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Navistar, Inc. Industrial Design Functional Manager in Lisle, Illinois

Position Overview

Navistar designs and manufactures trucks and buses marketed under the International truck and IC Bus brands. The trucking industry is becoming more technologically advanced every day, driving innovation and quality to new levels to meet and exceed customer expectations. Navistar Innovation and Design is in search of a high energy, creative Industrial Design Manager that is passionate about all aspects of product concept development, where their innovative spirit will help shape the future of the exterior and interior of our future products.

We are seeking an Industrial Design Functional Manager who will be responsible for contributing to corporate goals to support 'Product Innovation' and 'Perceived Craftsmanship' of all Navistar products. As we continue developing our customer centric product development focus, the required skillsets will expand to include Human Centered Design to inspire innovation and creative problem solving for product development. This position is critical for future succession planning. As a level 6 in the Management Track, work is primarily accomplished through setting direction, deploying resources, and managing activities of direct and indirect resources. Establishes operational objectives, work plans, expense budgets, planning and meeting performance objectives of projects. Typically, highly experienced, decisions tend to be more tactical and operational, contributing directly to business priorities and planning. Typically provides leadership to reporting Managers, Manager Associates, Lead Designers and/or professional staff. Controls resources and policy formation in area of responsibility. Decisions are guided by resource availability and functional objectives. Ensures adherence to budgets, schedules, work plans, and performance requirements. Involved in developing, modifying and executing company policies that affect immediate operations and may also have company-wide effect. Looks beyond existing methodologies and own discipline to define and resolve complex problems. Provides input to functional or departmental strategy. Regularly interacts with senior management and executive levels.

Oversees the creation and development of the look of products including theme, surfaces, color and materials. Focuses on both overall exterior and interior product appearance and internal functionality. Evaluates feasibility of design ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods and market characteristics. Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function.

Utilizing their product design skills, experience, knowledge of materials and processes to create innovative product designs that will enhance the appearance and functionality of our new products. The Industrial Design Manager collaborates cross functionally with Engineering, Marketing and Product Platform Teams to develop new product design concepts that contribute to market growth and success.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in leading the overall design efforts for assigned projects supporting the Chief Designer(s)

  • Manage the creation of innovative product concepts from product briefs

  • Develop product design timelines to include the full scope of product develop from initial concept through AAR

  • Pro-actively review schedules and monitor progress to plan to ensure deliverables are on track

  • Prepare design reviews and cross functional team meeting reviews with the Product Platform, Engineering, and Product Marketing teams

  • Ensure all aspects of the product concept design requirements are met including voice of the customer expectations and adherence to scope of work on track

  • Maintain strong knowledge of current design/styling trends, technology and related products

  • Demonstrate an understanding of commercial vehicle products, product development and manufacturing processes

  • Capable of operating in a fast paced, dynamic and evolving environment

  • Detail oriented and self-motivated

  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Works effectively in a team environment

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree

  • At least 10 years of industrial design experience

  • At least 4 years management experience


  • Master's degree

  • At least 8 years of industrial design experience

  • At least 4 years management experience


  • At least 12 years of industrial design experience

  • At least 4 years management experience

Additional Requirements

  • Qualified candidates, excluding current Navistar employees, must be legally authorized on an unrestricted basis (US Citizen, Legal Permanent Resident, Refugee or Asylee) to be employed in the United States. Navistar does not anticipate providing employment related work sponsorship for this position (e.g., H-1B status)

Desired Skills

  • Degree (BA/BS/BFA) in Industrial Design, Transportation Design Major preferred with at least 6 years of design experience, including 1 year lead experience

  • Ability to sketch and communicate concepts and thought process two dimensionally

  • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

  • Familiar with 3D CAD software such as Alias and/or Rhino

  • Professional portfolio samples

Company Overview

Navistar is a manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles and engines. Wherever ingenuity drives global markets, you'll find us taking the lead. We believe the world is propelled forward by new ideas, brave inventors and bold thinkers. That's why we're driven to deliver a better future with strong products, sound values and solutions for a changing world.

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Visit us at www.Navistar.com to discover more about our organization

Navistar is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.