Industrial Design Manager
Let’s get right to the point……
Anyone can make a knife, but courageous innovation is what makes it a Benchmade. At Benchmade Knife Company, we have an industry-renowned passion for mastery and hold ourselves to a higher standard. We never compromise on our design, materials, craftsmanship, or brand – we push the boundaries of design to the edge. From field to table, we innovate courageously and execute flawlessly.
The journey starts with an insight and we are looking for an Industrial Design Manager to take that insight and disrupt the knife industry with ground-breaking design fueling iconic brand platforms. The Industrial Design Manager we envision joining our team is sharp, creative, strategic, and excited by rapid growth. This role drives the origination, research, insight harvesting, ideation and design of products in consideration of product brief/requirements, form, ergonomics, finish, and fundamental function. As the leader of our Benchmade Design Team, the Industrial Design Manager will own Benchmade’s processes, collaborative partnerships, identity, and evolution.
Come be a part of the fun! We are proud as proud of our Benchmade company culture as we are of our products. We have an awesome team and are excited to watch it grow! Want a little bit of an insight into our product and culture? Check out Benchmade on social media and view some of our insights into design—like here!
Our Core Values
ELEVATE EVERYTHING – We each bring a specific set of skills to the table, offering up our expertise and resources to enhance the work of others. We challenge each other to be the best in order to achieve enduring value in the eyes of our customers.
BETTER IS BETTER – There is no finish line; we strive for continuous improvement in everything we do. We obsess over every detail to find ways to improve both our products and our process.
UNAPOLOGETICALLY ACCOUNTABLE – We’re open and honest in how we speak and listen. We celebrate each other’s successes, and collectively rally to solve every challenge. We own it!
COURAGEOUS INNOVATION – There are elegant ideas awaiting discovery in everything we do. We push everyone around us to pursue those ideas openly so we can continue to dominate the category.
COMMUNITY-DRIVEN – As a family business, we understand the importance of enriching the communities we call home. As a company, and as individuals, we work to make our expertise available to do the most good for those around us.
-Provides holistic strategic direction for the industrial design team, based upon research, insights, emerging technologies and design solutions.
-Manages the industrial design team through mentorship, performance management, training and daily guidance.
-Manages the output of external knife designers as an extension of the Benchmade Industrial Design Team.
-Provides oversight/approval of 2D graphic placement on 3D products (laser marks).
-Originates and develops ideas to design the form, ergonomics, finish, and fundamental function of all Benchmade hardgood products: Researches publications, attends trade shows, and consults with engineering, marketing, production, and sales representatives to establish product design strategy, design concepts, and final execution of consumer product designs.
-Evaluates design ideas based on factors such as appealing appearance, design-function relationships, serviceability, materials and methods engineering, application, budget, price, production costs, methods of production, market characteristics, and market specifications.
Integrates findings and concepts from collaborating Benchmade independent designers and translate into sketches & design ideas.
-Presents design to Marketing, Sales & Engineering and discuss needs for modification and change.
-Supports the building of concept models, using hand and power tools and various materials.
-Prepares or coordinates preparation of working drawings from sketches and design specifications.
-Designs products for custom applications or related products in our markets.
-Usually specializes in edged products and related tools in several markets including, outdoor, hunting, law enforcement, military, sporting, gentleman, and tradesman.
-A Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design or other related degree, and 10+ years of experience in the Industrial Design field with consumer products, preferably in the outdoor/edged product markets is required. Equivalency to the qualification standard will also be considered.
-5+ years of previous experience as the primary owner of a brand’s (or sub-brand’s) design identity (DNA).
-Demonstrates a strategic mindset.
-Ability to understand impact of design decisions on the broader organization (Marketing, Sales, Ops, Finance, etc.)
-Able to effectively implement through influence and presentation.
-Able to work with varying levels of the organization.
-Ability to handle multiple projects and capable of prioritizing workload.
-Possess excellent communication skills – verbal and written.
-Ability to effectively communicate as a storyteller to both internal and external audiences
-Must be flexible and able to adapt quickly to a constantly changing environment.
-Ability to work in cross functional teams and lead projects from conception to completion.
-Computer/software competency including Adobe, Rhino, Fusion 360, Alias, Keyshot, MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, Project. Knowledge of ProEngineer desirable.
-Working knowledge of Windchill PDM or similar file vaulting system desirable.
-Passion for our products and market.
-Management experience a plus.
Benchmade offer our employees a wide variety of comprehensive rewards and benefits including:
-Cash profit sharing and performance incentives
-Medical including Prescriptions and Vision
-Dental including Orthodontia
-Short-Term and Long-term Disability
-Life & Accidental Death and Dismemberment
-401K with company match
-Fitness Center Reimbursement
-Pay for time off, including holiday, bonus holidays, vacation, sick, bereavement and jury duty
-Employee Assistance Program
-Flexible Spending Account
-Outstanding employee discounts on Benchmade products and other partner companies
-Targeted development planning and learning opportunities
-Employee and family events throughout the year
-Most importantly, Benchmade provides a fun, family oriented and entrepreneurial work environment
This is an exciting time to be part of a company on the verge of even greater success. If you think you have what it takes to be part of a company that strives to create a working environment that stimulates team spirit, passion, engagement, and achievement, complete an application today. Please include a resume and cover letter with your online application.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veterans, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Benchmade complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, benefits, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.