We are WAACS
We help companies and brands 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 the heart of Rotterdam and develop products for brands from all over the world: from Reykjavik to Cape Town, from Redmond to Shanghai.
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.
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):
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, email@example.com.