R&D Laundry Industrial Designer job vacancy in Midea – Jobs in Kentucky

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Job Details
Company Name : Midea
Company Location : Louisville, KY 40299
Job Position : R&D Laundry Industrial Designer
Job Category : Jobs in Kentucky

Job Description :

Job Summary

Midea America Corp., is one of the world’s largest home appliance brands, offering the most comprehensive selection of products in the world to fully serve the needs of day-to-day living at home, at work, or anywhere else you go. In North America we strive to aim high, put the customer first, transform and innovate the marketplace, utilizing our commitment, dedication, inclusion and partnership with our teams. Midea America is a subsidiary of the Midea Group, a global company with over 150,000 employees and operations in more than 195 countries. As a publicly listed company, we are ranked #288 as a Fortune Global 500 company and offer one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry.

The local industrial design leader for laundry products is responsible for various versions of Clothes Washer and Clothes Dryer products – portable, full size and 24” wide washers and dryers. In addition to the industrial design aspects, the ideal candidate will also lead various product and market research activities – many of which would be focused around getting feedback on various design aspects (i.e., new appearance concepts, User Interfaces, features, marketing materials/literature, etc.). This person will help coordinate the industrial design as part of a global team with counterparts based in Italy and China. This person will be viewed as an expert on the North American market and consumer, responsible for giving product design feedback based on those requirements. Some project/responsibility requirements might be competitive benchmarking various product appearances via research activities, designing new concepts to better meet customer needs, detailed market/product analysis for each product family, and prototyping new concepts for review. Position is reporting to the Laundry Platform Leader of MARC. Position is 50% industrial design and 50% product planning (i.e., consumer/product research).

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the North American Clothes Washer and Dryer industrial design research and development projects, feature development, collaboration, and the establishment of plan of actions and milestone tracking.
  • Working with the other industrial design centers, the ideal candidate will take the lead on all North American Laundry products industrial designs and overall appearance research and proposals.
  • Using the concepts that they have generated, they will also be able to conduct the consumer research (i.e., focus groups, panel studies, online surveys, etc.) to get quick feedback to set the strategy.
  • Will conduct competitive benchmarking regarding appearance, feature set, functionality, installation, etc. as well as benchmarking Midea products and proposals – converting the results into an overall strategy and direction of the products.
  • Will be familiar with various manufacturing and prototyping processes and methods in order to recommend cost effective means to generate the desired appearances.
  • Must be a self-starter who can evaluate the product portfolios and identify numerous opportunities and will work independently to further improve products.
  • Will need to have or willing to learn some technical product knowledge in order to help write technical documents and/or improve the overall appearance of technical documents to make them easier to understand for the consumer.
  • Will work with the existing consumer research team (in US and China) and or external vendors to conduct qualitative and quantitative research regarding various products, markets, industries, etc. to help recommend new opportunities and define overall strategy.
  • Will complete design and development of new product appearance parts.
  • Work closely with the North American R&D team and the Chinese Overseas R&D team in the design and development of new concepts in order to maximize acceptance opportunities of technical design.
  • Actively participate in technical project reviews and innovation research projects.
  • Cross-functional cooperation with various internal and external engineering teams to jointly carry out project work.
  • Collaborate with project managers and Laundry R&D team on multi-generational product plan roadmaps.
  • Implement projects and special tasks as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Required/Preferred Education and Experience

Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design

Preferred Experience:

  • 1 -2 years’ experience working as an industrial designer, or a minimum of 2 Co-op rotations with Midea America Research Center.
  • Experience with UG, Creo, Solidworks, AutoCAD or other similar software.
  • Rendering Software with KeyShot preferred; Experience with UX development platforms (i.e., Adobe XD); Experience with vector graphics programs (i.e., Adobe IA and ID); Video editing experience
  • Required 100% onsite

Job Skills:

  • Hands on ability to prototype.
  • Familiar with injection molding and metal fabrication.
  • Good Communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Strong organizational skill and ability to prioritize tasks appropriately.
  • A self-starter and self-disciplined in accomplishing tasks.
  • Strong desire to learn with ability to be self-taught.

Travel to China is required when travel is permitted.

Midea America Corp, is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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