Industrial Designer
LOUD Technologies - Woodinville, WA

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LOUD Technologies Inc. is one of the world’s largest dedicated pro audio and music products companies. As the corporate parent for world-recognized brands Ampeg®, Blackheart®, Crate®, EAW®, Mackie® and Martin Audio®, LOUD engineers, markets and distributes a wide range of professional audio and musical instrument products worldwide. Our product lines include so reinforcement systems, analog and digital mixers, guitar and bass amplifiers, and acoustic and electric guitars. These products can be fo in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post-production facilities, so reinforcement applications including houses of worship, stadiums, nightclubs, retail locations, and on major musical concert tours. Loud Technologies Inc. (MACKIE, AMPEG) is in need of a professional Industrial Designer. As a member of a friendly team of engineers, marketers and audio geeks, you will bring your strong analytical skills and proven design knowledge to collaborate closely with Brand Managers and Engineers to define, conceptualize, refine, and release best in class pro audio products to the marketplace.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:
Collaborate with marketing, brand managers, mechanical engineers, acoustic engineers, electrical engineers, project managers and Contract manufacturing. The designer needs to be self-motivated and able to manage their time effectively as they will work on multiple projects at the same time. Under the supervision of the Design Director, the Industrial Designer conceptualizes new product offerings based on brand vision and product requirements. This may be a combination of hand sketches, rendering, physical models, or CAD models; anything that allows the designer to adequately communicate design intent to all stakeholders. This could include user research, market research and consumer trend analysis. The Industrial designer identifies innovation opportunities and may provide solutions that may alter the development of the product. Refine chosen design direction. Based on complexity of design and requirements of the project, a CAD model may be created as well as multiple prototypes in order to fully develop the design language and functionality. Understanding and hands-on knowledge of manufacturing processes is needed. The designer will be required to manage vendors in the creation of prototypes or source materials for the evaluation or feasibility of the design direction. Release Design to manufacturing. The Designer will work closely with Mechanical and Electrical engineering to develop documentation that fully communicates the design intent to manufacturing. The designer will be responsible for First Article Inspection of parts and final assemblies and any changes needed based on DFM reports or Contract manufacturer feedback. Travel to Contract Manufacturers or Vendors outside the USA may be required. Marketing assets such as renderings and animations will be the responsibility of the Industrial Designer. Collaborate with marketing, brand managers, mechanical engineers, acoustic engineers, electrical engineers, project managers and Contract manufacturing.

Specific Job Skills:
Working knowledge of manufacturing processes, wood box construction, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding.

Working knowledge of Adobe CS suite especially Illustrator and of MS Suite.

Proven knowledge of 3D surface development within a CAD program. SolidWorks and ProEngineering preferred.

Experience in CAD rendering is a plus. Bunkspeed preferred.

Ability to communicate effectively with core design competencies: sketching, 3d visualization and modeling Strong interpersonal and communication skills dealing with a divergent set of stake holders.

Experience communicating directly with off shore manufacturing is a plus.

Experience with document control software like Agile a plus. Strong problem solving skills.

Passion for the Pro Audio industry a plus.

Education and/or Experience:
BA/BS design degree from an accredited program

Minimum 4-7 years of proven design development

Job Conditions:
Travel outside the USA may be required.

Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

LOUD Technologies offers a competitive benefits package to full-time employees including medical, dental, PTO, short-term/long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending and 401k, plus great extras including great employee product discounts, and live (lunch-time) music during spring and fall.

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