Position Summary

Animax is growing and looking to hire a Technical Design Director to be responsible for guiding and facilitating creative as well as mechanical/electrical/controls design and engineering methods to ensure smooth design-through-production work flow. Candidate will work in collaboration with Production Director, Creative Director, R&D Director and our design integration staff to achieve balanced compromise and solutions between creative intent and physical functionality, while constantly improving overall schedule milestones and budget adherence.

Essential Duties/Functions

  1. Developing innovative solutions, resolving design and development problems.

    1. Interact with Creative Director to achieve a balanced compromise solution between creative intent and physical functionality.

    2. Interact with R&D Director to establish priorities, brainstorm new ideas, and to organize and communicate results to other design/engineering/fabrication teams.

    3. Direct mechanical/electrical/controls design, engineering, integration, and fabrication teams.

    4. Develop better production strategies alongside the Production Director.

    5. Developing project specifications alongside Creative and Production Directors.

    6. Assist with tendering process – In conjunction with the Procurement Manager and Consultants prepare documentation, obtain competitive/negotiated tenders, and recommend appointments for external consultants and contractors to be engaged by the Company for works projects.

    7. Put together proposals/business cases.

    8. Communicate and liaise effectively with colleagues, contractors, consultants.

    9. Think both creatively and logically to resolve design and development problems.

    10. Manage budgets and other project resources.

    11. Manage change. Coordinate change with Production Director.

    12. Ensure relevant parties are notified of changes in the project.

    13. Compile reports.

    14. Review and approve project drawings and documentation.

    15. Adopt all relevant requirements around issues such as electrical, mechanical and environmental regulations and safe working practices.

    16. Correcting any project deficiencies that affect production, quality and safety requirements before final evaluation and project reviews.

    17. Perform other duties as assigned.


Degree Preferred (Industrial Design or ME/EE), not required.
20 years of relevant work experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Complete understanding of technical principles, theories and concepts in the field of product development.

  • Proficient hands-on knowledge of materials and fabrication techniques including machine part/metalworking, electrical & controls, fiberglass/composites, and soft skin systems.

  • Knowledge of electro-mechanical design

  • Knowledge of hydraulic/pneumatic/space mechanics

  • Knowledge of motion-based design

  • Some knowledge of statistical methods and analysis

  • Demonstrated knowledge of applied mechanical engineering in product design and evaluation

  • Understand both creative vision and mechanical design

  • Understands electrical engineering

  • Proficient knowledge of SolidWorks & Microsoft Office Suites

  • Knowledge of Autocad Electrical, Maya, Rhino, Adobe & other design software preferred

Physical Demands

Lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 36 lbs. Close vision work.

Work Environment

Moderate Noise; moving mechanical parts, some travel.