Design Director

Permanent employee, Full-time · Shanghai

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Responsibilities


We are seeking an experienced and technically talented digital and visual designer who wants to help us push the future of digital interfaces and lead our design teams! While automotive experience is not required, you should be someone who knows and understands the deeper trends within the automotive, mobility, and product design sectors.

Along with your design skills, we’re excited to see you bring together 3D/Motion, UX, UI and branding concepts to help us deliver holistic design solutions for our clients. You should be a strong leader able to motivate and mentor those within your team. It is your goal to create a learning environment and an open team spirit that supports exchange and collective effort. Strong leadership skills combined with a good understanding of team dynamics and structuring are required.

The right candidate should feel comfortable presenting work to clients and continuously working on solutions to help all stakeholders achieve their best. You should never shy away from the chance to support the team with hands on design and mentoring.


Qualifications

Responsibilities:

  • Create outstanding user experiences, visual interfaces, strategies, and automotive UI/UX concepts
  • Assure project success by structuring, mentoring, and leading design teams
  • Harmonize UI, UX, motion, product, and branding concepts within internal teams
  • Team mentor who strengthens innovative thinking and quality awareness in equal measure.
  • Develop and build a strong relationship with our clients as partner and consultant by delivering projects that exceed the clients expectations
  • Continuous improvement of quality and efficiency on project, client and department level to achieve operational excellence
  • Synchronize, align with and support other icon incar entities/divisions and icon group

Qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of experience in UI, UX, and visual design
  • An understanding of the automotive and mobility industry
  • Business level English is required, good German is also preferred.
  • For Shanghai roles, Mandarin is required. 
  • Proven success managing design teams and multiple projects at once
  • Experience with the latest design and collaboration tools and methodologies
  • Comfortable and convincing with consulting, speaking, and presenting to clients
About Us


icon incar is a highly specialized design consultancy for Automotive User Experience, Connectivity Concepts, Mobility Ecosystems and for Research and Development. As part of the iconmobile group, a consultancy for design, technology and innovation, icon incar is active at locations worldwide: in Berlin, Munich, Ingolstadt, Santa Monica, Detroit and Shanghai, with more than 120 employees.

Today we support projects of all sizes across all locations, for traditional OEMs as well as for EV start-ups, mostly directly in cooperation with the design departments of our clients. We cover the entire value chain from research & innovation through pre-development to series production.

Culture & Benefits


Continuous development is a key component of innovation and since our people are our greatest strength, we know how important it is to provide development opportunities. We offer an ongoing leadership development program and an annual budget for skill training and expansion. In addition to the programs we offer, being part of icon incar means joining iconmobile group, which includes our agency business, as well as our own ventures such as D[AI]TA and banbutsu. With so much diversity in the work we do, it’s nearly impossible not to learn something new every day – whatever your role.

Everything we do at icon incar aims to support our employees in their pursuits in and out of the office. With flexible working hours, ambitious and bright colleagues and an innovative international environment with diverse employees from every corner of the globe, we allow our employees the chance to define their own authentic work-life balance, challenge imaginations and help us stay innovative and forward thinking. As we work hard and we strive for excellence, we also do our best to make our employees feel happy – therefore we provide access to a host of discounts and deals for shopping and services and offer lots of company events and parties coupled with an adaptive work from home protocol, attractive salaries, sabbatical plans, and a company pension scheme.

With our centrally located offices in Berlin, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Munich, Detroit, and Ingolstadt that come equipped with stocked kitchens and lounge areas, we hope you join us in our mission to designing a better future!

About us

*All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, citizenship, HIV/AIDS status or any other legally protected factor. Applicants for U.S. based positions are generally required to be eligible to work in the U.S. without the need for current or future sponsorship.  

 

Responsibilities

icon incar sucht für unser Studio in Berlin einen erfahrenen und leidenschaftlichen Design Director (w/m/x) mit Schwerpunkt Interface Design (UI) mit ausgewiesener Erfahrung in der Betreuung und Führung eines starken Kreativteams sowie der Beratung von Key Accounts.

