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Design Researcher

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Date: Mar 6, 2018

Location: Columbus, OH, US, 43085

Company: Worthington Industries, Inc

We are dedicated to the belief that people are our most important asset. In filling job openings every effort is expended to find candidates within Worthington, its divisions or subsidiaries. Employee development, opportunity to grow and continuing to evolve both as an employee and as a company are instrumental to our success. We encourage employees to inquire about open positions and apply to those that help further their career goals.  


This position will be responsible for leading efforts to outperform good competition by understanding customer needs and issues, and creating innovative designs that exceed customer expectations. The Engineer must be able to understand the customer, and to deliver concepts, detailed design, prototypes, testing, and ultimately a high quality product with the aid of his or her team. Project management responsibilities may also be given to this role. Ideal candidates will be able to stretch beyond their day to day role to give input into product and business strategy, and to evaluate potential partnerships and acquisitions. 


  • Makes periodic visits to experience the customer’s operations.
  • Makes observations that lead to insights into the customer’s needs that can be addressed by Worthington.
  • Delivers product concepts that achieve a balance between proven technology and existing systems, and new innovations that address customer needs.
  • Provides hands on detailed product design and prototype testing that ensure customer needs are understood and met, best in class quality is achieved, and the proper balance of timing, cost, and functionality is made. This is done with the assistance of design team and CAD techs.
  • Develops key manufacturing assets necessary to execute a product launch with an eye towards achieving market leading cost and quality. 
  • Provides project management and communication to executive leadership, sales, marketing, manufacturing, purchasing, quality, suppliers, design team, etc. 
  • Provides technical input on potential partnerships or acquisitions.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Desired Experience

  • Experience with Design Research Required
  • Creativity in product design
  • Ability to improve upon existing competitor products, and to suggest new to world products
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of design 
  • Ability to go beyond ‘making it work’ to deliver maximum value with minimum costs
  • Ability to creatively use various processes and design to exceed functional expectations without overdesigning
  • Feel for rapid prototyping and experimentation to bring failures forward, and to get customer feedback early on
  • Ability to build a plan, identify risks and persevere through inevitable failures that occur in new product development
  • Ability to estimate total cost of design vs. customer willingness to pay to create value for customers 
  • Customer service focused
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Knowledge of appropriate manufacturing environment 
  • Familiarity with regulatory specifications (e.g. ASME section VIII, DOT 4L, etc.) 
  • General knowledge of CAD/CAM, geometric dimensions and tolerances, Finite Element Analysis 



Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design required

Worthington Industries operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the Golden Rule, with earning money for its shareholders as the first corporate goal. As a market leader in metals manufacturing for nearly 60 years, we put people first, whether they’re our employees, shareholders, customers or suppliers. We’re looking for individuals who share our people-first philosophy and can help us continually innovate and grow through their insights, leadership and unique talents.

Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR) is a global metals manufacturer serving growing end markets including automotive, construction, energy, agriculture, alternative fuel and many other markets. Our family of 10,000 employees in over 80 facilities throughout 10 countries has helped us earn the respect of our customers, our communities and our industry. With sales of approximately $ 3 billion annually, our company has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as a “Most Admired Company” and four times as a “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

Worthington Industries Inc., and its subsidiaries, is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, disability or veteran’s status.

Nearest Major Market: Columbus
Nearest Secondary Market: Dublin

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