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Senior Manager Advanced Design

Job Description

Job: Engineering
Primary Location: United States-California-Sunnyvale-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 200131


Company Description: 

Joining Intuitive means joining a team dedicated to using technology to improve patient care efficacy and decreasing invasiveness of medical procedures, with patient safety as our highest priority. We work in a high-energy, focused, small-team environment, and believe in applying first principle thinking, insight and data-driven decision making, continuous learning, and systematic planning to deliver results and achieve our goals. 

Primary Function of Position: 

As the Senior Manager of Advanced Design, you will identify scope and lead multiple strategic projects that bring a human centered process and vision to early stage technology innovation. 

You will lead multi-disciplinary design teams and collaborate with Human Factors Researchers, advanced technical development teams and Product Marketing Managers to develop deep empathy for our users and generate desirable user experiences. You will lead the process to develop tangible embodiments that communicate the strategic vision and user value in the form of physical and/or digital prototypes. You must be able to lead multi-disciplinary design teams to iterate quickly to develop future concepts. You have strong story telling abilities that blend user value, design opportunity and potential for business growth. 

You will be involved in the early strategic stage of the product development process across both digital and physical products. You will be collaborating with design leads and cross-functional technical partners to help shape the vision and strategies behind some of the most significant initiatives in the company. You should feel comfortable changing elevations quickly, from high-level strategic thinking to in the weeds execution. Intuitive’s work in Advanced Technologies has many exciting challenges ahead, and we are excited to welcome you as a team member as we build the future of intelligent surgery. This is a full-time position in our Sunnyvale, CA Office. 

Roles & Responsibilities:
About You: 

• You are a fantastic design leader and help others become incredible product thinkers and designers.
• You are an expert in human centered design process and strategy.
• You enjoy collaborating with technical partners and thrive working on abstract and unprecedented design & interaction problems.
• You know how to set the bar high. You know what quality looks and feels like.
• You help designers become the collaborative glue that inspires product management and engineering while also developing their core competencies at envisioning what could be.
• You hire excellent people. You are able to create the systems for you (and others) to effectively evaluate and hire designers who can take Intuitive to new levels of excellence.
• You increase the effectiveness of the design team. As a leader and example-setter, you should be effective when you are not even in the room. Your processes will be celebrated, emulated, and copied by teams throughout the organization.
• You have excellent communication and analytical skills that help you to adapt in a new dynamic, cross-functional environment quickly.

What You’ll Do 

• Build and lead the advanced design team for Intuitive to help define future and new product visions. You are future thinking, and you are not afraid to take risks.
• Identify, scope (define activities, timeline, team and deliverables) and lead strategic design projects and collaborate with internal stakeholders.
• Lead the team by showing great examples of design practices and help solve complex interaction problems.
• Present compelling user centered visions to senior leadership to influence project directions and strategic decisions.
• This role/team will focus exclusively on front-end innovation work. Projects may not end up transitioning into commercialization.


Skills, Experience, Education, & Training: 

• Minimum 8+ years in a user centered design field with outstanding proven design leadership skills and visionary mindset.
• Demonstrated experience managing design teams in the conceptualization of hardware and software and the ability to build, mentor and motivate teams.
• Expertise and passion in the user centered design process and ability to evangelize the power of Design within the organization to senior leadership.
• Excellent communication, organization and planning abilities.
• Ability to build trusted relationships with partners.
• Strong background and knowledge working with a wide range of IxD / UI / ID, UX Research in a highly technical environment or complex product suite, demonstrated through a comprehensive portfolio of successful products.
• Possess strategic, systems thinking

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