Product Designer/Prototyper

| Palo Alto, CA, USA
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Job Description

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.

We are amid the biggest change the automotive industry has ever seen. Just as cars changed the world over the last century, recent 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. We want to create digital products that get better each day on a global scale. We want to do this while contributing to the sustainability of our planet. We are re-founding Ford from Ford 1.0 to Ford 2.0 where we evolve from appearance-based product development to experience-based product development that embraces the holistic vehicle experience-interior, exterior, and beyond.

Digital Product Design (DPD) at Ford is committed to envisioning and creating simple, thoughtful, enjoyable, and compelling product experiences that our customers need and love. We work in close partnership with product and engineering to deliver best-in-class interactions experiences that meet the needs of people today, and in the future. Our team is comprised of a dynamic group of product designers, researchers, visual designers, industrial designers, modelers, and project managers.

In this position

At Ford Model e, you will be at the forefront of Ford's most strategic products, designing human needs into the heart of our next generation of products, services, and experiences. At Ford, we are not just inventing the future, we're operationalizing it to help people move through their lives, better. We are looking for an exceptionally gifted UI/UX professional who is obsessed with exploring and advancing the latest interactive design trends, hardware capabilities and technologies. In this role, you must be able to envision the big picture while also rolling up your sleeves to perfect the smallest details. You will create compelling and thoughtful in-vehicle user experiences with a focus on clean and artful design and where it seamlessly integrates with in-vehicle hardware technology.

What you'll do

  • Identify driver and passenger challenges and ideate holistic solutions.
  • Work with PM's to synthesize project details, product requirements, and user journeys, within the boundaries of technical constraints.
  • Collate the vast amounts of data and collaborate with the many subject matter experts within Ford to establish guiding principles for your designs.
  • Use Figma and other design tools to develop compelling user experiences in the form of user stories and wireframes.
  • Connect, collaborate, and contribute to a Design System and define best practices.
  • Prototype and validate interaction models through user clinics using hardware prototype and vehicle bucks.
  • Manage timelines and expectations for design deliverables.
  • Advance our UX vision through motion and prototypes.
  • Express our brand vision through user interface design for in-vehicle experiences.
  • Execute designs with a keen sensibility to layout, color, typography, and interactive behavior.
  • Employ a systematic approach to solving large, complex design challenges.
  • Present creative work early and often to key stakeholders in design reviews.
  • Work with cross-functional partners to get your designs implemented as designed.

You'll have

  • Bachelor's degree HCI or equivalent or a combination of education and equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience in UX/UI product design

Even better you have

  • Exceptional visual design skills
  • Sensitivity to intelligent system interactions
  • Understanding of Atomic Design principles
  • Familiarity with Agile methodologies
  • Prototyping abilities (e.g. Figma, ProtoPie or similar)
  • Proficiency in human-centered design approaches, techniques and philosophy
  • Automotive UI/HMI experience
  • Background in digital product design solutions
  • Excellent concepting, written, oral and visual communication abilities
  • In-depth knowledge of the latest UI trends, techniques, and technologies
  • Experience creating and managing design systems at scale
  • Background working through iterative product design cycles

You may not check every box, or your experience may look a little different from what we've outlined, but if you think you can bring value to Ford Motor Company, we encourage you to apply!

As an established global company, we offer the benefit of choice. You can choose what your Ford future will look like: will your story span the globe, or keep you close to home? Will your career be a deep dive into what you love, or a series of new teams and new skills? Will you be a leader, a changemaker, a technical expert, a culture builderor all of the above? No matter what you choose, we offer a work life that works for you, including:• Immediate medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage• Flexible family care, parental leave, new parent ramp-up programs, subsidized back-up child care and more• Vehicle discount program for employees and family members, and management leases• Tuition assistance• Established and active employee resource groups• Paid time off for individual and team community service• A generous schedule of paid holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year's Day• Paid time off and the option to purchase additional vacation time.

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This position is a salary grade 8.

Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

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.

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. In the United States, if you need a reasonable accommodation for the online application process due to a disability, please call 1-888-336-0660.


More Information on Ford Motor Company
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 insurance, Vision insurance, Health insurance and Life insurance. To see all 212 open jobs at Ford Motor Company, click here.
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