Über die Rolle
Du hast Erfahrung im Mobility Sektor und Spaß daran, die bekannten Grenzen des digitalen Interface-Designs kontinuierlich auszuweiten. Der Blick über den Tellerrand zeichnet Dich aus, Du beschäftigst Dich aus eigenem Antrieb ständig mit den neuesten Trends in der Designbranche.

Neben deinen gestalterischen Fähigkeiten macht es Dir großen Spaß, im Team zu arbeiten und es zu betreuen und zu fördern. Dein Ziel ist es, eine Lernumgebung und einen offenen Teamgeist zu schaffen, die den Austausch und die gemeinsame Arbeit unterstützen. Ausgeprägte Führungsqualitäten in Kombination mit einer holistischen Sichtweise und einem tiefen Marken- und UX-Verständnis sind dabei unerlässlich,  denn unser Team ist interdisziplinär aufgebaut. Folgende Disziplinen gilt es zu steuern: User Research, UX-Strategie, Information Architecture, UI-Design sowie 3D- und Motion Design.

Du bist versiert darin, die Arbeit der Teams vor einem Kunden zu präsentieren, und Du hast Spaß daran, den Input des Kunden zu diskutieren und an Lösungen zu arbeiten, um optimale Ergebnisse zu erzielen. Dein Hauptaugenmerk liegt dabei immer auf der Bereitstellung von User Experiences in höchster visueller und technischer Qualität.
Qualifications
Deine Fähigkeiten
  • Gestaltung von einzigartigen digitalen Produkterlebnissen auf diversen Plattformen in einer Führungsrolle
  • Team-Mentor, der innovatives Denken und Qualitätsbewusstsein gleichermaßen stärkt
  • Fokus auf UI-Design mit hybriden Fähigkeiten (3D Motion, UX etc.)
  • „Digital Native“, Kenner und Treiber neuester Design-Trends
  • Mentor für das Team
  • Aufbau einer starken Beziehung zu unseren Kunden, Beratung und Betreuung
  • Kontinuierliche Verbesserung von Qualität und Effizienz auf Projekt-, Kunden- und Teamebene, um operative Exzellenz zu erreichen.
  • Aktiver Beitrag zu unserer Firmenkultur, unserem gegenseitigen Austausch und Inspiration sowie zu iconmobiles übergreifendem „thought leadership program“
Unsere Anforderungen
  • Abgeschlossenes Studium im Design-Bereich, mindestens zehn Jahre Berufserfahrung
  • Umfangreiche Erfahrung im Design (UI)
  • Große Erfahrung in der Teamführung – als „Macher“, nicht als (Konzern-)Manager
  • Erfahrung mit den neuesten Tools und Methoden
  • Hervorragende Consulting-Fähigkeiten
  • Fähigkeit, effektive Kreativ- und Projektbeschreibungen zu erstellen
  • Strukturierte und taktische Arbeitsweise bei mehreren Projekten parallel
  • Großes Interesse an Mobility-Themen
  • Verhandlungssicher in Englisch
About Us

icon incar ist eine hochspezialisierte Design Consultancy für Automotive User Experience, Connectivity Konzepte, Mobility Ecosystems sowie für Forschung und Entwicklung. Als Teil der iconmobile group, Beratungsunternehmen für Design, Technologie und Innovation, ist icon incar international an den Standorten Berlin, München, Ingolstadt, Santa Monica, Detroit und Shanghai mit über 120 Mitarbeitern aktiv.

Heute betreuen wir über alle Standorte hinweg Projekte jeder Größe, für traditionelle OEMs ebenso wie für EV-Startups, meist direkt in Zusammenarbeit mit den Designabteilungen unserer Auftraggeber. Dabei decken wir die komplette Wertschöpfungskette von Research & Innovation über die Vorentwicklung bis zur Serie ab.

Über uns

*All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, citizenship, HIV/AIDS status or any other legally protected factor. Applicants for U.S. based positions are generally required to be eligible to work in the U.S. without the need for current or future sponsorship.  

 

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