearborn, MI and Palo Alto, CA. Ford Motor Company was founded in 1903. It has 175633 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 108 open jobs at Ford Motor Company, click here.
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