Senior Lead Industrial Designer Job

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Date: Nov 9, 2023

Location: Renton, WA, US, 98055 Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

Company Information

PACCAR is a Fortune 500 company established in 1905. PACCAR Inc is recognized as a global leader in the commercial vehicle, financial, and customer service fields with internationally recognized brands such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF trucks.  PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.  PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.


Whether you want to design the transportation technology of tomorrow, support the staff functions of a dynamic, international leader, or build our excellent products and services — you can develop the career you desire with PACCAR. Get started!


Division Information

Kenworth Truck Company, founded in 1923, is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. With an excellent heritage of quality, innovation and technology, Kenworth has played an essential role in the development of trucks that are more fuel efficient, productive, and economical to operate. Today, Kenworth is leading transportation innovation with the introduction of battery-electric vehicles, exploration of fuel cell electric powertrains, and autonomous driving systems. Kenworth is committed to fostering an environment of diversity, equality and inclusivity in the workplace.


Job Description

The Senor Lead Design Engineer is responsible to provide the design and oversight for exterior and Interior projects, including advanced technology projects and subprojects. Works closely in collaboration with Digital Sculptors and the Modeling Studio to ensure the design intent is captured in both digital models and physical model properties through all phases of design and product creation process. The Lead Senior Industrial Designer reports to the Design Manager.


Job Functions / Responsibilities:


  • Create and implement innovative design solutions for future and current truck exterior and interior designs, including advanced technology projects and subprojects.
  • Be able to communicate design concepts through sketches, renderings and digital models and make formal presentations to senior level management and internal and external customers.
  • Mentor and coach junior design staff members to nurture their knowledge and expertise.
  • Apply industry experience and skills to execute multiple programs and projects through all phases of design and product development from initial concept through to production implementation with minimal guidance or oversight.
  • Work closely with the Digital Sculpting and the Studio Modeling Staff, and engaging all internal and external customers, suppliers, and stake holders through the design development to ensure the design intent and objectives are met.
  • Provide design oversight as necessary to follow up development of 3D CAD models and models and mockups to ensure a high level of surface refinement and quality of design.
  • Work jointly with studio designers, modelers, product planners and engineering to achieve the stated goals.  Promote clear and concise communication about project deliverables and timelines. 
  • Self-manage efficient & timely completion of projects.  Assess project priorities and adjust assignments as necessary to maintain project objectives.
  • Handle multiple tasks and rapidly respond to model or packaging revisions and product changes as requested from Product Planning, Engineering and Industrial Design staff.
  • Demonstrate professional and successful communication skills (verbal/written/visual) with strong and effective interpersonal abilities.
  • Acquire the necessary knowledge of technical developments of vehicles and their applications, industrial and automotive design, trends, materials, legal requirements and processing and production methods.
  • Manage Class-A surface releases and inspection of production parts against styling requirements.
  • Able to identify, prioritize, and coordinate resolution of design feasibility between Industrial Design and Engineering Groups. 


Qualifications & Skills

  • BS, BA or BFA in Industrial Design or Transportation Design.
  • Minimum of (15) years of professional vehicle design studio experience.
  • Design Projects Portfolio Required.
  • Exceptionally creative, highly motivated and team oriented. Foster a creative and innovative culture internally and externally.
  • Strong leadership skills with strong emotional intelligence.
  • Skilled use of Alias or similar CAD, VRED, Gravity Sketch, Blender or similar Sub-D modeling software preferred. Skilled use of Photoshop or equivalent software is required.


Applicants must provide a portfolio at the time of application (uploaded PDF document or link to an online site).


Why work for PACCAR/Kenworth?

  • Global Fortune 500 Company with a wide array of growth and development opportunities
  • Work alongside experienced goal-oriented colleagues recognized as experts in their fields
  • Support and/or design the commercial vehicles of the future with a focus on emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous trucks


As a U.S. PACCAR employee, you have a full range of benefit options including: 

  • 401k with up to a 5% company match 
  • Fully funded pension plan that provides monthly benefits after retirement 
  • Comprehensive paid time off – minimum of 10 paid vacation days (additional days are provided with additional seniority/years of service), 12 paid holidays, and sick time 
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education 
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans for you and your family 
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA) 
  • Paid short-and long-term disability programs 
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance 
  • EAP services include wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more 


Additional Job Board Information

At PACCAR, we value talent and promote growth and development. We carefully consider numerous compensation factors including your education, training, or experience. The salary range for Senior Lead Design Engineer is $93,000-$145,500 annually. This position is also eligible for a holiday gift. Additionally, this role is eligible for the full range of benefit options listed above.


PACCAR promotes equal employment opportunities by implementing policies and practices that ensure employees and applicants are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status or other legally protected status. This applies to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, termination, rates of pay, and other conditions of employment.

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