D-FORD Interaction Designer

in Palo Alto, CA

D-FORD Interaction Designer Job

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    Palo Alto, CA, US

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    Enterprise Product Line Management (EPLM)

At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow’s transportation.

Our Interaction Designers create seamless product and service experiences for people in a constantly evolving mobility landscape. Grounded in a deep understanding of user needs, we explore, design,
prototype, and launch services to create experiences that bind together physical products, digital services and human interactions.

As an Interaction Designer you will

  • Participate throughout the entire design process—from inspiration and research to building
    prototypes and communicating a vision, bringing to life integrated digital-physical experiences
    through brand, people, space, products and services.
  • Work with a project team to conceive, design, develop, test, and launch new products and services, applying systems thinking to information and experience design that seamlessly engages people.
  • Elicit user pain points and design opportunities during human-centered design research, grounding ideas and actionable concepts in user and business needs, design principles, and technical capabilities.
  • Apply systems thinking to information and experience design that seamlessly engages people
    through touchpoints along a service journey for consumer and business applications.
  • Collaborate on designing, running and testing new solutions through experiments and prototypes at varying levels of fidelity–from scenario storytelling, wireframing, data visualization, click-through prototypes, animation, and motion design to functional prototypes and build-ready assets.

The minimum requirements we seek:

  • Bachelor’s degree in New Media, HCI, Interaction Design, Service Design, Industrial Design, or Graphic Design
  • Two or more years’ experience using human centered design, design thinking principles or methods in a formal, in-person setting 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Interaction Design, Service Design, New Media, HCI/HMI or related field.
  • Experience of graphic design, and digital design and prototyping tools such as Illustrator, Sketch,
    Figma, HTML/JS/CSS, InVision, Principle, or After Effects.
  • Hands-on experience of and passion for building mockups and prototypes, from digital to tangible proofs of concept.
  • Experience of working in highly collaborative design teams, or other multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience of working on digital products and services for consumer and business applications.
  • Experience of working with software development teams and methods to bring products to market.
  • Experience of working at startups.
  • Passionate about automotive and mobility industry.

A bit about us
We’re in the midst of the biggest change the automotive industry has ever seen.

Just as cars changed the world over the last century - creating the driver, highways, gas stations, and
malls - self-driving cars, electric powertrains, and connected vehicles will radically reshape how we live,
work, and play, our cities and society themselves, in the next hundred years.

At D–Ford, you’ll be at the heart of creating that future. You’ll be at the cutting edge of Ford’s most
strategically critical work, designing people and society’s needs into the heart of our next generation of
products, services and experiences.

You’ll also be designing at scale. Every day, Ford’s vehicles and services support millions of people
around the world. So, at D–Ford, we’re not just inventing the future, we’re operationalizing it, to help all
those people move through their lives, better.

We drive human progress through empathy, creativity and design.
Our values are our guiding light, and the conscience for our work, and our people. We’re looking for people
who share this way of being - you don’t need to be convinced of it, you just get it:
We are curious about the world, designing systems and connections that enable people to move
more freely.
We are inspired by the people around us, bringing their unique stories to the forefront of our
We provoke new ways of thinking about tomorrow’s toughest design challenges, while grounded
in what’s possible.
We build in the open, rigorously testing, iterating and evolving our ideas with others.
We radically collaborate across teams, geographies, and philosophies, uncovering new insights
to tomorrow’s problems.
Our strength comes from bringing our whole selves to the community—from introspective to
playful or quirky. What will you bring?

We don’t hire “Design Thinkers.” We hire T-people. You:

+ Have deep expertise in a craft
+ Are comfortable working in relatively flat and dynamic teams
+ Are passionate to work on ambiguous and complex future challenges
+ Have a collaborative and empathetic mindset to solve problems with teams across Ford

Alongside everyone’s role as a designer of world class design content, you will also be expected to
contribute to a range of communities to maintain our creative culture. We call these Community Hats .

They can range from stewarding the lab, leading a workshop, mentoring others, contributing to
publications, hosting a tour with executives, bringing your maker skills to build prototypes, or leading
your craft in a global community of like-minded designers.

These global communities will ensure that we stay connected across the organization, and constantly
push the impact of what we do. They can act as additional areas of responsibility, helping to push
careers in different directions.

We have four global labs: Palo Alto, Detroit, London and soon, Shanghai.

You’ll be part of a growing organization in the heart of Ford’s Product Development Center to drive
innovation from the inside out.

What you’ll receive in return:

As part of the Ford family, you’ll enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You’ll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.

If you have what it takes to help us redefine the future of mobility, we’d love to have you join us.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis.  Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, TN visa holders may be considered.

By choice, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.

For information on Ford's salary and benefits, please visit: https://corporate.ford.com/content/dam/corporate/us/en-us/documents/careers/2021-benefits-and-comp-GSR-sal-plan-3.pdf 


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