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POSITIONS

Design Researcher

The role of Design Researcher at Tekna is to assist development teams in forming a deep understanding and empathy for people, context, and environments through first hand qualitative methodologies to inspire the creation of meaningful solutions and experiences.  The Design Researcher will develop, lead, and facilitate all research related activities, as well as participate in the analysis and synthesis of key findings to drive the development of meaningful product solutions and user experiences.

Reports to:
Vice President, Product Innovation

Qualifications / Education:

  • Bachelors in Industrial Design, and/or Bachelors in Social Science, Psychology, or Human Development required.
  • Minimum 3 – 5 years of professional experience in a consulting or corporate environment with experience in design research methodologies.
  • Must have strong communication skills, a passion for learning, and intense curiosity.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Design / Engineering Leads to gain an understanding for clients’ business objectives, and assist in the development of the necessary project proposals and deliverables.
  • Structure user-centered research and work with internal and client teams through fieldwork to determine users’ physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural needs.
  • Champion, design, and conduct the appropriate research methods in order to gain user insights and feedback (one-on-one interviews, usability testing, focus groups, first hand immersion, surveys, etc.) to inspire teams to develop innovative and appropriate solutions.
  • Help to facilitate teams and clients through analysis and synthesis of user research to drive clarity in perceived value, opportunity, and implications for development teams.
  • Communicate design insights and opportunities throughout all phases of design. This includes delivering quick but compelling inspiration to help distill the most important insights that inspire marketing, design, and engineering counterparts.
  • Be a bold and vocal advocate for the user throughout the development process.
  • Assist Tekna leadership in the refinement of this role, as well as marketing and selling the capability to current and future clients.
Senior Lead Industrial Designer

The role of a Senior Lead Industrial Designer at Tekna is to provide design leadership and oversight for a given project with focused attention on creating design solutions that address key user needs and business objectives.  It is critical for this role to build strong relationships internally, with new and existing customers, and promote Tekna’s brand and capabilities.  This role will work closely with the Product Innovation Director to develop strategies and proposals for consulting projects and lead a team to provide deliverables that meet the customers’ business objectives and budgets.

Reports to:
Director, Product Innovation

Qualifications / Education:

  • Bachelors Fine Arts BFA or Bachelors Science in Industrial Design BSID
  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience in corporate or consulting design environments

Key Responsibilities:

  • New customer / client relationship building. Focused time dedicated to seeking out new consulting opportunities over and above current customer base;
  • Providing continued advancement of design process, principles and philosophy in collaboration with the management;
  • Mentorship and inspirational lead of design team – continued advancement of individual skill sets within the Studio in a “Show-me, Don’t tell-me” environment;
  • Lead proposal and/or statement of work creation and work with customers to refine as needed to meet their needs;
  • Oversight and management of projects, including overall strategy, process, required resources, budgets and reporting;
  • Demonstrates ownership of core design skills including, but not limited to, hand sketching, prototype creation, CAD modeling, and exceptional story-telling/communication skills;
  • Hands on tactical execution if needed and as required to meet project needs, deadlines and/or internal billability goals;
  • Ultimately responsible for all project deliverables, work quality and presentation of deliverables to customers;
  • Assist in maintaining billability goals for billable resources through accurate proposals, efficient project and resource management, and great communication;
  • Assist Tekna leadership in refinement of key strategies and brand identity;
  • Identify new capabilities and business opportunities in order to grow and diversify revenue streams
UX/UI Designer

The role of an UX/UI Designer at Tekna is to provide user interface solutions that address identified user needs and experiences, while helping our clients meet their business objectives. Achieving this goal requires the close collaboration with other teams of Designers, Researchers, Engineers and Product Managers, both internal and external, throughout the design process. A UX/UI Designer will be expected to support a variety of deliverables ranging from the crafting of user flows and wireframes, to building user interface mockups and prototypes.

Reports to:
Vice President, Product Innovation

Qualifications / Education:

  • Bachelors degree in HMI, Design, or related field
  • 0-5 years of professional experience in Interaction Design, UX or UI Design (Consultant/Corporate)

Key Responsibilities:

  • With guidance from the Design Lead and/or Sr. Designer, assist in the development of the work approach and strategy for accomplishing client and project objectives within the time and budget allowed.
  • Work in a closely collaborative team environment to design the user experience including the user workflow, information architecture, content, and other aspects.
  • Participate/lead a variety of research activities designed to gain a deeper understanding of user wants to inspire and refine interface concepts on both digital and physical targets.
  • Champion the experience for the user while balancing business needs throughout the development process. Realistically design the experience while keeping business and technology constraints in mind.
  • Develop sketches, flow charts, wireframes, interactive prototypes, storyboards, journey maps, and other UX artifacts to effectively communicate the expected design and user experience.
  • Validate that workflows are easy to use and meet end-user needs by collecting feedback from actual users through formal and informal usability testing techniques.
  • Responsible for interpreting/implementing clients’ look and feel based on existing guidance and legacy products.
  • Design and develop final assets needed for implementation by an external software team.
Senior UX/UI Designer

The role of a Senior UX/UI Designer at Tekna is to provide user interface strategies and solutions that address identified user needs and experiences, while helping our clients meet their business objectives. Achieving this goal requires the close collaboration with other teams of Designers, Researchers, Engineers and Product Managers, both internal and external, throughout the design process.  A Senior UX/UI Designer will be expected to support a variety of deliverables including crafting of user flows and wireframes, research planning and execution, creation of user interface mockups and prototypes, performing usability studies, and delivering final documentation and assets to software engineering.

Reports to:
Vice President, Product Innovation

Qualifications / Education:

  • Bachelors degree in HMI, Design, or related field
  • 5+ years of professional experience in Interaction Design, UX or UI Design (Consultant/Corporate)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Design / Engineering Leads to scope projects, gain an understanding for clients’ business objectives, and assist in the development of the necessary project deliverables
  • With guidance from the Design Lead, assist in the development of the work approach and strategy for accomplishing client and project objectives within the time and budget allowed
  • Work in a closely collaborative team environment to design the user experience including the user workflow, information architecture, content, and other aspects
  • Participate/lead a variety of research activities designed to gain a deeper understanding of user wants to inspire and refine interface concepts on both digital and physical targets.
  • Develop sketches, flow charts, wireframes, interactive prototypes, storyboards, journey maps, and other UX artifacts to effectively communicate the expected design and user experience
  • Validate that workflows are easy to use and meet end-user needs by collecting feedback from actual users through formal and informal usability testing techniques
  • Responsible for interpreting/implementing clients’ look and feel based on existing guidance and legacy products
  • Provide clear documentation and final assets to Software Engineering while ensuring design intent is met.
  • Provide design direction to internal UX/UI Designers and external consultants as needed to support UX/UI activities.
Production Staff

Performs production work in a light industrial and/or assembly environment within the guidelines of Tekna Inc. job description.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Utilize hand and power tools.
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs occasionally.
  • Staff members are crossed trained across multiple work stations, quality standards, as well as high standards of safety and workmanship.
  • Perform assembly activities with the direction of the line leader(s).
  • Assemble to written work instructions.
  • Assist in inspection of parts.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Reports to the Line Leader.

 

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