Director, Prototyping

Job Locations US-WA-Everett
Req No.
2021-1462
Category
Design Realization - Prototyping
Type
Full-Time

Overview

The Director of Prototyping will be the senior business leader and subject matter expert  for TEAGUE’s prototyping business and services. They will build and maintain a world-class prototyping team that supports design and the development of new products and experiences for TEAGUE’s clients. Working in partnership with the Executive and Leadership teams, they will develop a vision for TEAGUE’s prototyping services and position TEAGUE for the future.  

 

Why We Need This Position  

In this day and ageit’s not enough to have great forward-thinking ideas. We need a cutting-edge prototyping team that delivers the future into our clients hands through brilliant, innovative prototype solutions. And that team needs a leader who will motivate, inspire, and guide them to greatness. That is where you come in.  

 

Who We’re Looking For

You are a seasoned and proven leader who knows what it takes to build, nurture, run and inspire a world-class, innovative, and cost-effective prototyping team In addition to leading the team in a shop environmentyou’ll work closely with senior leadership on forecasting and pursuing new prototyping work You have grown and developed physical/digital prototyping services in the past and will deploy that experience to align TEAGUE’s physical and digital prototyping needs with the design project work TEAGUE is pursuing. You have a strong point of view about the future of prototyping services and can shape clear service offering that is in demand in the marketplace. You’ve got business chops as well, which will help you as you contribute to business planningmeeting revenue targets; forecasting, business development discussions and strategic planning. As an industry leader, you’ll make recommendations for changes to the prototyping services to meet market changes, competitive threats or to support strategic plans. You’ll also leverage your network of external contractors, vendors and suppliers to meet increases in prototyping demand or to access prototyping materials, processes and capabilities through outsourcing. You are passionate about an integrated design and prototyping approach and see prototyping as a way to develop solutions and communicate design. In short, it’s your job to direct TEAGUE’s prototyping function so that the environment/facilities, culture, team, capabilities, tools, processes, expectations, work style and other elements support the TEAGUE brand and  strategic goals. 

 

This is not a job for the faint of heart—it’s a big, gutsy, dynamic position at the forefront of an innovative industry in a fast-paced environment that involves both strategic vision and paying attention to the numbers; strong leadership and a collaborative spirit; and, finally, a passion for building, mentoring, innovating and problem solvingFor the right person, going to work will be like being a kid in a candy shop. If you’d like to come build the future with us—and think you’ve got the chops for the job—we want to meet you.  

 

What We Just Said, Now in 6 Bullet Points (a.k.a., Essential Qualifications): 

  • Experience: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a design related field required; 15 years experience in a prototyping business with deep breadth and evidence of successful prototyping outcomes for clients; 5+ years experience in a leadership role within a prototyping business driving business results and prototype delivery; experience providing long-term planning as well as oversight of day-to-day operations; distinguished credentials; a recognized leader, thinker and builder who inspires others; expansive prototype network and supplier/vendor network preferred; a proven track record of successful projects and satisfied clients; experience with networking and building client/business relationships 
  • Special skills: Specialized knowledge of the requirements of a prototyping operation that supports design, including aviation or transportation design, experience design, and product development both physical and digital; experience pitching, scoping, and developing execution plans for cross-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary project teams (ID/UX design, mechanical, electrical, software, lighting, VR/AR/MR) to deliver on a broad mix of physical/digital prototyping challenges; demonstrated experience and interest in the “business side” of prototyping; demonstrated ability leading strategic function(s)demonstrated negotiation and conflict resolution skills; demonstrated client & team management skills; exceptional presentation, communication and writing skills; exceptional project framing skills; defining approach, deliverables, stages, process to ensure confidence within internal teams and with client; excellent follow-through, prioritization and organizational skills 
  • Special Requirements: Frequent interaction with clients and co-workers requires regular attendance in the workplace; may be required to travel domestically and internationally periodically 
  • Passion: Building and optimizing creative, high-functioning teams 
  • Role: Leading and shaping a cutting-edge prototyping team that aligns with TEAGUE’s strategic vision 
  • Personality: Visionary, business-minded, collaborative, innovative, inspiring to others 

TEAGUE is currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are a Washington State based company. All employees must reside in the state of Washington and be able to access one of our studio locations in the greater Seattle area when we return to work in our hybrid/remote work approach.   

    

Competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package offered including 4 weeks paid time off and up to 10 paid holidays throughout the fiscal year.   

    

At TEAGUE, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We search the globe to find and attract top talent from diverse backgrounds and value unique perspectives and experiences.   

   

TEAGUE is an EEO/AAP employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

 

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