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San Jose, CA

Director of User Experience.

Neato Robotics is developing technology at the forefront of robotics & artificial intelligence.

Our products are designed to free people from household chores and will change how we all look at housekeeping tasks.  Our products, the award-winning Neato family of autonomous robotic vacuums, have set new standards for intelligence, ease of use and cleaning effectiveness.  The products have been available in retail and online in the U.S. since 2010, and more recently in Europe and Asia.  And they are only the first few of many new products to come.

Our team consists of roboticists, mechanical, electrical and software engineers and product professionals who have launched brands that are now familiar names in consumer electronics.  Our management team is seasoned in leading startups from early stage to successful multinational enterprises.

We are wholly owned subsidiary of Vorwerk International and headquartered in San Jose, CA.  For more information on Neato robotics please visit our web site at www.neatorobotics.com

At Neato, we believe the only way to build great products is to combine Industrial Design with User Experience.  The Director of User Experience will be responsible for not only defining the Application and Robotic controls, but will also be responsible for managing Industrial Design and the physical aspects of the device.   

The Director should be equally versed in design flows for both Industrial Design as well as User Experience work in Application development.  They should be able to set a direction for both teams and guide them in creating a homogeneous product experience as well as be organized and have experience with managing deliverables into the overall product team.

Required Experience:

  • Help define, prioritize, and execute a clear Product vision roadmap in concert with overall Neato Robotics strategy and highly talented User Experience and Industrial Design teams.
  • Hire, mentor, and lead an excellent team of designers and researchers.
  • Elevate and oversee the design process, both in User Experience and Industrial Design.
  • Improve the overall product experience across all Neato Robotics products.
  • Be fluent in all aspects of user-centered design
  • Be able to interpret User Stories and generate User Experience flows and requirements when provided business desires, design graphic elements, and build Industrial Design concepts and User Interface mockups and prototypes to present to stakeholders.
  • Deliver effective solutions and partner effectively across a matrix of cross-functional product, engineering, and leadership teams.
  • Participate in marketing and branding efforts as the role requires.
  • Set and achieve performance targets to measure the success of the design team.
  • Utilize data to identify problems and opportunities and evaluate the solution.
  • Push the boundaries of design beyond the "functional" to building products that people love to use every single day.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Design, Human Computer Interface, or equivalent practical experience
  • 8+ years of experience creating strategy, and designing & building highly accessible and trusted enterprise products
  • 5+ years of experience in leading cross-functional design-oriented teams
  • Ability to collaboratively create strategy from quantitative and qualitative research
  • Ability to communicate strategy to stakeholders through influence and presence
  • Ability to execute strategy collaboratively with designers, engineers and product managers
  • Experience delivering clear insights, problem solving, and simple solutions
  • A great portfolio that can help us gain insight into your work and the work you've led to completion.

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