Lead Designer



Aprilaire is an industry leading provider of healthy air solutions who is committed to our mission; everyone deserves healthy air. You will join a team of professionals who are passionate, customer focused, adaptable, and leading the way for new HVAC technologies and innovative thinking. We are proud to be in over 7 million homes and look forward to our continued success. Give your career a breath of fresh air today and consider joining our team!


Aprilaire is growing and promoting and seeking an innovative and forward thinking Lead Product Designer to join our Engineering team. In this role you will wear many hats and be responsible for delivering creative results, working cross-functionally, and serving as a leader for other members of the growing design team. 


In this role you will:  

  • Plan, organize and manage workloads of the design team.
  • Work closely with the design team and cross-functional groups to understand product roadmaps, project scopes and appropriately allocate resources to meet schedules and goals.
  • Provide ongoing guidance and training to design team, ensuring operational and technical excellence.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor design standards and procedures to meet business needs.
  • Work closely with engineers to ensure efficient processes and high-quality deliverables.
  • Identify opportunities for increased workflow efficiencies and best practices.
  • Inspire and motivate design team by building relationships and consistently communicating business objectives and updates.
  • Provide designers with clear and consistent direction with regards to goals and objectives, standards, and schedules.
  • Complete and maintain all required records/documentation related to product change orders and other departmental processes.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues with the design system and provides technical support.
  • Provide input to project budget, resource identification, and schedules.
  • Manage CAD hardware and software systems.
  • Develop design concepts that address the specific product needs including: reliability, durability, conformance to standards, manufacturability, and aesthetics.
  • Collaborate with product engineers to ensure all requirements are met.
  • Create 3D models and 2D drawings of parts, assemblies, and products.
  • Build prototypes of parts and assemblies of new products including units for testing.
  • Prepare bills of materials.
  • Perform tolerance stack-up calculations.
  • Collaborate with industrial designer to develop initial concepts of consumer-facing parts.
  • Work with vendors to develop specifications and obtain quotations for cost estimates. 
  • Work with the Procurement Department for vendor qualification and selection.
  • Inspect incoming parts for production approval.
  • Process product change orders.


If the below describes “Me!”, apply today:

  • A two-year technical degree in related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 3 years solid modeling experience using Solidworks (must have experience with sheet metal and plastic)
  • Minimum 3 years managing a team of 5 or more individuals
  • Highly skilled in the use of SolidWorks (specifically sheet metal, injection molding, assemblies, and drawings)
  • Experience managing a team of designers
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experienced with and passionate about leading, managing, and mentoring teams
  • Highly motivated problem solver with a rigorous attention to detail
  • Deadline-driven with excellent problem-solving, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Adept at overseeing multiple ongoing projects
  • Understanding of a variety of manufacturing processes including sheet metal fabrication and injection molding
  • Understanding of prototyping processes and techniques including 3D printing
  • Ability to read and generate specifications and drawings including physical, operational, reliability, and performance
  • Experience preparing multiple creative solutions to problems encountered
  • Knowledgeable about physical product development
  • Good level of general business acumen
  • Ability to use Excel, Word, and Power Point
  • Knowledge of HVAC systems and equipment - preferred but not required
  • Statistical skills (means, standard deviations, power, and sampling) - preferred but not required



A GREAT PLACE TO WORK FOR ALL!  At Aprilaire, a division of Research Products Corporation, our employees are our most important resource. That's why we offer comprehensive benefits and unique perks, and why we create a shared purpose in giving back to our communities.


We care about your health by providing...

  • a comprehensive health insurance plan 
  • dental and vision insurance
  • flexible spending account
  • progressive wellness programming for you and your family (including fitness programs and incentives) 
  • paid sick leave
  • a safe working environment that protects you during the COVID pandemic

We care about your wellbeing by providing...

  • vacation and holiday pay
  • summer hours
  • dress for the day (casual dress code)
  • free coffee and popcorn
  • employee discounts on Aprilaire products
  • a fantastic team environment

We care when you need it most by providing...

  • company-sponsored short and long term disability plans
  • employee assistant program
  • identity theft protection
  • bereavement pay

We care about your financial wellness by providing...

  • 401(k) with company match and generous profit sharing
  • three types of life insurance coverage
  • college savings plan
  • scholarship awards

We care about your growth by providing...

  • tuition reimbursement program
  • learning and development opportunities

We care about our community by...

  • giving back to local charities through fundraising, volunteering, and charitable events
  • sponsoring employees and immediate family members for their participation in charitable events


Applicants have rights under federal and state employment laws:

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)  En Español

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)  En Español

Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA)  En Español

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)  En Español


Aprilaire is an E-Verify company 


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