Senior Automotive Designer (Accessory)

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Scout Motors

Here at Scout Motors, we're carrying forward the heritage of one of the most iconic American vehicles in history. A vehicle dating back to 1960. One that forged the path for future generations of rugged SUVs and will do so once again.

But Scout is more than just a brand, it's a legacy steeped in a culture of exploration, caretaking, and hard work.

Scout is all about respect. Respect for the environment by developing all-electric vehicles with the capability to get you to any location. Respect for the past and the future by taking an iconic American brand that hasn't been around for a while, electrifying it, digitizing it, and loading it with American innovation. Respect for communities by creating a company that stands for its people and its customers. And respect for both work and play, with vehicles that are equally at home at a camp site, a job site, or on a Tuesday commute.

At Scout Motors, we empower our talented, inclusive, and entrepreneurial teams to innovate. What makes a Scout? Someone who is a visionary and a leader, who seeks new paths and shares lessons learned. A knowledgeable doer who collaborates across the company to build better. A go-getter with unrivaled passion.

Join us at Scout Motors and be part of shaping the future of transportation. If you're ready to drive change and make history, apply now!

What you'll do

Become part of an iconic brand that is set to revolutionize the all-electric pick-up truck & rugged SUV marketplace by achieving the following:

  • Design Development: Collaborate with cross-functional teams including engineers, product managers, and marketing professionals to develop and refine design concepts for interior and exterior automotive components. Translate conceptual ideas into tangible designs that meet functional and aesthetic requirements.
  • Sketching and Rendering: Create detailed sketches, renderings, and digital models of interior and exterior automotive designs using industry-standard software tools. Present design proposals to stakeholders for feedback and iteration.
  • 3D Modeling: Utilize computer-aided design (CAD) software to produce accurate and realistic 3D models of automotive components. Ensure design feasibility, manufacturability, and compliance with safety standards.
  • Trend Analysis: Stay updated with the latest trends in automotive design, materials, technology, and consumer preferences. Apply this knowledge to propose innovative design solutions that enhance the overall user experience.
  • Prototype Development: Collaborate with prototyping teams to create physical prototypes of automotive components for evaluation and testing. Work closely with engineers to refine designs based on prototype feedback.
  • Design Documentation: Create comprehensive design documentation including technical drawings, specifications, and design guidelines. Ensure accuracy and clarity of information for manufacturing and production processes.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Effectively communicate design concepts, ideas, and recommendations to team members and stakeholders. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to align design objectives and maintain project timelines.

Location & Travel Expectations: The responsibilities of this role require attendance at in-person meetings and events regularly. The role will be based in Novi, MI. Applicants should expect that the role will require the ability to travel to participate in events on behalf of the company from time to time.

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What you'll bring

We expect all Scouts to have integrity, curiosity, resourcefulness, and strive to exhibit a positive attitude, as well as a growth mindset. You'll be comfortable with change and flexible in a fast-paced, high-growth environment. You'll take a collaborative approach to achieve ambitious goals. Here's what else you'll bring:

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in Industrial Design, Transportation Design, Automotive Engineering, or a related field.
  • 4+ years of experience in design, with experience in automotive or transportation, focusing on accessory components.
  • Strong portfolio demonstrating proficiency in concept development, sketching, rendering, and 3D modeling.
  • Proficient in industry-standard design software such as Alias, Blender, AutoCAD, CATIA, Rhino, SolidWorks, or equivalent tools.
  • Knowledge of rendering software such as Vred, KeyShot, or V-Ray is desirable.
  • In-depth understanding of automotive design principles, materials, manufacturing processes, and safety standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, generate unique design concepts, and pay meticulous attention to details. Aesthetic sensibility and the ability to balance form, function, and market appeal.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively articulate design concepts and collaborate with cross-functional teams. Ability to present ideas in a clear and persuasive manner.
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills to work effectively in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Openness to receiving feedback and iterating designs based on stakeholder input.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple design projects simultaneously, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

What you'll gain

The benefits of joining Scout include the chance to build products and a company from the ground up. This is a chance to create something new and lasting – with an iconic brand at its foundation. In addition, Scout provides competitive compensation and benefits to support your physical, mental, and financial wellbeing. Program specifics are detailed in company policies and employee benefit guides, select highlights:

  • Competitive insurance including:
    • Medical, dental, vision and income protection plans
  • 401(k) program with:
    • An employer match and immediate vesting
  • Generous Paid Time Off including:
    • 20 days planned PTO, as accrued
    • 40 hours of unplanned PTO and 14 company or floating holidays, annually
    • Up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave for biological and adoptive parents of all genders
    • Paid leave for circumstances related to bereavement, jury duty, voting time, or military leave
  • Corporate Vehicle Program with:
    • Eligibility to lease up to 2 vehicles at competitive rates

Pay Transparency

This is a full-time, exempt position eligible to receive a base salary and to participate in an annual performance bonus program. The salary range listed represents the maximum and minimum starting base pay for this position as of the time of posting. Final salary offered will be determined based on factors including but not limited to the candidate's skills and experience. The annual performance bonus program is preset and not candidate dependent.

Initial base salary range = $130,000 - $150,000

Internal leveling code: IC8

Notice to applicants:

  • Residing in San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Scout Motors will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
  • Residing in Los Angeles: Scout Motors will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.
  • Residing in New York City: This role is not eligible for remote work in New York City.


Equal Opportunity

Scout is committed to employing a diverse workforce and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, or any other characteristics protected by law. Scout is committed to compliance with all applicable fair employment practice laws.