Chief Designer -11040
Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. - Irvine, CA

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Hyundai Kia America Technical Center, Inc (HATCI) is looking for a Chief Designer for our Hyundai Design Studio in Irvine, CA who will:

Lead and oversee the Hyundai North American Design team – including leading managers, creative designers, modelers, studio engineers and digital and clay sculptors. To create the most compelling and appropriate design solutions in two dimensions (2-D) and three dimensions (3-D) for the North American Market.

Lead the North American Design teams to create compelling and appropriate 2-D and 3-D designs relevant to the brand for North America. Design teams include Design – Exterior, Interior, Color & Trim; Clay Modeling; Digital Modeling; Studio Engineering.

Plan and organize the workloads, manpower, timing and personnel of projects with the support of the Studio Management Teams.

Travel to Korea for all presentations to Senior Management. Travel to Auto Shows, Satellite Studio Support/Reviews, Manufacturing Plants, Suppliers, Tradeshows, Dealer and Public Relations events.

Develop Department strategies for Brand and Design identity, Product Portfolio, Manpower and Staffing, and other considerations for new product development.

Represent the Design Studio in Korea for North American design presentations, at Auto Shows throughout North America, to provide support and to hold design reviews with the satellite Studio in Ann Arbor, to consult with the manufacturing plants, to meet with suppliers, to attend trade shows, and to attend dealer and public relations events.

Manage, train, evaluate, discipline and make recommendations for hire, pay changes, promotions or terminations.

Travel up to 40% of time domestically and internationally.

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Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Industrial Design, or Transportation Design

10 years supervisory/managerial experience

15 years experience in Automotive production design – including both interior and exterior design

15 years experience in Automotive concept design – including interior design

8 years experience in creating 2-D and 3-D full and scale models in ALIAS, clay, sketches and renderings

15 years experience in creating and interpreting Board and Engineering drawings.

Candidates applying for positions with Hyundai must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.

HATCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.