Lead Industrial Designer

Ovyl Studio

Ovyl Studio

Nashville, TN, USA
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2023

About Us

Ovyl is a product development firm working on an exciting range of consumer electronics, lifestyle products, and medical devices. We're currently expanding our team in Nashville, Tennessee and are looking for a Lead Industrial Designer.

About You

As a Lead Industrial Designer, you’re not just an accomplished professional who can design great products—you’ve reached the point of your career where you’ve been instrumental on teams solving a wide range of complex and challenging problems that are bigger than just Industrial Design. Some of those team members may have even reported to you. You feel that the line between Design and other disciplines is a blurry one, and you see yourself and your teammates all as “Product Developers” first; you just happen to be one that knows Industrial Design. You enjoy mentoring others to pass skills and lessons along. You have strong aesthetic sense, but see it as the price of admission, not as the thing you do. You are compulsive about learning new things, even if you’re not sure when you will use the knowledge. You pride yourself on being a good question-asker which allows you to refine vague instructions until you have a clear direction. To you, making things and solving problems with other people is the most fun you could have at work, and that’s why you are reading this now.

In this role, you will

  • Own the industrial design of complex products from initial, exploratory sketches through detailed, factory-ready CAD, ensuring that our solutions go beyond aesthetics to solve nuanced user needs and our customer’s needs.
  • Collaborate with the Project Manager to distill project goals down to clear, actionable steps that move the work forward in a logical and efficient manner, and develop realistic estimates of their effort.
  • Drive design integration with other disciplines like Strategy, Mechanical, Electronics, Firmware, and Software, knowing when you need to bring other expertise into your process.
  • Think holistically about your projects, drawing design inspiration from things like the client’s sales strategy, how this project integrates into a future product line, sourcing and pricing constraints, emerging technology, social impact, and Ovyl’s core strengths and weaknesses.
  • Guide clients through the design process, educating them about our process in a way that makes them feel heard and in-good-hands.
  • Facilitate conversations with the team and clients via quick, loose, communicative sketches. Think whiteboards and Miro.
  • See your projects though from start to finish, which sometimes looks like doing your own DFM and documentation and sometimes partnering with an engineer on it—at Ovyl we don’t ever “toss designs over the wall” for another team to complete.
  • Provide excellent documentation for designs from initial research, to calculations, to finished specifications for manufacturing.
  • Provide art-direction for projects, including ones you aren’t a work contributor on, to help raise the bar across all Ovyl projects.
  • Coach and mentor other designers to help them produce their best work and grow.
  • Help Ovyl evolve ever-better ways of working.


  • 10+ years of professional design experience
  • A degree in Industrial Design
  • Strong sketching skills, with priority on rapid visualizations over detailed sketch-renderings.
  • High level of comfort using Onshape or similar CAD tools, especially in curvature continuous surface modeling techniques.
  • Experience participating in end-user research and prototype testing to inform and validate your designs.
  • Must live in Nashville, TN area or be willing to relocate. You must be able to work on-site when needed, but once you’re settled in you can be flexible with when and where you work provided you can attend important meetings in-person, or prototype things with others when needed.

Compensation, Benefits, & Perks

All full time employees at Ovyl get the following benefits:

  1. Annual salary range is $105,000-$130,000
  2. Health Insurance: Ovyl covers 100% of your health insurance premium. You pay the difference for a spouse and/or dependents.
  3. Dental, Vision, HSA: Ovyl offers these plans but does not contribute to their premiums.
  4. 401k + matching: Ovyl contributes 3% no matter what, by default you contribute an additional 6% (you may change this).
  5. Flexible schedules & WFH: While the expectation is a full-time commitment (40h/wk), and there will be some required time in the studio, you’ll get to enjoy a lot of flexibility on when and where you work. Want to work from home 2 days a week? Do it. Is it too perfect to be inside on a Tuesday? Work Saturday instead.
  6. Unlimited paid time off: We’re not counting vacation days and sick days, we’re just looking at your work. We strongly encourage a minimum of two weeks vacation plus sick and personal days but if you’re meeting deadlines, keeping projects on track, and making clients happy, we’re flexible on everything else.
  7. Company events: We take an afternoon off work a few times a year to have fun, hang out, and get to know each other.
  8. Maker Stipend: We want to employ people who freaking love to make stuff, so we’ll reimburse up to $600/year of any personal project spending. Put it toward building a new headboard for your bed, or buying a really nice hot-glue gun, or getting an Arduino kit and figuring out how to automate your herb garden.
  9. Learning Stipend: We also want to employ people who love learning, so we also reimburse up to $200/year for any educational resources. You can put it towards audiobooks, online courses, workshops, or events, to name a few.
  10. Access to 3D printers for personal use: If the printers aren’t needed for a project, have at ‘em. If it’s something small, it's probably ok to just print it. If it’s something big or a mini production run, we may ask that you bring your own material.
  11. Stocked fridge and snacks: We’ll stay stocked up on healthy snacks, carbonated water, coffee, tea, and beer.
  12. Join Nashville’s best product dev consultancy: You’ll get to learn new skills working alongside a great team on a wide variety of products, from medical devices that save lives to consumer products that light up a Kickstarter campaign.‍

To be considered for a position, applicants should include a cover letter, resume, and portfolio with their application at the link below