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Group Design Lead - Product / Industrial Design (m/f/d)



Product, Design
Munich, Germany
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2023

Starting 10 years ago with the vision of heating & cooling homes more efficiently, tado° has grown into Europe’s leading provider of intelligent climate management. Our elegant Smart Thermostats and innovative digital services guarantee users both, a comfortable home and an intelligent usage of energy. Join us to shape how energy is consumed in homes across the globe – for a more sustainable future.

We are looking for an experienced Design Lead (Physical Product / Industrial Design) to lead the designers of all product teams within our Device Experience Group - the group in charge of our physical tado° products. You’ll be part of a cross functional leadership trio responsible for defining the product vision and guiding teams in discovery and delivery.

Why work at tado°

  • Work in an empowered and autonomous cross-functional setup. Our teams have clear and ambitious objectives, minimal dependencies, and the freedom to create amazing solutions.
  • Grow personally by learning from your highly-skilled, dedicated colleagues and through frequent feedback.
  • Our way of working is at the forefront of modern product development. A good summary of our approach is "Inspired" by Marty Cagan. We interact with our users continuously, iterate frequently, limit the work in progress and aim to learn on a daily basis how to add value for our customers and our business.
  • Join an international team of 180+ people to make a great product even better, scale it to a wider audience and thereby have a positive impact on reducing worldwide energy consumption.

Group Design Lead role at tado°

As a Group Design Lead you'll ensure our device suite excites our users, meets their needs and interfaces seamlessly with our digital touchpoints. This is a full time, permanent position. Your responsibilities will include:

  • With your counterparts within the group's leadership team, the Product Management Lead and the Engineering Lead, you'll work on the vision and strategic direction of the groups products and align on it with the product teams and the upper management.
  • You'll be responsible for the design vision of our tado° device suite including physical appearance as well as the on-device UX/UI.
  • You'll lead & develop the group's designers, and ensure good alignment both between them and with other group's designer to ensure a holistic product experience for our users.
  • You'll guide the group in user centric product discovery and concept validation, ensuring we deliver the most valuable solutions to our users and great outcomes for our business
  • You are a seasoned expert in user centric development of consumer hardware and have in depth experience designing products which are both valuable and appealing to customers as well as successful in the market.
  • You have 5 or more years of experience in creating industrial design, interaction design and digital UX/UI of physical products and bringing them to the market. Minimum one year leading other designers (both disciplinarily and professionally).
  • In your previous roles you have proven your analytical approach in making evidence based design decisions. You value frequent user feedback and fast experimentation over creating extensive concepts.
  • You are conscientious, used to taking initiative over receiving directions, and can manage your time and focus.
  • You have excellent English communication skills, both written and spoken.
Big Plus
  • You have worked in a product company developing consumer electronics or IoT products in the HVAC or energy space.

  • Weekly free lunch at the office, a bright & modern space 10 mins from Munich Central Station
  • Flexible remote work policy (Please note: This role requires frequent (at least weekly) attendance at the office)
  • Learning culture beyond what is needed for the job, e.g. we offer subsidized German language courses for relocators even though you will not need German for your work
  • Discounted access to gyms and fitness offers through “Wellpass”
  • Health care services, such as skin cancer screening and flu vaccinations. We have also been amongst the first companies to offer a COVID-19 vaccination to all employees
  • 30 days of paid vacation and a company pension scheme to support your retirement
  • Competitive compensation package

Interested and want to apply?
Please let us know what motivates you to join tado° and why you think you’d be a good match. Together with your CV please upload a portfolio or a link to recent product design work examples.

Not 100% convinced yet?
If you have any questions about this position reach out to Chris.Baumann@tado.com