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Industrial Designer

Job Description

Job: Engineering
Primary Location: United States-California-Sunnyvale-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 200843


Joining Intuitive Surgical means joining a team dedicated to using technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and 
decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority. 

Primary Function of Position:

Industrial Designers at Intuitive will help design next-generation instruments and accessories for robotic surgery systems as well as refine and evolve existing product lines. Industrial designers are very hands on, helping to translate real user insight into actionable design opportunities and successful user experiences.


As a natural collaborator and strong communicator, the Industrial designer will work with our process partners (engineering, clinical development, human factors, user research and marketing) on the framing and definition of future product opportunities. With an ability to explore, prototype and test a wide range of new ideas, the industrial designer visualizes opportunity and helps build consensus on the right path forward.


As a natural storyteller, the industrial designer will create effective presentations that illustrate new user benefits and opportunities for Intuitive. Focusing on the physical aspects of the product, she/he employs an understanding of user needs, brand, aesthetics, form, proportion, color, materials, and manufacturing processes that transform complex mechanical designs into elegant forms that are usable, beautiful, and manufacturable.


Roles and Responsibilities:

An industrial designer is responsible for defining and contributing to the design of new products at Intuitive. Working with company stakeholders, design leadership, interaction and visual design, brand, product marketing, engineering, human factors, user research, clinical development and manufacturing the industrial designer creates compelling, user centered design solutions that will improve user experience and drive company growth.

The industrial designer:

  • Is organized and comfortable contributing to and often leading cross-functional brainstorms and team meetings
  • Is reliable and dedicated to achieving the highest quality design output
  • Employs a user centered design process to help teams frame and define opportunities
  • Is a highly creative problem solver
  • Works with product development and engineering groups early in product development lifecycle to generate conceptual product designs and opportunities
  • Collaborates with interaction designers and engineers in the design of user interface elements such as user controls
  • Prototypes early and often to inform concept development
  • Embraces failure as a learning opportunity
  • Uses 2D and 3D tools to create designs that combine usability, utility, manufacturability, and desirability
  • Contributes to and often leads the design and fabrication of compelling functional and/or appearance prototypes for review by team leaders, usability experts, and executive staff

The ideal candidate must have:

  • An incurable curiosity relating to all things design
  • A passion for designing meaningful, revolutionary products that make an impact on people’s lives
  • A bias toward action and an eagerness to support the team and the project
  • Excitement for working on difficult problems with a dedicated team of high-energy, high-caliber people
  • A natural aptitude for teamwork, thriving on brainstorming and presenting
  • The ability to independently work, solve problems, and seek out information as needed
  • Healthy email communication habits making you a responsive team player
  • Excellent storytelling and presentation skills and an ability to effectively communicate a user centered point of view
  • Strong observational skills and experience working with user research teams
  • Experience mapping user workflows to identify and frame design opportunities
  • Experience and passion for designing small scale products with a high degree of technical complexity
  • Ability to learn from and inspire other industrial designers on the team
  • A strong aesthetic sensibility and artistic skill
  • Ability to distill technical and ergonomic requirements and then quickly develop solutions reflecting a range of simple, elegant, and technically-feasible solutions
  • Strong 2D visualization skills including hand sketching, Illustrator, Photoshop rendering
  • A comprehensive set of prototyping skills from quick low-fi foam models to more complex functional learning prototypes
  • Strong 3D CAD skills to visualize compelling industrial and interaction design solutions. (SolidWorks, Alias or Rhino, Keyshot)
  • Proficiency in SolidWorks is desired. Specific experience with complex surfacing is a plus
  • Ability to translate and capture brand attributes in compelling physical forms
  • Ability to combine industrial design objectives with the objectives of our process partners
  • Experience working successfully with engineering teams to develop designs and bring products to market
  • A solid baseline understanding of materials and manufacturing processes
  •  Medical device and packaging design experience a plus
  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design or related field of study
  • 5-8 years experience in the industrial design industry
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time for case observation.
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