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

(SENIOR) DESIGNER SOFT GOODS

Your role:

As designer soft goods at WAACS we expect you to have hands-on experience in textile products and soft goods, preferably in the medical field (bracing products), and a 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.

Your responsibilities:

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

Your competencies (must-haves):

  • bachelor or master degree in industrial design
  • good communication skills in English and Dutch
  • 2+ years related/relevant work experience
  • hands-on experience in textile products and soft goods, preferably in the medical field (bracing products)
  • excellent technical skills in industrial design, including: sketching and visualization, CAD, storytelling and giving presentations
  • experience in consumer driven design; design research and clearly reporting of insights
  • make simple sense of complex issues
  • profound knowledge of manufacturing techniques in general and soft goods in particular

Additional competencies (nice-to-haves):

  • context mapping
  • experience with 3D CAD software (SolidWorks)
  • copywriting (story telling) in English

Applicants are encouraged to provide a personal motivation, CV and portfolio (PDF file not exceeding 10Mb or link to personal website). Send your application to Eefje Verstraelen, career@waacs.nl before 5 April 2021.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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. Are you skilled in visualizing concepts and do you know your way around in computer aided design tools such as SolidWorks, Keyshot and Adobe CC. Is it you, who is going to support our design team in all kinds of project related tasks such as sketching, CAD work, building models and participating in brainstorm sessions?

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

Unfortunately, due to legal restrictions, we can only accept internship applications from students from within the EU.