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Lead 3D Designer (Digital and Clay)

As us, you want to make a difference. 
Volvo design offers a contemporary luxury experience that is created around people with strength in every sense. The development of all Volvo products and services must spring from the needs of people and end with their satisfaction. When you are a part of the Design department you are also a part of the experience that we offer to our customers.

What we offer 
Design is a crucial part of creating a product identity for the customer to relate to. The design of our cars is strongly influenced by our Scandinavian origins of elegance, function, and the purity of shapes. Design at Volvo is divided into one creative part and one operative part who closely work together to fulfil Volvo’s design strategy. We offer you an exciting challenge in an international and growing company with a strong culture and great development opportunities. You will have the opportunity and responsibility to actively contribute to the growth of our business through people.



What you’ll do 
Lead designers must have expert experience in their field.  They must have in-depth knowledge of design process and what it takes to bring a car from sketch to reality.  They must utilize all design skill sets to create quality proposals of their own as well as guiding and mentoring others in parallel.  A proactive personality is required to effectively lead single or multiple design programs.


Main Tasks

  • Propose innovative and world class design solutions which push the future development of the Volvo Brand
  • Create compelling 3D models for concept and production car programs in the form of 3D digital models and 3D clay models
  • Collaborate cross functionally with all team disciplines  
  • Support program timing by delivering appropriate design proposals with speed and efficiency
  • Mentoring younger designers in parallel to your own work


Main Responsibilities

  • Provide high quality designs through 3D mediums
  • Support Designers in the creation of digital models, physical models and CG renderings
  • Availability in studio when clay models are in process. This role requires clay modeling experience as the Lead 3D Designer is expected to spearhead these efforts
  • Work on a broad range of advanced design and production programs
  • Presenting and communicating design proposals using multiple medias
  • Work with other designers to help bring their ideations to life in 3D (interns included)
  • Organize and run design reviews on a regular basis as the lead role with connection to Sweden
  • Collaborate with studio engineering on design solutions that can be brought to production
  • Review portfolios for interns and other positions when required



  • Highly skilled in both digital 3D modeling and clay modeling
  • Express a high level of creativity through visual communication skills including: digital rendering, 3D Tape drawing and surface knowledge
  • Expert skills in Alias Automotive Studio, Cinema 4d, Rhino, and Blender experience preferred
  • Skills in VRed, VR, Photoshop, PPT and other visual medias
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as internal teams
  • Expert knowledge of design quality, themes, proportions and surface execution
  • Expert level or storytelling, organization skills and presentation skills both verbally and in graphic form
  • Interview and scouting skills for both potential designers/modellers, and interns
  • 5-10 years’ experience in the field of automotive design, including at least five years of experience in digital modeling and 10 years of experience in Clay modeling

Who are we?


Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them.


Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.


Please include a link to your portfolio on your resume when applying.



The compensation for this position ranges from $120,000 - 160,000 (annually). The rate of pay offered will be dependent upon candidate’s relevant skills and experience. In addition, there is a bonus opportunity, comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, retirement plan with employer contribution and employee lease program.


Camarillo, CA, US

Job requisition ID:  63032

Nearest Major Market: Ventura
Nearest Secondary Market: Oxnard

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