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Design Program Manager, Industrial Design

Company: Google Inc.
Location: Mountain View
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • 5 years of experience managing industrial design, color/material/finish or creative projects.
  • Experience working with consumer hardware.
  • Experience working with design groups.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in user centered design processes and iterative development processes.
  • Experience with design tools, software and prototyping methods at varied fidelity.
  • Experience working with multiple disciplines such as Industrial Design, Color, Materials and Finish (CMF), Mechanical Engineering, Supply Chain, and Operations.
  • Working knowledge of project management software and Google Docs.
  • Ability to multitask, analyze opportunities, define successful approaches, solve problems, and accomplish objectives with minimal direction.

About the job

A problem isn't truly solved until it's solved for all. That's why Googlers build products that help create opportunities for everyone, whether down the street or across the globe. As a Program Manager at Google, you'll lead complex, multi-disciplinary projects from start to finish - working with stakeholders to plan requirements, manage project schedules, identify risks, and communicate clearly with cross-functional partners across the company. Your projects will often span offices, time zones, and hemispheres. It's your job to coordinate the players and keep them up to date on progress and deadlines.

Our goal is to build a Google that looks like the world around us - and we want Googlers to stay and grow when they join us. As part of our efforts to build a Google for everyone, we build diversity, equity, and inclusion into our work and we aim to cultivate a sense of belonging throughout the company.

You will be responsible for leading projects through the design process by coordinating the work of Industrial Designers, UX Designers, Researchers, and Engineers. In this role, you'll combine project management skills with a passion for industrial design and user experience to help your team design how users interact with our products. You'll work cross-functionally and collaborate with executives, managers, designers, and engineering teams to plan projects, define milestones, assign resources, assess risks, and help projects meet deadlines. As a Design Program Manager, you will also manage all project-related communications to team members, leaders, and other stakeholders.

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Our Devices & Services team combines the best of Google AI, Software, and Hardware to create radically helpful experiences for users. We research, design, and develop new technologies and hardware to make our user's interaction with computing faster, seamless, and more powerful. Whether finding new ways to capture and sense the world around us, advancing form factors, or improving interaction methods, the Devices & Services team is making people's lives better through technology.


  • Collaborate with and support design team leads in delivering strategic counsel through all project interactions. Act as a bridge between the Industrial Design (ID) team, Color, Materials, and Finish (CMF) team, UX, Engineering, and Manufacturing teams.
  • Identify team and project needs with regards to process, tools, documentation, asset management, etc. Implement or drive required changes to make sure design team members are working at optimum efficiency.
  • Collaborate with ID team leadership in key project decision-making, including requirements gathering, scheduling, resource allocation, coordination of teams and approval processes. Define and manage project schedules and budgets from inception to completion.
  • Oversee vendor liaison administration duties such as budget, Statement of Work (SOW), Purchase Order (PO) management and vendor enrollment.
  • Provide clear communication to cross-functional team leads and management regarding project status, resource requirements, issues, and priorities.

Keywords: Google Inc., Mountain View , Design Program Manager, Industrial Design, Other , Mountain View, California

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