WE ARE WAACS
We help brands and companies to develop new products based on consumer insights. The people that use our products are our inspiration.

WHAT WE DO
We develop and design consumer products including user interfaces and structural packaging. We design medical braces and connected health devices. We design beer bottles and coffee makers. We develop products in plastic, metal, fabric, pixels or any other material or medium that suits best.

WORKING AT WAACS
Founded in 1992, WAACS has an established track record to build on, yet the average age is under 35. We combine the experience of a great history with the ambition of our young talent to contribute to innovations time and time again. We operate from a penthouse studio in heart of Rotterdam and develop products for brands from all over the world: from Reykjavik to Cape Town, from Redmond to Shanghai.

WAACS IS HIRING

LEAD DESIGNER SOFT GOODS

Your role:
As Lead Designer Soft Goods at WAACS we expect you to have hands-on experience (proven track record) in textile products and soft goods, preferably in the medical field (bracing products), and an holistic view on product development (so not just aesthetics). It is important that you are capable of conceptual thinking at a deeper level in order to tell the story driving the design. Additionally, you must master all the necessary industrial design skills and be a sketching and visualization expert. You need to be comfortable working independently as well as leading a project team of up to 5 people and guiding clients through presentations. While most of the projects you lead will be from our Rotterdam studio, you will have the opportunity to travel to clients around the world.

Your responsibilities:
• manage the definition and execution of concept deliverables/prepare and be responsible for executing project proposals
• effectively communicate conceptual ideas, detailed design, and design rationale both verbally and visually to clients and internal teams
• be a creative lead as well as an individual contributor to several projects simultaneously (not just managing the process)
• provide mentorship to the team’s junior designers (supporting their professional growth)

Your competencies (must-haves):
• 3-5 years related work experience
• hands-on experience (proven track record) in textile products and soft goods, preferably in the medical field (bracing products)
• excellent technical skills of industrial design, including: design research, sketching and visualization, CAD, storytelling and giving presentations
• profound knowledge of manufacturing techniques in general and soft goods in particular

Additional competencies (nice-to-haves):
• experience with design research
• experience with 3D CAD software (SolidWorks)
• experience with the development of consumer electronics and user-interfaces
• experience with ISO 13485
• French speaking

Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide a personal motivation and sample portfolio (PDF file not exceeding 5Mb or link to personal website). You may send your application to career[at]waacs.nl. Please do not send printed portfolios.
For more information you can also call Eefje Verstraelen at +31 10 4126999.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

In the past 25 years many designers have started their career with an internship at WAACS. Frank Tjepkema for example. Our internships take 3-6 months and are open to industrial design students that are close to finishing their studies.

Candidates should have good interpersonal skills and at least one of the following qualities: design talent, energy or charm. We are looking for good sketchers that already know their way around in computer aided design tools such as SolidWorks, Rhinoceros and Adobe CC.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide a personal motivation and sample portfolio (PDF file of max. 1.5 Mb or link to personal website). You may send your application to career[at]waacs.nl. Please do not send printed portfolios.