Lead Vehicle Designer, Interior

Phoenix, Arizona


This role is based at our Phoenix, AZ HQ, and would require relocation to the Phoenix area.


You’re passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special.

You want to own your space, but work with talented people on important projects.

The pace doesn’t scare you; it excites you. Quality, integrity and growth potential matter to you...We feel the same way!

Drive Forward. Introduce yourself and let’s start a conversation. Introduce yourself to us and let’s start a conversation. We’re currently on the lookout for Lead Interior Transportation Designers to join our team

What you’ll create:

The proportions, shape, placement, and surfaces for the instrument panel, seats, door trim panels, headliner, pillar trims, etc.

Understand the full Design process from research and planning to concept design and feasibility development to create the next generation of Nikola interiors.

Work with engineering on execution and feasibility

Develop appropriate presentations for senior management reviews

Storyboards for project narratives & co-create physical models for design evaluation

Collaborate with the Design Manager and Design Director to ensure that all deliverables are on target

You ensure that the work is completed on time with a high level of quality

If your DNA includes:

Visualization, leadership, and presentation skills

Taking 100% ownership & initiative to keep the development on track and ownership of your creations

Being visually creative, that relationships truly matter, very communicative

Taking pride in your craftsmanship and leading projects

What you “must” already bring to the table:

  • BS/BA/MFA or equivalent in Industrial Design with an Automotive-Design, Transportation or Product Design focus.
  • 4+ years of transportation design experience & product design (experience designing both interiors and exteriors a plus) in an automotive environment.
  • Deep understanding of strategic creative vision.
  • Led creative, future vehicle design processes.
  • Proficient in Sketching and Photoshop.
Additional Profile Characteristic Preferred:
  • Ability to create emotionally evoking designs.
  • High level of teamwork and communication skills.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Independent and structured work ethic

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada. 

This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT. 





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