Product Designer (Digital)

Location: Woking, GB

Job Title:                             Product Designer (Digital)

Function:                             Design 

Reporting to:                       Principal Product Designer                                                

Date of preparation:            September 2020              

Background

Taking decades of expertise from advanced telemetry, data-driven performance optimisation and virtual product development, join us on a journey like no other. We are a technology company which combines fresh thinking and innovation to solve crucial challenges and improve people's lives in a diverse range of industries.

Purpose of the Role

We are searching for a Digital Product Designer, ideally someone with hybrid expertise across Digital Product Design and Industrial Design. Our primary requirement is for digital proficiency, but we recognise the value of having people in the team with a background in Industrial Design and therefore an ability to appreciate both physical and digital form, function & interaction.

Foremost, this is an exciting opportunity to be part of team shaping the future of mobility, but you should also expect to play a part in other initiatives where your digital design skills will be called upon to do more than just create app screens or websites – you’ll be instrumental in the formation of innovative product and service propositions across a number of other dynamic high-growth markets.

Expect to work in an inter-disciplinary and dynamic environment where you will be required to take personal responsibility for the activities that you undertake.

Principal Accountabilities

The role requires leadership and collaboration on a wide variety of projects from initial concept, to final product delivery. The person in this role must be comfortable with early discovery phases and be able to navigate the chaos of front-end innovation; tackling observational research through to insight and ultimately into product user requirements.

In the first six months the person in this role will lead on the digital experience for a future mobility project. This is a relatively small, but impactful team and you will be the got-to expert for digital UX & UI, whilst also happy collaborating closely with technical teams across functions including Mechanical, Electronics, Systems, Modelling, Simulation and Data Science.

The role requires proficiency in the creation of compelling narratives, and developing them into User Journeys, User Archetypes, Use Cases and ultimately into wireframes, digital prototypes and desirable user experiences.

A recognised expert in Digital Product (including but not limited to UI) within our diverse and technically driven organisation, bringing your own fresh thinking and experience to our projects and ways of working

Responsible for being a champion of Digital Design and Design Processes and advocating the strategic value it brings to the business. Specifically demonstrating value through project delivery and by being open and engaged with the wider technical community.

Leadership of projects, as well as supporting wider programmes of product development through more executional design practices.

Openly sharing ideas and inviting collaboration with others at all levels of McLaren Applied. Seek to build and strengthen technical relationships across McLaren Group whilst being conscious of commercial sensitivities. 

Act as a mentor and role model, sharing knowledge and expertise outside of own area. 

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Competent with the articulation of the product design process – from insight generation & uncovering of unmet needs to definition of product requirements & through concept design and development
  • Solid experience of conceptualising, designing and developing digital products through to commercialisation in at least one of the following sectors; consumer products, health, public transport, automotive or motorsport, is an essential requirement
  • Capable of putting strategic thinking, problem solving and collaborative skills above ‘Pixel pushing’
  • BSc, BEng, MA in Design (Product/Industrial/UI/UX/Multimedia), equivalent creative technical degree or equivalent industry experience
  • Exceptional visual design with ability to adapt style and language to different business and context.
  • Experience designing and developing digital applications moving from initial concept sketches, through screen-based interactive prototypes and onto design support for final development
  • Experience collaborating with either front-end developers or software engineers during product development and realisation
  • Exceptional level of creativity and innovation
  • Adept at performing user research, facilitating workshops, user testing, UI/UX validation and product requirements formation
  • Ability to understand and translate complex technical challenges and requirements provided by specialists into elegant & meaningful solutions
  • Expert at sketching and visualising ideas for all levels of communication
  • Experience in designing detailed user journeys
  • Experience working with Lean UX, Lean Startup or similar incubation-type methodologies would be a benefit.
  • Proficient at translating sketched design concepts into assets and deliverables, using industry standard digital tools (Adobe CC, Sketch, InVision, Figma, Principle Marvel, etc.)
  • Experience of working with global brands, their design teams and acting as the client’s point of contact for digital product design.

Those that thrive in McLaren Applied Design often have the following in common:

  • Enjoy working within cross-disciplinary, dynamic & ever-evolving environments
  • A sense of responsibility & ownership of everything they are involved with
  • Competence and patience with the articulation & demonstration of the value of design to our business
  • Accepting that design is a part of a wider functional base, of a successful and profitable business
  • Engaged with working in a highly technical and complex project context & business environment

Environment   

Design is based in our new office in the centre of Woking; we have a newly designed space for innovation with great connection to central London (5min walk to Woking station & 20mins into London Waterloo).

Core working hours are Monday to Friday and with flexibility on start and end times to total 40 hours. We encourage flexible working to enable a sustainable balance between work and home lives.

Some domestic and international travel may be required.

Recruitment Process

Following a review of your CV and cover letter, one of our experienced recruiters may contact you to arrange a telephone interview. 

If our recruiter believes you’re suitable for the role, you will be invited to the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking or our offices in central Woking to meet key members of the team to talk though your CV and portfolio.

If successful, you’ll be invited in for more in-depth discussions on certain aspects of the role and to meet further members of the function and broader team. To support this in-depth interview, you may also be asked to complete a design-related challenge in your own time and then to share your thinking.

 

 

 

All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.

This job description may not detail all duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature which are commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.