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Vista Outdoor Industrial Designer - Giro in Scotts Valley, California

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Founded in Santa Cruz, California in 1985, Giro Sport Design relentlessly develops new ideas to enhance the Ride. From the first lightweight, high-performance helmets for cycling and snowsports, to apparel that reimagines what sportswear can be, Giro maintains a strong focus on creating products to enhance the feeling of freedom and independence at the core of a rider’s experience. As a leader in the design, fit and engineering of products that complement the body, Giro is the first choice of riders worldwide. Giro remains committed to serving enthusiasts with innovative performance products, driven by the knowledge that riding is the greatest part of a great life. As long as riders keep striving for better, Giro will keep making the gear that gets them there.

This position is responsible for designing and developing bike helmets for recreation, mountain, road categories, and snow helmets in all categories, as well as snow goggles. The ideal candidate has the ability to handle moderate levels of difficulty, for which few precedents exist, through the use of shape, accent details, color, ergonomics and other design techniques in coordination with other cross-functional teams. This position will bring experience working within a hard-goods or related consumer product industry and can support the activities of both product design and project execution.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Study consumer trends related to design. Proactively adapt and conceptualize these trends as suggestions for future products or product line introductions or enhancements.

  • Able to direct the execution of design concepts and ideas to others in 2-D or 3-D as deemed appropriate.

  • Coordinate research regarding materials and constructions for all projects.

  • Create mock-ups and prototypes to evaluate conceptual designs.

  • Direct the efforts of inside and outside resources to create drawings, models and prototypes.

  • Competence and familiarity with basic model shop tools and procedures.

  • Create sketches, drawings and specifications to translate ideas into models and working prototypes.

  • Conduct cost analysis on new product designs, partnering with other internal resources.

  • Evaluate designs relative to applicable safety standards in conjunction with engineering.

  • Test functional prototypes to verify design intent through virtual or physical methods.

  • Acknowledge that your work affects the quality level of the final product.

  • Keep informed of the latest developments in the field by reading trade journals, individual contacts and attendance at appropriate meetings and/or trade shows.

  • Can deliver both conceptual and executable designs that fits a specific target market

  • Experience in communicating with overseas vendors through written or visual means

  • Communicates with Product Marketing as to features and functions of new products.

  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

  • Domestic and international travel required as necessary (10%).

Education & Training:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design (BSID) or related field.

  • 5 years’ experience in a similar position.

  • Computer experience required. Knowledge of Microsoft (Outlook, Word, Excel) and Adobe software products (Illustrator and/or Photoshop) required. Rhinoceros, SolidWorks and/or other 3D modeling is a must

  • Capable of creating realistic 3d renderings

  • Mechanical aptitude in common manufacturing techniques including injection and compression molding, forging, die casting, extrusion, finishing, etc.

  • Softgoods product development experience a plus.


  • Fostering Partnerships - Building partnerships with internal customers.

  • Promoting Teamwork - Utilizing the power of the team over individual contributions; Appreciating the Mechanical Engineering / Industrial Design development relationship.

  • Effective Communication – Clear/global communication to internal & external customers in multiple formats (written, verbal).

  • Patience / Listening / Respect - Thoughtful reflection and understanding of what others are saying before responding / reacting; acknowledging the needs and work of others.

  • Approachability - Always open to the needs of your team and customers.

  • Accepting Constructive Feedback - Utilizing the teams knowledge and individual strengths to improve upon work.

  • Accountability - Taking accountability for your actions.

  • Competent with time management, deadlines, multiple projects and the ability to handle frequent interruptions

We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including: medical and dental, vision, disability and life insurance, 401K, PTO, tuition reimbursement, and the ability to add value to an exciting mission!

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Join our talented team! Employees at Vista Outdoor are passionate and committed to delivering quality products to our customers. Our culture centers on an engaged and accountable workforce. Our goal is to attract and retain a diverse workforce: rich in talent, background, ideas and experience.

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