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Artek is a Finnish design company, founded in Helsinki in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Their goal was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means.” In keeping with the radical spirit of its founders, Artek today remains an innovative player in the world of modern design, developing new products at the intersection of design, architecture, and art. The Artek collection consists of furniture, lighting, and accessories designed by Finnish masters and leading international designers. It stands for clarity, functionality, and poetic simplicity. 

For over 80 years, Artek’s products have enriched public spaces, museums, schools, restaurants, hotels, shops, as well as countless private homes all over the world. Since 2013 Artek has been part of the Swiss design company Vitra. With a small, yet dynamic and highly dedicated team, we aim to further develop Artek as an independent heritage brand within the international environment of the Vitra group.

Project Manager R&D (f/m/d)

Country/Region:  CH
City:  Birsfelden
Level of Employment:  100%
Duration:  permanent
Required Travel:  0
Company:  Vitra AG

The Position
Artek is hiring a Project Manager for product development. You will join an international team of design enthusiasts who is in charge for the Artek product portfolio. We are looking for someone who likes to have full project ownership and drives things forward with entrepreneurial spirit. 

 

Your responsibilities 

  • Conception, design and testing of components as well as checking and optimisation of the design by the means of models and prototypes
  • Product development in cross-functional teams, as well as with suppliers, in iterative feedback loops and short-term project cycles (sprints), taking into account agile methods 
  • Joint project coordination with product management from project start to release for product realization
  • Creative collaboration with designers and in-house prototyping workshops
  • Design of all components taking into account product-specific standards and guidelines 
  • Creation of assemblies, development drawings as well as kinematic models using CAD 
  • Preparation of project-specific documents and documentation 
  • Definition of product quality 
  • Project management in the innovation phase 
  • Leading project meetings, monitoring deadlines and responsibility for prototype construction, compiling the development cost book and arranging all necessary tests in the innovation phase 
  • Cost estimation in the development phase (cost book)
  • Construction of design samples and prototypes
  • Creation of data for the patent application

 

Your Qualification 

  • Completed technical studies or technical training with further training as a technician specializing in design, general mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or wood technology 
  • Several years of experience in the field of construction or mould making
  • Strong communication skills and structured way of working
  • User knowledge of CAD systems is mandatory, free-form surface modelling in Unigraphics is an advantage 
  • Creativity and a high level of enthusiasm for innovation with a strong customer orientation 
  • Ability to work in a team and flexibility
  • Knowledge of agile methods (e.g. design thinking) 
  • English is spoken in the Artek team. German skills would be of advantage for the collaboration in cross-functional teams

 

What we offer

  • A dynamic and creative environment
  • A challenging job featuring varied tasks in a leading international company
  • A salary in line with the market, including additional benefits

 

 

Are you interested?

 

At Artek, you will find a pulsating environment where you can thrive and make a lasting contribution.

 

 

If you have further questions please contact Bastian Brokatzky, Bastian.Brokatzky@vitra.com.

 

 

 

 

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