Associate Industrial Designer-Football

Des Plaines, IL

Riddell is seeking an Associate Industrial Designer with a passion for football and a passion for product creation.  As the Associate Industrial Designer, you will play a key role in designing and developing world class protective products based on advanced technologies such as Smart Sensors, additive manufacturing, and 3D scanning.  We are looking for a creative and innovative Designer with strong ideation skills to join the Riddell Research and Development Team on-site at our Des Plaines, IL office.

 As an Associate Industrial Designer, you will…

  • Generate creative concepts for new Riddell products across multiple categories
  • Explore creative concepts for opportunities not yet identified in the market
  • Verify and validate design intent through virtual and physical test methods
  • Assist the Riddell Test Lab with various testing procedures
  • Find opportunities and solutions in ambiguous environments        
  • Participate in research for new product development projects      
  • Bring products to life through rapid sketches, renderings, detailed 3D CAD models, and prototypes        
  • Work with R&D Team to evaluate new and emerging technologies        
  • Create and maintain design documentation such as engineering drawings and BOMs
  • Collaborate with Engineering, Design, Quality Assurance, and Manufacturing teams throughout the design process


This role requires a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design or a related field

  • 1-4 years of work experience
  • A combination of strong design skills and mechanical knowledge is a necessity
  • An eye for detail and proven problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional sketching, rapid visualization, and rendering skills
  • Incredible 3D modelling and advanced surfacing skills (SolidWorks preferable)
  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Ability to translate user needs and research insights into great product concepts
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects at various stages of development
  • Excellent visual, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Hands on approach and entrepreneurial attitude
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional team environment
  • strong organizational skills and acute attention to detail

Additional Skills (strong plus)

  • Rhinoceros 3D/Grasshopper
  • Python scripting knowledge