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Lead Designer - Industrial Design (Architecture & Graphics)

General Motors

General Motors

IT, Design
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024

Job Description

Work Arrangement​​

This role is categorized as onsite. This means the successful candidate is expected to report to the GM Tech Center in Warren, MI on a full-time basis.

The Role

Are you a highly creative design individual who is interested in being part of one of the most exciting design organizations in the world? General Motors North America has an exciting opportunity for a creative designer within the Industrial Design studio. If you are driven and eager to propel your career forward, take your next step in joining a world-class design team at General Motors!

We are looking for a Lead Designer who has experience with Graphic Design and Architectural Design and utilizes a digital design process. This individual would have a collaborative mindset, the ability work while representing the GM Behaviors, and deliver projects utilizing the skills noted below.

What You''ll Do:

  • Strategic Thinking - Understand research data, customer needs, competition, brand values, benchmark best in set, and incorporate into a vision that informs your creative proposals.
  • Creative Theming - Deliver a variety of original creative proposals that align to the strategy through sketches, comps, and/or visuals, as well as digitally through visualizations. Strong understanding of proportion, composition, and use of color.
  • Design Judgement - Maintain knowledge of current design trends and technology. Considers aesthetics, trends, graphics, form, proportion, requirements and reach to accurately assess, select, and develop design proposals. Balances theory and practical limitations.
  • High Quality Execution - Collaborate frequently with the design team, sculpting organization, engineering, and fabrication teams in the development and high-quality execution of projects. Ability to translate 2D concepts to large scale prints and/or 3D prototypes and final production.
  • Project Leadership - Exhibit courage and challenge expectations. Present ideas frequently to management to communicate design ideas. Provide insight and recommendations to leadership while possessing willingness and acuity to act upon feedback and direction in a deadline driven environment. Ability to manage multiple tasks and timelines. Establish and maintain cross-functional relationships. Ability to work independently and within a team as well as provide mentoring.

    Additional Job Description

    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Design (Industrial Design, Product Design, and/or Graphics Design)
    • 7+ years of professional experience in a design related field, preferably architecture and graphic
    • Ability to work digitally using creative software and willingness to learn new software as needed for collaboration / growth
    • Portfolio of creative work representing projects that demonstrate use of the skills noted above


    To be considered for this position, you will need to submit a portfolio in addition to your resume and profile. We strongly recommend linking your online portfolio in the "website" section of the application as we are able to access much larger files that way. If your portfolio is not available online, please follow the instructions below to upload your portfolio as a separate attachment as you did with the resume. Please NO dropbox files or Google docs.

    1. Save your portfolio as a pdf document

    2. Name your portfolio your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME. Example: Candidate name is John Smith. Portfolio pdf file name is: Smith, John.pdf

    3. Upload as an attachment - you may have to condense the file.

    DISCLAIMER: The Works included in your Career Portfolio must not be subject to any non-disclosure and/or confidentiality agreement. If the Works in your Career Portfolio are owned by your current or former employer, or by any other Third Party, there must be an express written consent from the Owner allowing the Works to be included in your Career Portfolio for sharing with General Motors (“GM”). By sharing your Career Portfolio, you grant to GM the right to quote, paraphrase, reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use all or any portion of the Career Portfolio for purposes of making a hiring determination. By sharing your Career Portfolio, you also agree to release and discharge GM, and its licensees, successors, and assigns, from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action that you may have regarding any use of the Career Portfolio, including (but not limited to) any claims based on the right to privacy, the right to publicity, copyright, libel, defamation, or any other right.

    About GM

    Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

    Why Join Us

    We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

    Benefits Overview

    The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
    • Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
    • Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
    • Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
    • Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values;
    • Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
    • Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

    Diversity Information

    General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers. We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

    We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

    GM is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. GM is committed to providing a work environment free from unlawful discrimination and advancing equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, all practices and decisions relating to terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment are made without regard to an individual's protected characteristics. For purposes of this policy, “protected characteristics" include an individual's actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, weight, height, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition as defined by applicable state or local law, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at Careers.Accommodations@GM.com or call us at 800-865-7580. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.​