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Director Exterior Lighting & Component Design, Volvo Cars

Gothenburg, Sweden

Director Exterior Lighting & Component Design

Your leadership will make a difference.

At Volvo Cars, we are always looking for world-class leaders who bring out the best in our people. If you want to be part of leading and inspiring our mission to change the automotive experience and make people’s lives less complicated, then we have the job for you.

What we offer

Volvo Car Design is a dynamic team whose aim is to exemplify the company's unique heritage and core values. The Volvo Car design aesthetic has traditionally expressed the company's values of customer safety and well-being. In recent years, the design organisation has taken the pure, clean, subtle design language to new levels of sophistication with class leading quality incorporating sublime attention to detail.

Volvo Cars is looking for an inspirational leader with outstanding exterior design expertise who will employ a visionary approach to developing the Volvo Cars Exterior Lighting and Component strategy with consistency over future years. The goal is to deliver products that redefine core well-being, tasteful luxury and long-term quality in the premium market. The design should exemplify intelligent, subtle and timeless good taste.

The successful candidate will be based in the Gothenburg studio but also have an overview of activities at Volvo Cars' other studios in China and California. The position will be responsible for Exterior Lighting and Components of all Volvo Car passenger vehicle programs and report directly to the Vice President of Exterior Design.

What you will do

As our Director for Exterior lighting and component you will have the responsibility to deliver outstanding Volvo Lighting and Component design work. You will lead the design team to translate great exterior designs into outstanding proposals and class leading products. In this, you will work closely with design managers, senior designers, designers and their teams. As our next director you will develop, present and sell in creative exterior designs in the area of lighting systems and exterior components at the highest level that reinvigorates the Volvo brand and carries it forward. You will also:

  • Develop strong relationships with adjacent Volvo engineering and marketing disciplines in order to secure their commitment to our new exterior design vision.
  • Instill an atmosphere of energetic creativity across all Volvo Design studios that ensures delivery of exceptional exterior design.
  • Develop strong relationships with key suppliers and Volvo plant based personnel at all levels to ensure that class-leading design is delivered in production.
  • Develop strong relationships with academic institutions to identify and develop new talent as well as new ideas.
  • Work across disciplines within design to develop strategies, which will appeal to new thoughtful and tech savvy customers.

Do you fit the profile?

You have experience in all design development phases from advanced to production as well as an education in Design. Further you have a deep understanding’) understanding of production methods for automotive lighting systems, components (grilles, accessories).  To fit this role you need to have knowledge of legal and technical requirements for exterior lighting. To conclude the requirements for this role will also be:

  • Experience from working in different parts of the world and ability to demonstrate expertise in design leadership.
  • An excellent knowledge of emerging technologies and competitive design trends.
  • Demonstrable expertise in the use of creative tools and processes (classic and/or digital).
  • Able to articulate a clear understanding of the Volvo Car brand and its DNA.
  • Experience leading multidisciplinary design teams; exterior, UX, design engineering, digital and clay modelling.

On a personal level

To succeed in this role you need have a clear design philosophy and you are able to articulate it in an inspirational fashion. Since you have a lot of contact with different stakeholders it is important that you have good communication skills. In order for you to fully enjoy this job you have to be able to demonstrate a strong aesthetic sense. Further you need to engender passion to those around you as well as have high energy levels, absorb pressure and get results.  You also need to have integrity, be open-minded and proven ability to build transdisciplinary design teams; cultivating a modern and nimble approach to product development. To conclude you have a keen awareness of "cutting edge" technical developments that influence design.

How to learn more and apply

For questions about the position please contact SVP Maximilian Missoni at maximillian.missoni@volvocars.com. For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Senior recruiter Donika Sejdiu, donika.sejdiu@volvocars.com. We want your application at the latest November 25th. Please note that applications via email will not be accepted.

Who are we?

Volvo Cars is a company on a mission; to bring traditional car manufacturing into a connected, sustainable and smart future.

Since 1927, we have been a brand known for our commitment to safety, creating innovative cars that make life less complicated for our consumers. In 2010, we decided to transform our business, resulting in a totally new generation of cars and technologies, as well as steady growth and record sales. Today, we’re expanding our global footprint in Europe, China and the US, and we’re on the lookout for new talent.

We are constantly pushing our own skills and abilities to drive change in the automobile industry like never before. We are looking for innovative, committed people to join us in this endeavour and create safe, sustainable and connected cars. We believe in the power of people and will challenge and support you to reach your full potential. Join us and be part of Volvo Cars’ journey into the future.

Gothenburg, SE
Job requisition ID:  19428

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